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2013 Audi A7

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2013 Audi A7 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.2

The 2013 Audi A7 and S7 follow the oxymoronic "4-door coupe" concept launched by the Mercedes-Benz CLS and brought to the middle class by the Volkswagen CC. Audi expanded the category with the sleek A7, which sports a roofline reminiscent of a coupe and incorporates a useful rear hatch over a generous cargo deck. In a sense the 2013 A7 embodies all the best that Audi currently offers: sizzling emotive design plus substantive attributes such as all-wheel drive (AWD), advanced in-car technology, compelling driving dynamics and even practical functionality.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a car that makes a strong visual statement, you'll appreciate the modern yet tasteful shape of the 2013 Audi A7. Also, folks in wintry parts of the country will like the A7's standard quattro AWD.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 4-door-coupe idiom may be an acquired taste. If you think a proper luxury sedan needs a traditional, formal roofline, or if you want full SUV-style hatchback utility, there are plenty of alternatives for you, from Audi and others.

What's New for 2013

Newly introduced just last year, the Audi A7 carries into 2013 with no major changes. The late-introduction S7 likewise goes unchanged.

Driving the A7
Driving Impressions

Utilizing an excellent supercharged 3.0-liter V6, a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission and standard quattro AWD, the 2013 Audi A7 dishes up rapid acceleration for passing, merging or just increasing one's...

... heart rate. Once up to speed the A7 is a very stable, quiet and comfortable long-distance cruiser. Audi's 4-door coupe also plays well with serpentine roads, rewarding the driver with precise steering and high cornering limits. Drivers can tailor the vehicle's character using Audi Drive Select, choosing between Comfort and sportier Dynamic settings to adjust the immediacy of the throttle response, aggressiveness of gear shifts and weight of the steering. Of course, if you're really serious about sporty dynamics, the S7 variant takes you there, with a 420-horsepower twin-turbo V8 and brakes and chassis tuning to match. Even in this guise, the car remains a comfy and civilized grand tourer, but its intensity is turned up a lot.

MMI TOUCH
Buyers who step up to the Premium Plus trim enjoy MMI Touch, a neat touch-sensitive pad that lets the driver input letters and numbers by drawing them with a fingertip. It turns out to be much less gimmicky and more usable than it sounds.

NAVIGATION WITH GOOGLE EARTH
Google Earth is impressive enough on a home computer; in a vehicle's navigation system it is even more striking, and quite practical. Improved awareness of one's surrounding area and the sheer coolness of a helicopter-like map view make navigation with Google Earth a delight.

2013 Audi A7 Details
Interior

Audi's now-famous knack for creating great automotive interiors is on full display in the A7's luxurious cabin. All A7's utilize Audi's MMI interface, a rotary selection knob surrounded by four push-buttons, to control many vehicle functions. The rest of the dash becomes attractively uncluttered as a result. Seating is comfortable for four, and, optionally, workable for five; the standard rear seat has two buckets and a storage console between them, but a 3-place bench seat can be substituted as a $350 option. Either way, that graceful roofline makes rear-seat headroom tight for tall passengers.

Exterior

The face of the 2013 Audi A7 has the trademark oversized hexagonal grille and LED running lights, and the body lines are similarly standard Audi issue. But the A7 distinguishes itself in the roofline, which cuts low over the rear windows and tapers all the way to the tail. It looks great but does ask occupants to duck when entering the rear seat. The A7's 4-door-coupe design marries aero-look efficiency with clean styling in a way entirely consistent with Audi's brand character. The faster and meaner S7 is identified by subtle badging and trim and 1-inch-larger wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Audi A7's standard equipment list includes leather seats, power heated front seats, keyless engine start (though, oddly, not keyless entry), 3-zone automatic climate control, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth, 18-inch wheels and a power sunroof. The Premium Plus trim adds Navigation with Google Earth, MMI touch and an 8-inch screen, 19-inch wheels and front and rear parking sensors. The highest Prestige trim offers keyless entry, a Bose audio system, ventilated front seats and 4-zone climate control. Standard safety features include stability control, traction control and six airbags.

Optional Equipment

Most A7 options are bundled into four option packages. The Driver Assistance Package features adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and a collision-warning system. The Innovation Package adds LED headlights, a Head Up display and a night-vision system that automatically recognizes and highlights pedestrians. Included in the Sport Package are 19- or 20-inch wheels, a sport suspension and a 3-spoke steering wheel. A 3-place rear bench seat is available to replace the two rear buckets, making the A7 a 5-seater. A 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system is offered for a hefty $5,900.

Under the Hood

Today, 310 horsepower in a luxury sedan might seem barely adequate but thanks to an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission, the A7 makes the most of its 3.0 supercharged V6's output. Zero-to-60-mph acceleration runs take just 5.4 seconds thanks in part to the broad spread of torque through the low- and medium-speed ranges. With its 420-horsepower twin-turbo V8, the lusty S7 makes even shorter work of 0-60, taking just 4.5 seconds. Remarkably, the S7's blistering performance comes at a cost of just a single mpg in the EPA city/highway ratings. In both the A7 and S7, power is sent from the transmission to the standard quattro AWD system, greatly improving stability and confidence on slippery roads.

3.0-liter supercharged V6
310 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg

4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8
420 horsepower @ 5,500-6,400 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400-5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/27 mpg

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2013 Audi A7 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 24 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

2016 A7..... All I can say is FUN to drive!

By on Friday, May 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautful design inside and out. Great ride."

Cons: "Prem Gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"From the Google earth GPS to the Dynamic driving options this is one of the best cars I have ever driven. If you are in the market for a car that is fun to drive, great looking, yet actually has some trunk space. This is the car. I test drove about 20 cars prior to buying the 2016 A7, but one test drive in the A7 and I was sold. 2 People I know bought the same car within months of riding in mine."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Reliable, responsive, comfortable plus turns heads

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I could talk all day about my 2016 Prestige Gas. The design, the lines, integrating the trapezoids in and out, speaks for itself. I just came back from a 2600 mile road trip with someone who hates to drive... but not this car. the frosting on the cake was the mileage, overall was over 31.6 and the last leg on the highway 36.6"

13 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Smooth, Quiet, Economical, Reliable and Quality

By on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Exceptional Quality Inside and Out"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Going on 3 years and still the best car I have ever owned. It has great looks, easy in-and-out loaded with technology and safety features, fast with excellent ride comfort. I get 20+ MPG no matter what type of driving and it is just a pleasure to drive."

33 people out of 61 found this review helpful

Beautiful and Practical and Beautiful

By on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Lots of comfort and plenty of power when needed"

Cons: "Price? Find something this gorgeous for less."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The most beautiful car I've ever seen in person. I was thinking about an A6 and couldn't resist the highly stylized A7 hatchback. The premium of a comparably equipped A7 vs. A6 is worth it. I have a Premium Plus with only option being Cold Weather Package (A Southern Wisconsin Must). After 9 months and 13000 miles, I still smile every time I see it or sit in it. I have three young kids and the whole family fits comfortably, even with car seats. The hatchback is awesome: looks cool going up and down and practical for Costco runs. After breaking it in over the long Wisconsin winter, the warm weather this spring has been a nice reminder of the amazing fuel economy this GAS 3.0T is capable of. I regularly hit 30-32mpg (with premium, no EtOH gas). Average for the last 5000 miles is 25.5mpg...for a 4200# full size sedan. These are 75mph+, mostly highway miles. As amazing as it looks on the outside, the interior is phenomenal. Every knob and switch is exactly where it is supposed to be. You can navigate the entire navi/media/HVAC/computer by touch, never taking eyes off the road. Love being able to tuck the screen away in the dash, especially at night. You will not find a better designed user interface, especially with all the features available between the tach/speedo. It just works. It is effortless. After years of messing with awfully designed touchscreen, this is the way to go. Bless you MMI. OK, so I love it. It's Moonlight Blue with a Nougat Brown interior. No other car looks like this. I couldn't be happier."

20 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Best Sports lux Diesel of all - 38 MPG v6 :)

By on Thursday, December 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,895

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "power v8 feel , with tdi gets 38 mpg!, looks wow!"

Cons: "navigation search buttons, seats a bit tight, none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Yes this car is pricy but the a7 look and power blows out the competition by far. With the TDI diesel we are now getting 38 mgp in combo driving with no eco assist button. Meaning we do not conserve power and usually drive about 79 mph on the freeway and do a lot of city also. Styling is so cool and sleek very impressive looking and what power it goes easy 100 mph and is smooth. You do not even need sports mode which is a bit stiffer. And its very fun to drive. We love it after 6 months. We also bought full 10 year extended warranty since its our first audi. Also we recommend and love the safety assist which will stop the car if needed automatically on freeways and anticipates cars and objects in its path , lane and safety assist is awesome (it was a must for us). Only regret is we did not get full led headlights which i still regret. So the guy who says it was not worth $40k should just get a fully loaded honda which prices out there or and acura but it will not be a high end lux power car like this one. Cost to drive per mile is a bit high but in the league of panamera. Audi by far beats lexus and bmw and benz we tested and looked at all of them. So if you want high style , fuel efficiency and power this is the car. Who said diesel is not great? we save about $120 per month vs our lexus sc430 gas. So a7 just drive one its not 1980 anymore folks....."

35 people out of 65 found this review helpful

Super Car with great features and handling

By on Saturday, August 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Dealer maintained, replaced two rear tires due to slow leak in one, always garaged, retired owner no commuter driving or salted roads. Technology pkg includes Head-up Display"

18 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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