Audi's now-famous knack for creating great automotive interiors is on full display in the 2014 A7. All A7's use 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 five in the A7, and four in the S7 and RS 7, which have two bucket seats separated by a storage console between them. Either way, that graceful roofline makes rear-seat headroom tight for tall passengers.
The face of the 2014 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 5-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 Standard Equipment
The 2014 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, Audi connect, a power sunroof, 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, power door closers, Audi side assist, a Bose audio system, ventilated front seats, and 4-zone climate control. Standard safety features include traction and stability control, and six airbags.
Notable Optional Equipment
Most A7 options are bundled into four option packages. The Driver Assistance Plus Package features adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, corner view camera, 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 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. Equally quick but far more fuel-efficient is the new 3.0-liter TDI clean diesel that earns an EPA estimated 38 mpg on the highway. With its 420-horsepower twin-turbo V8, the lusty S7 makes even shorter work of 0-60, taking just 4.5 seconds, while the 560-horsepower RS 7 makes the same run in a scant 3.7 seconds. Remarkably, the RS 7 and S7's blistering performance comes at a cost of just a few mpg in the EPA city/highway ratings. In A7, S7 and RS 7, 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 (A7 3.0T)
310 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg
3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 (A7 TDI)
240 horsepower @ 3,500 rpm
428 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/38 mpg
4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (S7)
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
4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (RS 7)
560 horsepower @ 5,700-6,600 rpm
516 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/27 mpg
The 2014 Audi A7 Premium Plus has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $65,500, while the Prestige starts around $68,300. Fully outfit an Audi A7 Prestige and the price can blow past $83,000. The sportier S7 starts close to $81,000 and can top $96,000. Looking to the top of the mountain, the 2014 Audi RS 7 starts around $105,000 and peaks beyond $130,000. While less expensive than the Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW Gran Coupe, the Audi A7 costs considerably more than the Volkswagen CC. For up-to-date pricing on the A7 be sure to check out the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price. When it comes to resale values the A7 is expected to perform reasonably well, with residual numbers that match those of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and best the BMW Gran Coupe.
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