2016 Audi A7 3.0T Quick Take
Conventional wisdom is that hatchbacks are a hard sell in the U.S. market. But there probably would be more sold if they were as sleek as the 2016 Audi A7 3.0T, a handsome 4-door that has the added utility of a liftback. In addition to the unique body style, the Audi A7 has all the features and creature comforts you’d expect in a German luxury car with a base price approaching $70,000.
For 2016, Audi has refreshed the A7 with a slightly subdued single frame grille and slimmer LED headlights which add to the car’s athletic looks. Engine tweaks have added muscle to the supercharged 3.0-liter V6, which now produces 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Those who appreciate the torquier 3.0-liter turbodiesel promised for the model year are out of luck as that engine lacks certification as a result of the VW diesel scandal.
More power and fuel economy
In addition to more power being delivered to all four corners through the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive system, Audi has managed to bump up fuel economy over the 2015 model. It’s now rated at 24 mpg combined on top of 20 mpg city/30 mpg highway numbers, about a 2 mpg gain on both the city/highway cycles. Part of this improvement is no doubt attributable to the stop/start system, which has no obvious defeat switch. That system is not particularly seamless and coupled with a drive-by-wire throttle that’s a bit touchy, being smooth when pulling away from a stop with a light foot is tricky. It’s less noticeable the more enthusiastic you get with the accelerator, but naturally, you have to expect some negative impact on fuel economy.
Of course, if you can afford the $75,425 sticker of our test model (which includes a $2,650 Prestige package that features Bose Surround Sound, a ventilation upgrade to the standard heated seats, a head-up display and LED interior lighting), you’re probably not too worried about the price of premium fuel. Other goodies that helped push up the price were a $1,500 Black Optic package that featured a blackout treatment on the grille, 20-inch wheels and other exterior trim bits, a $1,000 S-Line sport package that included a tauter suspension and a $500 cold weather option that added a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.
The sophisticated styling of the A7 both inside and out, coupled with the ability to offer nearly wagon-like functionality enables this Audi to occupy a unique space in the luxury segment for those looking for something out of the ordinary.
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