There has been a buzz about the A7 ever since it was announced, designed to fit in between the sporty A6 and the elegant A8 sedan, this coupe is a perfect mix of both models. That combination of styles and technologies make it a sophisticated and beautiful piece of machinery.
On the outside, this coupe is stunning in appearance, and we think is one of the best looking Audi’s yet. On the exterior the A7 looks like a coupe but has four doors and a hatchback that gives ample trunk space for those who need it. The lines are distinctive and clean with a low roofline that keeps on going all the way to the tail to a very sexy, retractable spoiler that helps with aerodynamics. In terms of dimensions, it is large, almost 16.5-feet long and over 6-feet wide, and weighs in at 4150 pounds, but surprisingly it still remains limber and graceful when moving. Amongst the features that stand out with the Prestige 3.0 TFSI trim, the dramatic LED daytime running lights in the shape of a slash below the headlights glow whenever the car is running giving it a feline appearance that implies speed.
The A7 comes equipped a 3-liter V6 with 310 horsepower and 325 feet of torque. Though the horsepower might not sound like much compared to other contenders in its field, the A7 is far from being underpowered. The supercharger gives it a smooth, deliberate acceleration without pinning you to the seat when decide to go faster. As with other 8-speeds from Audi, the shifts are quick and effortless. Traction is outstanding with the Audi’s “quattro” all wheel drive that provides comfort and control even when taking curbs. The A7 drinks fuel at mpg 18 city and 28, good for a vehicle of its size.
On the interior the A7 has an amazing cockpit that makes one feel like being in a sports car. Offering seating for four, the inside is spacious and comfortable. One drawback though, is that given the low roofline getting in and out of the car may be a somewhat cumbersome for certain people. Inside we find a mixture of textures from high-end leather to the wood trim that is unlike many we see, being more organic and grainy. The vehicle-user interface is very well thought-out and practical. The touch sensitive controls make finding where you are or an address a breeze. The A7 is the first to use Google Maps in their navigation system, that apart from being extra cool, makes it much easier to know where one is located with its satellite photographic quality. The MMI touch input system grades the driver’s handwriting, allowing the user to load in addresses and other information easier and faster, a major breakthrough in terms of technology.
Beginning at $59,250 and going all the way to $80,000, the A7 is a luxurious coupe aimed at stylish families or empty nester’s looking to put more pizazz into their lives, but given the way it looks and drives one would think it would cost thousands more. If you are in the market for a top-notch luxury sedan that is super sporty, the A7 is a must see.