The Audi A7 was introduced for the 2012 model year as a companion to the A6 midsize luxury sedan.
Audi A7 Overview
The Audi A7 is a rival to other “four-door coupes” such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, but with the added usefulness of a hatchback that makes a stylish car far more practical at carrying both people and packages.
Fundamentally, the A7 is an Audi A6 underneath, sharing that model’s ability to cosset passengers and soak up miles – for a price, of course. But it also packs in the A6’s modern technology, with features such as in-car Internet connectivity to support built-in Google Maps, a full suite of advanced driver assist features and even a night vision camera.
When it launched in 2011 as a 2012 model, the A7 was available with one engine: a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 310 horsepower, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. Standard equipment on all A7s included 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, xenon headlights, heated front seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth, satellite radio and an iPod adapter. Popular options include navigation with an in-car Wi-Fi hot spot, adaptive cruise control, four-zone automatic climate control, 20-inch wheels and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
For 2014, a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 was added to the lineup. This engine drops output to 240 horsepower, but also offers a substantial 428 pound-feet of torque (103 pound-feet more than the gas engine provides). The turbodiesel A7 also offers superior fuel economy figures of up to 38 mpg highway, which is impressive for a luxury sedan of this size. Some equipment and trim levels were changed, and all A7s gained the Audi Connect in-car Wi-Fi, a backup camera, a power liftgate and 19-inch wheels.
The 2016 A7 sports a mild facelift with some changes to the grille and wheels, while LED headlamps are standard. The gasoline V6 also gains horsepower, now at 333. A faster processor for the Audi MMI infotainment system was introduced, with better graphics for the navigation system. The optional night vision system was also updated and now recognizes animals as well as pedestrians.