For its last model year on the market, the current A7 gets an optional Competition Package.
Underneath its attractive sheet metal, the A7 is all but identical to the considerably more affordable A6 sedan. But unless blending in is your priority, the A7 makes a strong case for itself with inspired, almost Italian-esque sheet metal that apes the sleek roof line of a sports car.
The theme continues inside, where flowing lines, metal accents and a variety of available wood trim choices - including exquisite lacquer-less "natural" ash - create a ritzy, fashion-forward environment. Some rear headroom is sacrificed in the name of the A7's dapper lines, but if your passengers are small enough you can stuff three of them on the rear bench.
Because of its hatchback configuration, the A7 provides easy access to its generously sized (24.5 cubic feet) cargo area. The rear seats fold flat when more space is needed.
Being a modern Audi, the A7 is equipped with MMI, or multimedia interface, which includes an eight-inch pop-up display, a five-inch information LCD display and an optional head-up display for the windshield. The MMI also boasts an industry first: the ability to recognize driver handwriting via the touch input pad, allowing for the input of both navigation and telephone information.
The A7's only available engine is a supercharged supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 340 horsepower between 5,300 and 6,500 rpm and 325 pound-feet of torque from 2,900 to 5,300 rpm. It's good for a zero-to-60 mph sprint of 5.2 seconds and fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
It shifts throughan eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels via Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Standard and Optional Features
The A7 is available in two trim levels called Premium Plus and Prestige, respectively.
Premium Plus models come standard with automatic LED headlights, door mirrors that are power-adjustable, heated and auto-dimming, a power liftgate, an adaptive rear spoiler, heated washer nozzles, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way adjustable power front seat, navigation with voice control, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, a HomeLink transceiver, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and start, parking sensors on both ends and a rear-view camera.
The list of standalone options includes a Bose surround sound system, rear side airbags and a long list of alloy wheels and metallic paint colors.
Stepping up to the Prestige trim brings LED ambient lighting, a heads-up display and a 630-watt Bose surround sound system with 14 speakers. Additionally, Prestige models can be ordered with night vision, a Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system and power-closing doors.
Both Premium Plus and Prestige models are available with a several option packages including the Driver Assistance package, which brings corner view cameras, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control with a stop and go function, high beam assist and Audi's pre-sense plus.
Buyers can order the optional Competition Package. While it doesn't turn the A7 into a race car, it adds black mirror caps, red brake calipers, 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped by summer tires, a sport suspension, and a quattro sport differential. Inside, there are sport seats with diamond stitching, brushed aluminum trim, a black headliner, and a three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel.
A luxury car wouldn't be complete without numerous active and passive safety features to keep its precious occupants safe, as is the case with the A7. The A7 employs an adaptive restraint system that is integrated into the Audi pre-sense safety system, which intelligently manages airbag deployment and seatbelt tensioners simultaneously in the event of a near of actual accident.
The optional Audi pre-sense plus system can detect imminent collisions and autonomously apply full braking force to prevent or mitigate the severity of a crash.
Other standard safety items include front, front knee, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems and electronic brakeforce distribution.
The A7's main rivals are the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Other competitors include the sleek Jaguar XF as well as the Porsche Panamera.