If you are looking for a mid size sedan car with all the possible luxuries, the Audi A7 is the car for you. The Audi A7 is considered as one of the most stylish entrant to the luxury sedan segment styled with what is known as “five door coupe”. Although this sedan comes with the face of a typical Audi from the front, it is much lower and wider with a slopped roof line which gives the A7 model a sporty look with a fastback styled coupe. Designed as a coupe but comes with the practical advantages of a saloon. The Audi A7 is better known in the car segment as the “sportback”, with its integrated lid of the boot and the raked window. The car first made its appearance at the Detroit Motor Show in 2009. This coupe styled sedan is now even better in terms of the style and the charm that it exudes. With the latest transmission powers, engine configuration, brand new infotainment system and the head and tail lights, the sportback A7 comes loaded with features that other cars are envious of.
The Audi A7 model went on sale on and from 2010 and was in fact released before the Audi A6 model on which the A7 model was designed. India however was able to put her hands on the Audi A7 only in 2011. The latest variant in this sector, the Audi RS7 was launched only in 2014, although it belongs to an entirely different category of cars and can only be comparable with the Mercedes’ AMG and the BMW M series models.
The latest Audi A7 measures 16.3 feet in length and has several striking features with long engine hood and a sporty flowing C pillars with a sharply descending rear end. Some of the most striking changes that strike the eye in the new Audi A7 include the bumpers, the headlights, the tailpipes, and also the single frame grille. With special customization, one can also opt for the Matrix LED headlights and the dynamic turn signals at the front and the standard ones at the back.
There is also the pearl effect like Daytona Grey, Garnet Red, Impala Beige, and the solid colors like Brilliant black, Ibis White etc. One of the best features of Audi is it can be customized with the designs and the alloy wheel size, the technical add-ons, and the seat upholstery.
It looks like the Audi A7 is designed on a clean slate as it blends best grace combined with functionality like a saloon while maintaining the dynamism like a coupe. The elite stance is portrayed by the sculpted look it sports making it a trendy sportback. Is this saloon performance oriented and rich in features that can give its rivals a run for money? Let’s dig out more details…
Style And Design
The latest variant of Audi A7 is also touted as the five door coupe and boasts of elegance and grace coupled with sophistication. It is longer than the A6 sedan and shares the platform with the other Audi models of A6, A4 and the A8. The way the roofline and the sides of the car ascends and descends is sure to attract the eyes of a possible customer. The rear of the car also has a distinct feature that can best be compared with the Mustang. The tail lamps of the car are detailed with minutest designs. The rear wing of the car flips out and adds that magical charm to the car.
The interiors of the car are exquisitely beautiful and charming as usual with prominence. The stirring performance along with the flexibility of the cargo space makes the car a comfortable one. The price of the A7 is a tad bit higher than the A6 model on which the new model is based. The hatch back sedan of Audi A7 comes in two trim levels by the name, Prestige and Premium Plus.
Cabin And Interiors
The Audi A7 is known as the sportback for a reason. It is a fine combination of a sports coupe along with a superior luxury sedan. Thus it is imperative to say that the car offers the best of the available luxury in its class of cars. The MMI screen stands right next to the AC vents. The popping out of the B & O tweeters looks rather stylish too. The steering wheel is huge with three spokes and looks excellent. The gear stalks, the dashboard and also the door panels come with a touch of silver and give the car a tidy and neat look.
The dashboard and the center console also have discreet wooden inlays that speak of aristocracy to the core. It has essentially a four passenger interior along with a large hatchback. The other elements of the interiors including the MMI multimedia control and the large LCD monitor that folds automatically are common features in all high end luxury cars. Such controls essentially mean to de-clutter the space within the car. In other words, the Audi A7 is a capable car with high grade performance.
Engine And Transmission
The engine of Audi A7 is either the turbo charged 3 liter diesel V6 or the super charged 3 liter V6 with 310 horsepower and 325 pound feet of torque. The turbo charged engine makes 240 horsepower along with a torque of 428 pound feet. Whichever is the engine, the transmission occurs on all four wheels due to the eight speed automatic engine since it is a Quattro car. The engines have new camshaft profiles and come with higher injection pressures along with the revised turbo. The suspension of the car has double wishbones in the front and multi link set up at the back. The difference between the turbo charged engine and the super charged engine is basically simple. The turbo charged engine makes use of the engine air pressure with the help of the exhaust gas used for the powering of the turbine that on the other hand pushes the air into the combustion chamber.
On the other hand, the super charger makes use of the mechanical connection with that of the engine to do the same job in slightly different manner. While the turbo charger has to wait for a while till the exhaust gas flow is sufficient for delivering the boost to start the engine, the super chargers can work as soon as the engine starts spinning with the start of the car. While there are some advantages of the turbo charger in the Audi A7, there are also several benefits of using the super chargers. For instance, while the turbo charger is like a free power, it is able to transform some of the engine’s energy into possible action. In case of the super chargers though, they are able to boost the energy of the engine, with a motivation from the engine itself. The only advantage of the super charger engine is the lower temperature for operations and the linear delivery of the boost.
Although the car comes with such great features and heavy engine powers, all the materials used in the car are light weight since it improves the overall performance of the car. The struts at the front suspension area are made with aluminum and hence the weight of the car is fairly light at 1770 Kg. The chassis of the car too comes with sporty and spacious precision. The wheels are of the diameters that range from 17 to 21 inches.
The best thing about this Audi A7 coupe’s standard kit boasts of a 2 zone automatic climate control, the multimedia interface with HD color screen, system to activate the fuel saving start and stop, along with a parking aid reverse camera system. There is also an option to choose the touch pad control for the MMI. The upholstered seats are standard in terms of looks and feel and are comfortable to seat both in the front and at the rear of the car. You can also opt for the ventilated car seats with extra charges for the same. While the driver’s seat comes along with a memory function, the front seats have the power to adjust electronically. While there is adequate knee space inside the car at the rare, Audi A7 is not very comfortable for the tall people since the roofline is low and the back support is not adequate. There is also not proper under thigh support available either. However, the car has a voluminous 535 liter boot which is very practical for long drives. The door pockets and the cup holders inside the car are spacious enough and you can use them well to store your bottles and other knick knacks when driving on road.
Some of the safety elements that you can expect in the Audi A7 include six air bags, head restraints, three point inertia reel seat belts, ISOFIX child seat mounting for the rear seats, the electronic differential lock, traction control ASR, ABS etc which belong to the inside safety elements within your car. All these factors provide the necessary safety to the car on the road. The night vision display can also be upgraded as an option. The drive select control system in the car is of the standard version and can allow you to tailor the engine, the steering and also the transmission response as per the selected modes easily. When you select the dynamic mode from that of the comfort mode, the car comes up with full throttle that can make the car feel lighter.
Some of the other amenities that come included in the features of Audi A7 are the Bluetooth mobile phone interface, the push button entry system, a power operated tail gate, the power glass sunroof etc. There are also some of the latest high tech features that are certainly going to impress you like the Audi connect system that functions with the voice controlled navigation array, that can provide you with all the local search information, real traffic situation, weather and the news reports etc. There are also the functions of the in vehicle wifi internet for eight devices at one go.
Some other features of the Audi A7 car that can impress any users and gadget freaks alike include the radar based cruise control system that is adaptive to the road conditions and can maintain the set speed on the highway. There is also the pre sense plus system that initiates the protective measure in the car like the closing of the run roof, the tightening of the seat belts, the closing of the side windows, the priming of the brakes etc. Overall, the A7 is such a car that is certain to appeal to a large section of buyer by its pleasing overall performance, elegance, capable and sophisticated look, attractive visuals and styling, and of course the cutting edge features. Thus if you have the budget and wish to drive a truly luxurious car in terms of the technology and design, Audi A7 is the best choice for you as far as the middle sized sedan in the luxurious class of car is concerned.
Among the top end brands available in India, we felt that the Audi A7 is highly equipped. Be it the high quality materials, exquisite styling and craftsmanship and ergonomic design make the cabin a luxurious abode and the best place to stay while driving. This vehicle offered by Audi is not just about the show but it speaks a lot about performance which is parallel to its dominant persona. With a better road presence, A7 ranks the best in the car segment. The Audi A7, comes in variety of body colors like glacier white, moonlight blue, Havana black, etc that fall under the category of metallic colors. If you are looking for a complete car that is suitable for all kinds of roads and weather, Audi A7 it is that you must drive. It comes with a very impressive fuel economy. Although it comes with a heavy price tag, each penny is worth the value of the car. We can happily conclude that the brand new Audi A7 is truly a connoisseurs’ choice as it has delightful features and performance oriented power mill.
Audi A7 has been recognized as the Esquire Car of the Year 2011. It was also termed as the best car in 2012 by Auto Week magazine and was also the international car of the year in 2012 by ICOTY Awards. The on road price of Audi A7 ranges from Rs. 84.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Engine and transmission: 3/5 Appearance: 3/5
Comfort: 3/5 Performance: 4/5
Value for money: 3/5 Fuel economy: 4/5
Overall Satisfaction: 4/5