With its fascinating looks, Audi A7 does draw attention and it is a saloon that is desirable on other fronts too. Its effortless performance, plush interiors and glorious gadgetry make it one of the most lovable premium luxury cars in India.
Here’s a peep into the features of the more popular trim – A7 3.0 TDI Quattro powered by 2967 cc V6 engine mated to 7 speed automatic gearbox. It churns out 245 bhp and 51 kgm of torque.
A low brooding profile and slit eyed headlamps may not be to everyone’s liking but the coupe like silhouette with a fastback rear give the A7 3.0 TDI Quattro a rich visual appeal. The large front grille and prominent air dams make it sportier. With a length of 4969mm it sure is a swanky German executive car though racier than regular luxury saloons. Stylish body coloured ORVMs have side turn indicators. The longitudinally mounted engine transfers power to all four wheels and as in other models with Audi Quattro systems, it sends 60% of its power to the rear axle. This A7 trim runs on 255/45 R18 tubeless tyres. At the back, the athletic looks are result of a sleek bootline, elongated tail lamps and chrome tipped twin exhaust. The rear glass is large and has a subtle slope.
Inside the cabin you feel engulfed by high levels of sophistication. The plastic and wooden layers of the dashboard have been sculpted with rich materials that are so typical in an Audi sedan. Silver trims around the speakers on door panels, AC vents, and on the steering wheel lend more class to the cabin embellishment. Upholstered in premium Valcona leather, the seats have been ergonomically designed and thanks to wheelbase of 1911mm there is adequate legroom on all. The instrument panel under a curvy shroud has large, clearly readable dials.
In the centre there’s the MMI interface to keep the driver informed on average fuel consumption, average speed and distance to empty. It also has a digital clock. A large MMI screen slides out to stand on the centre console. Navigation assistance is standard. The integrated 2 DIN Bang and Olufsen music system plays radio, CDs, DVDs, MP3 files and is compatible with iPod, USB and Aux devices. You can stream your mobile music and take phone calls effortlessly thanks to Bluetooth connectivity.
Cabin comfort is a primary selling point for the A7 and so there are loads of features to pamper the occupants of this car. The four zone climate control unit lets driver and passengers select temperature levels as per individual comfort. Audi’s drive select system (standard on the A7) can be used to customise a range of things including engine responsiveness, steering weight, suspension set up and also seatbelt pre-tensioning.
Driver and front passenger can electrically adjust their seats for height and lumbar support. There is a big centre armrest in front. At the rear seats too there is ample shoulder and headroom. Rear seats have centre armrest and are also foldable in 60:40 split. Cup holders have been sculpted for both front and rear parts of the cabin. Large map pockets are carved out on the front doors. You can store your favourite chocolates and cold drink cans in the air cooled glovebox. Steering wheel mounted cruise, audio and temperature controls make it simple for drivers to set different cabin aspects as required. Features such as voice control, smart access card entry, gearshift paddles, fuel saving engine stop start button, parking sensors and reverse parking camera make this plush saloon more pleasant and simple to drive. With ambient illumination on centre console, door panels and separate reading lamps, the cabin can be well lit when required.
Tried and tested safety set ups such as anti lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control and electronic stability program have been used to make Audi A7 3.0 TDI Quattro a very safe saloon. It comes equipped with a six airbags, side & front impact beams and crash sensors for further safety. Thanks to advance Pre Sense set up the essential safety features are automatically activated as soon as the car detects any signs of collision or crash. General safety attributes subsume child safety locks, power door locks, engine immobilizer, anti-theft alarm, seat belt warning, open/improperly closed door warning, and engine check warning lights.
The price tag on this swanky, posh and upmarket Audi A7 3.0 TDI Quattro is a mammoth Rs. 81.37 lakhs. Yes, it is expensive but those looks, drivetrain and equipment are attractive enough for luxury car buyers to choose it over some other premium cars in Rs 50 lakh plus price range.