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If you want a great, high-performance, German-engineered luxury sedan, buy an Audi A6. If you want a great, high-performance, German-engineered sedan that combines the convenience of a hatchback and the styling of a sporty coupe in a sedan’s framework, you want the 2013 Audi A7. It costs a little more, to be sure, but it’s an impressive package. There’s no doubt you’re getting something special for your money.
While the A7 is a stunning vehicle, it does have its drawbacks. You really can’t fit three people comfortably in the rear, despite its five-passenger claims, and any rear-seat passengers may not get the legroom or headroom they’re hoping for, due to the hatchback styling. On the other hand, there’s plenty of cargo space, lots of luxury features and a beautiful interior to go with the remarkable exterior styling. The A7 has a powerful engine and is fun to drive, with all-wheel drive, four mode Drive Select to help ensure you get the ride you want, and a Sport mode to help you up the excitement level.
The 2013 Audi A7 comes in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims. It may not seem overly expensive for a luxury automobile in this class, but it’s not exactly cheap to begin with, and once you start piling on the options, which you’ll find tough to resist, the price gets serious pretty fast. Still, this is a car you’ll never forget and love to own, so if you can afford it, you need to give the 2013 Audi A7 some serious consideration.
New For 2013
One of the most welcome changes for the 2013 Audi 7 for those who love speed and power is the addition of a sporty S7 model. You’ll also notice new features like lane departure warning, corner view camera and auto stop/start.
The exterior of the 2013 Audi A7 is a big part of its appeal. It’s slightly slanted front, elongated headlamps, aggressive grille, and a body design that recalls a sporty coupe rather than the luxury sedan that actually lays within make this car unforgettable. The rear hatchback-style design makes cargo loading easy and adds to this vehicle’s distinctive style. The Audi A7 comes with 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, a sunroof, and a power liftgate. The Premium Plus upgrades you to 19-inch wheels with auto-dimming outside mirrors. With the Prestige, you get the S line exterior trim along with adaptive headlights. There’s a wide range of exterior color possibilities, everything form Brilliant Black to Garnet Red Pearl Effect to Moonlight Blue Metallic to Glacier White Metallic.
Interior & Cargo
You’ll definitely appreciate the luxury interior of the 2013 Audi A7. The base Premium model includes heated eight-way power seats with power lumbar support, leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. You also get the Audi MMI electronic interface system with touch-screen control standard, and Bluetooth connectivity is built in. Entertainment comes in the form of a CD player and satellite radio with Bose sound, along with an iPod interface. The next trim level up upgrades the MMI system, with voice controls and color display, and it provides a navigation system and keyless start. The top model ups the climate control from three zones to four, provides ventilated front seats, and blows out the audio system to 14-speaker surround sound. Cargo loading is easy and there’s plenty of space, a full 24.5 cubic feet.
Front legroom is ample at 41.3 inches, but the coupe/hatchback design makes things a little bit cozier for the rear-seat passengers, who have 37 inches of rear legroom and only 36.6 inches of rear headroom.
You’ve got some great safety options with the Audi A7. Some of the safety features you can add through upgrades and option packages include a heads up display, infrared night vision display, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a blind spot warning system, a front collision warning system, a rear-end collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear corner-view cameras.
Standard safety features on the 2013 Audi A7 include a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, and emergency brake assist. The airbag system provides not only front and rear head airbags and front knee airbags, but dual front side-mounted airbags with head protection chambers for added safety. You’ll also find an alarm system and engine immobilizer as well as child seat anchors and rear-door safety locks, tire pressure monitoring, and front seat-belt pretensioners.
The 2013 Audi A7 comes with a supercharged, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine, linked to an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission. This mighty engine generates a very healthy 310 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. This all-wheel-drive Audi with a multi-link front and rear suspension handles like a dream. It’s extremely responsive, sounds great, and provides plenty of acceleration and speed, sprinting from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds. Audi ensures that you get exactly the kind of ride you want with its Audi Drive Select system, which lets you shift modes depending upon your preferred ride characteristics. You can go with the laid back Comfort Mode, the sporty Dynamic mode, or the Auto or Individual modes. For more of a sports car feel, you can also upgrade to the Sport Package for 19-inch wheels (upgradable to 20 inches), a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, and a sport-tuned suspension. Fuel economy on the 2013 Audi A7 is fairly good, coming in at 18/28 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Audi A7
- Jaguar XF
- Porsche Panamera
- BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
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