New for 2015The Audi A7 receives a number of changes for the 2015 model year -- newly standard equipment includes four-zone climate control, a three-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles, and power-folding mirrors.
Vehicle OverviewThe Audi A7/S7/RS 7 is a stylish four-door hatchback with a sloping roofline and multiple variants that fills the space between the A6 sedan and the flagship A8 sedan. All A7 models include Audi’s signature quattro all-wheel-drive system.
SummaryThe Audi A7 is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 310 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic for and EPA-estimated 18/28 mpg city/highway. An available turbodiesel 3.0-liter V-6 makes 240 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque that gets an EPA-estimated 24/38 mpg when paired with an eight-speed automatic. Stepping up to the more performance-oriented models, the S7 has under its hood the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, which makes 420 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque in the S7 and gets paired with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic, and 560 hp and 516 lb-ft in the RS 7, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17/27 mpg in the S7 and 16/27 mpg in the RS 7.
The 2015 Audi A7 features a corner view system (front and rear corners, aids when parking or pulling out into traffic) as well as a top view camera system, head-up display, night vision (infrared and thermal imaging with pedestrian recognition), adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, side assist (blind spot warning), full LED headlights, and an adaptive rear spoiler. The 2015 Audi A7/S7/RS 7 has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
What We ThinkThe 2015 Audi A7 is a wonderful balance of sport and luxury, delivering great looks with a luxurious interior and a capable powerplant. In our Four Seasons review of a 2012 Audi A7 we noted, “The A7 holds 24.5 cubic feet in the rear cargo hold versus the 14.1-cubic-foot trunk in the A6 sedan, on which the A7 is based.” This enabled multiple long distance road trips in ours, where the A7’s supercharged V-6 and eight-speed were welcome companions. Fuel economy stretched to a hard-to-believe 29 mpg on highway stints (with lead-footed auto journalists behind the wheel), and one editor commented, “I know some potential customers are turned off by the lack of a V-8 … but the supercharged six offers more than enough scoot."
One concern was the rearward visibility, which was compromised by the sloping rear window and the curvaceous rear fenders. Audi should consider adding a windshield wiper to that rear window as it tended to collect raindrops, making it almost opaque during downpours. “The RS 7 is an intoxicating blend of menace and style, taking the eye-catching A7 and adding performance bits inside and out to make this beefy sedan truly come alive as an enthusiast machine” we said, in a Driven Review of a 2014 Audi RS 7. While the S7 and RS 7 are incredible machines, we still think the supercharged V-6 will be the best choice for most people.
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