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1204 2012 Audi A7 April Update
four seasons long-term tests

2012 Audi A7 - Road Trippin'

Jason Cammisa
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How much stuff will fit into our Four Seasons Audi A7? Tim Jennings, husband of editor-in-chief Jean, tested that by filling the A7's hatch to the brim on a recent trip to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida. The Audi's cargo included several pieces of luggage, a set of golf clubs, a golf umbrella, four hats, and one Keurig coffee maker won at a silent auction.

Covering more than 2000 miles from Michigan to Florida and back gave Jennings ample time to enjoy the relaxed driving demeanor of our A7. He praised the car's comfortable seats, electrically dimming exterior mirrors, and adaptive cruise control, all of which make long highway slogs more manageable. He also was impressed that the large 19.8-gallon gas tank allows for a range of over 500 highway miles between fuel stops.

Unfortunately, the Audi's windshield was hit by a rock from a passing truck in Tennessee, causing a large chip. Jennings had the chip filled with resin in Jacksonville, Florida, but the $50 repair didn't hold and spiderweb-like cracks soon began to spread across the windshield. Once the car returned home, we had the entire windshield replaced at our local Audi dealer for $830.08.

While the A7 was at the dealership for the windshield work, we also had Audi perform the car's 5000-mile service. Although the car had only covered 4393 miles at the time, we elected to have the service performed early, before the Audi left on any more long trips. The first service is free as part of the car's warranty program, and consists of changing the engine oil, topping up fluid levels, and rotating the tires.

Thus far our Audi has spent only a few days in our care here at the home office, instead it has been commandeered for various journeys around the nation. On one of the car's few evenings in Ann Arbor, one staffer drove the A7 for a date-night trip for ice cream at a local Dairy Queen. While waiting in line for milkshakes, he witnessed several people lingering to take a second look at the A7, attesting again to the car's provocative design.

Shortly after returning from Florida, the A7 was whisked off to New Jersey, where it was delivered to journalist David Brancaccio. He's currently traveling across the country on assignment for American Public Media's Marketplace, in a bid to see whether it's possible to take a road trip without interacting with another person. No doubt his task will be made easier by the fact that our A7 has on-board Wi-Fi, which allows up to eight devices to connect to the Internet through the infotainment system's data connection.

After Brancaccio's experiment, our Audi A7 is scheduled to spend some time in southern California before we get it back. Based on the pattern so far, it looks like the Audi will become our road-trip vehicle of choice, and it should easily rack up several thousand more miles before it returns to Automobile Magazine's office in Ann Arbor.

2012 Audi A7 Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
Body style 4-door hatchback
Accommodation 4-passenger
Construction Steel unibody w/aluminum body panels
Engine 24-valve supercharged DOHC V-6
Displacement 3.0 liters (182.8 cu in)
Power 310 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 325 lb-ft @ 2900 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Drive All-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 18/28/22 (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Electronically-assisted
Lock-to-lock 2.85
Turning circle 39.0 ft
Suspension, Front Multilink, coil springs
Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R Vented discs
Wheels 20-inch aluminum
Tires Yokohama Advan Sport
Tire size 265/35YR-20 99Y
Headroom F/R 39.6/36.6 in
Legroom F/R 41.3/37.0 in
Shoulder room F/R 57.2/55.9 in
Wheelbase 114.7 in
Track F/R 64.7/64.4 in
L x W x H 195.6 x 84.2 x 55.9 in
Passenger Capacity 94.3 cu ft
Cargo capacity 24.5 cu ft
Weight 4210 lb
Weight dist. F/R 54/46%
Fuel capacity 19.8 gal
Est. fuel range 435 miles
Fuel grade 91 octane (premium unleaded)
Standard Equipment
  • 3.0-liter supercharged DOHC V-6 engine
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Permanent all-wheel drive w/rear bias
  • Audi Drive Select
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Spare tire
  • Power sunroof
  • Xenon headlights w/LED DRLs
  • Rain and light sensor
  • Leather seats
  • Power, heated front seats
  • Split-folding rear seats
  • 3-zone climate control
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
  • 5-inch monochrome driver's information system
  • Automatic tailgate
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cruise control
  • Homelink
  • Bluetooth
  • SiriusXm satellite radio w/3-month subscription
  • Audi music interface w/iPod cable
Packages & Options
  • Prestige
  • $6,330
  • S line exterior 19-inch aluminum wheels w/all-season tires Audi navigation plus w/MMI touch Audi Connect w/6-month subscription Front and rear parking sensors Keyless entry and ignition Automatic 4-zone climate control Bose surround sound system Front seat ventilation HD radio Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column Adaptive headlights Ambient lighting plus 7-inch color driver's information system
  • Bang and Olufsen advanced sound system
  • $5,900
  • Driver Assistance package
  • $2,500
  • Forward collision warning Adaptive cruise control Blind spot monitoring system Power folding exterior mirrors
  • 20-inch Sport package
  • $1,500
  • 20-inch wheels w/summer tires Sport suspension 3-spoke steering wheel Shift paddles
  • LED headlights
  • $1,400
  • Cold weather package
  • $450
  • Heated steering wheel and rear seats
  • Oolong Gray metallic paint
  • $475
ssranon
Audi's competition with BMW is finally bearing fruit. Audi managed to make a car that actually looks worse than the BMW 5 Series GT! ;-)Having seen these on the road, my friends and I agree this would be a great car if it wasn't hideous from the back. And from the rear three-quarter view. And the side.Also, it needs a proper trunk, that hatch just looks dorky.Prediction: Sales flop, no matter how good the car is on paper.

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