2017 A7 New Car Test Drive
The Audi A7 delivers a luxury-sedan ride, coupled with the handling talents of a grand touring machine. Its dashing exterior turns out to be quite practical, with the convenience of a massive hatchback. Occupants get comfortable seats with numerous adjustments.
Following a 2016 design update, the 2017 Audi A7 gets a handful of revisions. Bose surround-sound audio and Audi's smartphone interface now are standard on 2017 A7 models, along with new 19-inch 5-spoke wheels. Also new is the 2017 Audi A7 3.0T Competition model, which comes with an S line exterior, red brake calipers, and 20-inch wheels. Meanwhile, the V8-powered 2017 Audi S7 adds a Premium Plus trim level; newly designed 20- and 21-inch wheels are available, and red brake calipers come with the 2017 S7 Sport package.
The six-cylinder A7 model comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, joined by the A7 Competition model. In each A7, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 develops 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic, working with standard quattro all-wheel drive. A 340-horsepower version of the V6 powers the A7 Competition hatchback. Audi also offers V8-powered S7 and RS7 editions, which use a 7-speed automatic.
Audi's Multi-Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system now offers improved Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Available 4G LTE includes the option to connect as many as eight Wi-Fi devices. An S Line Plus package adds a sport suspension and distinctive wheels.
No safety agency has crash-tested the A7, but Audi provides an abundance of safety features, either standard or optional. Standard are blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free functionality, and front/rear parking sensors. An optional Night Vision system can detect potential hazards, including people. A Driver Assistance Plus package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and corner-view cameras.
Audi dropped its diesel version of the A7 after Volkswagen AG, its parent company, admitted in 2015 that its V6 diesel engine emitted more pollutants than initially acknowledged.
Audi A7 3.0T Premium Plus ($68,800) includes the supercharged 3.0-liter V6, leather upholstery, heated power front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt/telescopic steering column, Bluetooth, keyless ignition, HD radio, and satellite radio. Also standard are a rearview camera, sunroof, LED headlights, power tailgate, 19-inch alloy wheels, and Bose 14-speaker surround-sound audio. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
A7 3.0T Prestige ($71,350) gets perforated leather, ventilated 12-way front seats, and a head-up display. Premium Plus and Prestige models can be equipped with additional high-tech features, including audiophile-grade stereo systems.
A7 Competition ($76,550) includes a 340-horsepower version of the V6 engine, S line exterior, red brake calipers, flat-bottom steering wheel, sport seats, and 20-inch wheels.
S7 Premium Plus ($79,900) and S7 Prestige ($82,900) get a turbocharged 450-horsepower, 4.0-liter V8. The RS7 ($110,700) and RS7 Performance ($129,500) contain a 560- or 605-horsepower version of the V8.