If you’re in the market for a luxury performance vehicle, you should check out the latest from Audi. The German carmaker has been at the top when it comes to cabin design and performance-tuned vehicles. You should take a look at their latest offering of the A7 sedan. We’ve got details below.
NEW FOR THE 2014 A7
- turbocharged diesel V6 engine
- middle rear seat/five seating capacity
- discontinuation of Premium trim level
- standard Audi Connect with WiFi on all A7s
UNDER THE HOOD
Audi offers two engines for the 2014 A7. The first one is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that generates 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The other engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 that makes 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with an 8-speed automatic transmission which sends power to all of the A7’s wheels.
The A7 3.0T’s fuel economy is rated by the EPA at 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway/21 mpg combined. The TDI gets an impressive 24/38/29.
ON THE ROAD
The supercharged V6 is more than just satisfying. But the new diesel engine delivers well with its low-end power. The 8-speed automatic transmission only adds to the overall responsiveness of the A7.
But this year’s star is the new A7 TDI. With over 400 pound-feet of torque, the diesel V6 makes the A7 blast away from stops and travel highways effortlessly. Who says diesel can’t make a real high-performance car?
Moreover, the A7 weighs quite substantially. But this is defied by the hatchback’s nimble handling and athletic feel. The ride quality is generally fine. Just don’t opt for the available 20-inch wheels if you don’t need to.
INSIDE THE 2014 A7
Regardless of the vehicle, Audi remains to be at the top spot in the interior design department. Materials are undeniably high-grade and the design is simple, austere but high-class.
Technologies also abound. The A7 is standard with Audi MMI touch, navigation system, Audi Connect, HD and satellite radios, and rearview camera, among others. But some reviewers noted that the MMI is less easy to use than competing infotainment systems like Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND and BMW’s iDrive.
The 2014 A7 features seating capacity of five. And this is made possible by the middle rear seat that brushed the old rear bucket seats aside. There is enough legroom in the back but headroom is slightly limited by the sloping roofline. The hatchback design of this A7 makes 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space which is not possible in regular sedans.
There are two trim levels for the 2014 Audi A7: Premium Plus and Prestige.
The A7 Premium Plus comes standard with automatic xenon headlights; LED daytime running lights; LED taillights; fog lights; heated, power and auto-dimming side mirrors with memory and LED turn signals; power tailgate; adaptive rear spoiler; 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks; heated front seats; 8-way power front seats with lumbar support; leather seats; sunroof; leather-wrapped shift knob; auto-dimming rearview mirror; tri-zone automatic climate control; navigation system; MMI touch handwriting-recognition technology; Audi Connect; 7-inch color driver info center; 10-speaker audio system with CD player, MP3 capability, HD radio, satellite radio, SD card slot, iPod integration and Bluetooth; keyless start/entry; cruise control; Audi Drive Select; rearview camera; and rain-sensing wipers.
The Prestige trim adds Audi side assist, 14-speaker Bose surround sound system, S line exterior appearance, adaptive headlights, power-folding side mirrors, four-zone climate control, ambient LED interior lighting, and 12-way front power front seats with cooling function.
Options include but not limited to Bang & Olufsen audio system, adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, night vision assistant, head-up display, corner-view camera system, full LED headlights, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.
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