The styling of the new Audi A7 really catches the eye, and the interior and dash layouts are gorgeous, but the real beauty of the car is in how well it performs on the road. The engine is strong, resp...
The styling of the new Audi A7 really catches the eye, and the interior and dash layouts are gorgeous, but the real beauty of the car is in how well it performs on the road. The engine is strong, responding eagerly and smoothly with a rush of power from 310 horses. No turbo lag, or "kick-in" ever, because this baby breathes though a supercharger. It is quiet going about its business with no thrashing. With Quattro in charge of the wheels, the car remained stable, flat, and assured when pushed through the tight curves on Lookout Mountain. Everything about this car is the way it is supposed to be; it drives naturally and intuitively. The driver has every confidence that it can handle whatever the road may bring.
The interior layout is all function and beauty. I especially like the fold-away 7 inch, color, MMI screen because it can be stowed, and doesn't dominate the dash nor distract when driving, but is there at the touch of a button when needed. The Audi Tiptronic transmission is a joy with 8 speeds to choose from, and A7 transmission stalk is as before, familiar, no guessing. I'd prefer that the dash display the gear when in automatic mode; it only does so in manual mode. Also, I'd prefer the temperature and tank gauges use a needle rather than the 8 progressive lights on each, but these are pretty small items. Both are well integrated and allow for larger tach and speedo, which keeps the gauge module clean in design.
I found the driver's seat and position superb, and the overlook of the dash and road perfect for spirited driving. Audi is known for interior design beauty, and this one enhances their reputation. The view from the back seat forward is good by any standard, not unduly restricted by the front seats. With the fast-back body styling, a bump-up in the roof liner in back helps with headroom.
The car is strikingly beautiful from any angle: front, back, side, or any 3/4 view. It is clean and smooth without unnecessary and fussy body creases. I especially like the rear treatment with the sharp crisp uptick and angled taillight.
Whatever you call it, a coupe, sedan, or sportback, the A7 is a driver's car, and sport and spirit have purposely been built into the entire experience. After the first 45 minute test drive I said, "met every expectation" and after the second I said, "my car." The factory is currently building one to my specs.