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2013 Audi A7 Review
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The 2013 Audi A7 is a unique, midsize, luxury sedan in that it has a coupe-styled body. It is the perfect combination of a comfortable sedan and a sporty coupe, without sacrificing performance or interior space. The A7 debuted in 2012 to compete against similar models, such as the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, Jaguar XF, and the veteran in this coupe-like sedan class, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. The A7 comes in three models: Premium, Premium plus, and Prestige. Each comes with a 3.0-liter, supercharged, V-6 engine that won't disappoint even the most discerning drivers.
New For 2013
The Audi A7 debuted in 2012, therefore it only receives a few updates for the 2013 model:
- Start/stop technology to conserve fuel
- Five-seater option
- Active Lane Assist warns driver of unintended swerving
- Front and rear camera for better visibility
The 2013 Audi A7 exterior design is one of its most notable characteristics. The A7 has a sloping roof line that causes it to look a bit like a coupe. The shell is also constructed of lightweight aluminum body panels and a steel frame that offer improved performance as well as safety. In the name of luxury, Audi offers many upscale features, such as three windshield wipers that activate when rain is detected, headlights that activate depending on light levels, LED taillight technology, rear fog lights, power-adjustable heated side mirrors, aluminum trim, and a power tailgate that can be programmed to open to specified heights. Eighteen-inch, seven-spoke design wheels with all-season tires come standard on the Premium models. The Premium plus and Prestige models have 19-inch, 10-spoke design wheels with available 19-inch, five-double-spoke design wheels or 20-inch 10-parallel-spoke design wheels, both with summer performance tires.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Audi A7 is practically a work of art inside incorporating opulent style and high-end technology. Dark brown walnut wood decorative interior inlays come standard, but brushed aluminum, layered oak wood, or natural fine grain ash brown wood decorative inlays are available on all three models. Other standard luxury features include a three-zone automatic climate control, four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, power windows, and leather seating with eight-way power front seats and driver-side four-way power lumbar adjustment. Upgrades include four-zone climate control, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, heated steering wheel, and a new five-seat configuration in the rear. Previously, only the standard four-seat configuration was available.
This high-tech car has plenty of infotainment features as well. A pop-up screen displays a driver’s information system that includes the Audi music interface with iPod integration, Bluetooth technology, and a trial subscription to Sirius XM satellite radio. The Premium plus and Prestige models offer Audi MMI Navigation plus with voice control and touch handwriting-recognition technology. An optional Bang & Olufsen sound system with 15 speakers is available on the Prestige model, and a 14-speaker Bose sound system is available on the Premium plus.
The 24.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity is especially impressive considering the car’s sloped design, and it is significantly bigger than its closest competitors.
The 2013 Audi A7 gets high marks for safety, utilizing the latest technology and advanced capabilities. Impressive safety features include full-length side curtain airbags, driver and passenger side airbags, front seat knee airbags, optional rear side airbags, front passenger detection for airbags, electronic stability control with traction control, an anti-lock brake system, brake assist, and an anti-theft alarm system. The A7 also boasts a post-collision safety system is able to sense an accident and respond by unlocking doors, turning on interior and hazard lights, and cutting the fuel to the engine. The optional Innovation package adds Active Lane Assist, which alerts the driver if they unintentionally drift from their lane.
After seeing the beautiful design of the A7 and climbing into the luxurious cabin, one would expect a very high level of performance out of the engine, and Audi does not disappoint. This sporty sedan comes with a 3.0-liter, supercharged, V-6 engine generating 310 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. It is able to reach 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and thanks to the electromechanical steering and the quick eight-speed automatic transmission, the A7 is responsive and handles like a dream. The Sport packages offer sport suspension calibration for a tighter ride. Audi's Drive Select allows drivers to effortlessly switch between four different driving styles: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual. Along with performance, the 2013 A7 also offers respectable fuel economy at an estimated 18/28 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Audi A7
- BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
- Porsche Panamera
- Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
- Jaguar XF