2017 Audi A7 Overview
Pros & Cons
- Potent engine lineup
- Lots of standard features
- Premium interior
- Great cargo capacity
- Sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom
Notable for 2017
- No longer offers diesel powertrain
- New A7 Competition and RS 7 Performance trims
- New tech features
Audi A7 Rankings and Research
The 2017 Audi A7 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Large Cars category. Currently the Audi A7 has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 36 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
- #3 in Luxury Large Cars
2017 Audi A7 Pictures
2017 Audi A7 Review
The 2017 Audi A7 is a compelling mix of performance, practicality, and luxury. It has a powerful engine lineup, abundant cargo space, and one of the nicest cabins in the luxury large car segment.
Is the Audi A7 a Good Car?
There’s nothing unsatisfying about the 2017 Audi A7. Performance from its V6 and optional V8 engines range from 333 horsepower in the base trim to 605 horsepower in the top-of-the-line RS 7. Handling is further enhanced thanks to standard all-wheel drive.
In addition to its top-notch performance, the A7 has one of the nicest interiors in its class. The cabin features premium materials throughout, and the overall design is sleek, while the A7’s hatchback design makes for practical cargo space. The front seats have plenty of room, and there's enough headroom for almost anyone.
Safety is another strong suit of the Audi A7. It’s loaded with technology you expect, like a rearview camera and parking sensors, but also adds active technology that can help prevent collisions.
Should I Buy the Audi A7?
The 2017 Audi A7 has a starting price of $68,800, which is above the class average of about $61,000. Though it costs more than many in the class, the A7 delivers a lot of value, but it isn’t without competition. The Cadillac CT6 is a strong alternative to the A7 and has a much lower starting price. However, the A7 offers a more powerful base V6 engine, more standard active safety features, and a much better infotainment system. The Tesla Model S is similar to the A7 when it comes to performance, interior tech, and refinement. Though the Model S leaves a smaller carbon footprint than the A7, it can also cause range anxiety, which often comes from owning an electric car. All in all, there’s not a bad car in this class, but the Audi A7 is one of the best.
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The A7 debuted for the 2012 model year and has not been fully redesigned since. As a result, this overview uses applicable reviews and research from the 2012 through 2017 model years.
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How Much Does the Audi A7 Cost?
The 2017 Audi A7 comes in three configurations (Premium Plus, Prestige, and Competition). The base A7 starts at $68,800, which is nearly $8,000 more than the segment's average starting price. The A7 Prestige is $71,350, while the A7 Competition is $76,500.
There are also four high-performance models available: the S7 Premium Plus ($79,900), the S7 Prestige ($82,900), the RS 7 ($110,700), and the top-of-the-line RS 7 Performance, which starts at $129,500.
Various packages and a la carte items are available and range from a $500 Cold Weather package to a $4,900 Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Audi A7 Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Audi A7 or Tesla Model S?
Your preference between these two luxury large cars will likely depend on your tolerance for an electric powertrain. The Tesla Model S and the Audi A7 perform similarly and have many of the same features (with minor differences in infotainment screen size and horsepower), but you have to plug in the electric Tesla. The Model S gives you a range of at least 210 miles on a full charge, while the A7 has an EPA-predicted range of 475 miles on a full tank of gas. Your annual fuel costs are more than $1,000 higher with the A7, though.
The convenience of filling up at a gas station gives the A7 the nod over the Model S. Recharging the Tesla requires planning your longer trips around available charging stations, which may grow tiring if you're not a fan of electric vehicles. However, the Model S is emission-free at the tailpipe, so if protecting the environment is your top concern, it’s a better choice than the A7.
Which Is Better: Audi A7 or Cadillac CT6?
Despite having a starting price roughly $15,000 less than the A7, the Cadillac CT6 is one of the few vehicles in the class that rivals it in interior quality. The CT6's cabin is quiet, sophisticated, and filled with premium materials. The CT6 has a long list of standard and available features, but the A7’s infotainment system is easier to use; Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system is slow and clunky.
From a value standpoint, the $15,000 price difference makes the CT6 an attractive option. There are no sacrifices for interior comfort, fuel economy is better, and the base CT6 engine delivers good power. However, for the higher price, the A7 gives you more power, better safety technology, and an improved infotainment system.
How Many People Does the A7 Seat?
The A7 seats five, while the performance-oriented S7 and RS 7 each seat four. Standard seating features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats. The comfortable front seats feature plenty of head- and legroom. In back there is decent legroom, but its hatchback design compromises rear headroom.
A7 and Car Seats
The rear seats feature two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. Overall, it's fairly easy to install a car seat in the A7. The anchors are readily identifiable and easy to access, and it doesn't require too much elbow grease to install the seat. However, be aware that the A7 is a four-door coupe, so it doesn't have the most spacious interior. As such, front-seat passengers may find that their legroom is compromised when there's a car seat in the back.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not evaluate the A7’s LATCH system for ease of use. IIHS does not typically test luxury cars.
A7 Interior Quality
The 2017 Audi A7 has one of the nicest interiors in its class. The cabin features premium materials throughout, and the overall design is sleek and practical.
A7 Cargo Space
The A7 features a hatchback-style rear liftgate instead of the traditional trunk that you find in nearly every other luxury sedan, except the Tesla Model S. The A7 provides 24.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up, and the seats fold down if you need more room. The Model S has 31.6 cubic feet behind the 60/40-split rear seats. The Cadillac CT6 pales in comparison with 15.3 cubic feet.
A7 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
Standard features in the 2017 Audi A7 include quad-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, Bluetooth, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and the MMI infotainment system, which comes with an 8-inch display screen, voice recognition, navigation, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a touchpad controller with handwriting recognition. Audi Connect, which provides a Wi-Fi hot spot and uses Google Earth data to update navigation maps, is also standard.
Audi A7 Performance
A7 Engine: A Wide Power Band
The base A7 features a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 333 horsepower. Though it's the base engine, this V6 won't hold you back; it has ample power for all driving situations, and it provides quick acceleration. There are two high-performance variants of the A7: the S7 with a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that puts out 450 horsepower and the RS 7. The base RS 7 has a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that produces 560 horsepower, and the RS 7 Performance trim features the same engine putting out 605 horsepower.
The A7 and RS 7 feature an eight-speed automatic transmission that feels responsive and delivers smooth shifts whether you're cruising around town or putting the hammer down to pass a Sunday driver. The S7 features a seven-speed automatic.
A7 Gas Mileage: Better Than Average
The Audi A7 gets better-than-average fuel economy for the luxury large cars class, earning an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The Cadillac CT6’s four-cylinder engine tops it with an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. Not surprisingly, the electric Tesla Model S tops the segment, with 98/101 mpg-e city/highway and an annual fuel cost of $650. The A7’s annual fuel cost is $1,750, and the CT6’s is $1,700.
A7 Ride and Handling: Suited to Your Needs
All A7 models have the road grip and stability of standard all-wheel drive and Audi Drive Select. Audi Drive Select lets you choose from four different driving modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual) that change the throttle response and how the transmission shifts to provide you with a driving experience more suited to your personal preferences.
The Tesla Model S has a smooth, comfortable ride, and due to its low center of gravity, it is agile around corners. The Cadillac CT6 weighs a few hundred pounds less than other cars in the class. It drives and handles like a smaller car, and the four-cylinder CT6 model feels especially spry.
Is the Audi A7 Reliable?
The Audi A7 has a predicted reliability rating of four, according to J.D. Power and Associates. That means the A7 is expected to be more reliable than most other vehicles on the road. Several other cars in the class receive the same score, including the Cadillac CT6, though the class average rating is 3.5. The Tesla Model S has not been rated.
Audi A7 Warranty
The 2017 Audi A7 comes with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. The Cadillac CT6 has the same length limited warranty, as well as a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Tesla Model S comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty and an eight-year/unlimited-mile battery and powertrain warranty.
A7 Crash Test Results
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the Audi A7. Typically, neither organization tests luxury cars.
A7 Safety Features
The A7 doesn't skimp on driver assistance technology. Some of the usual suspects – a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors – come standard, but the A7 also comes with Audi's Pre Sense Basic and Rear. Pre Sense is a safety system designed to provide occupants with maximum protection in the event of a crash by tightening seat belts and rolling up windows if an impending crash is detected.
Pre Sense Plus and Pre Sense Front are available, which provide the same pre-collision protections if the impending impact is coming from the front or side of the vehicle. A night vision camera, which can help you see objects up to 1,000 feet in front of you at night, is also available.
Which Audi A7 Model Is Right for Me?
The 2017 Audi A7 comes in three trims: Premium Plus, Prestige, and Competition. The S7 comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims. The RS 7 comes in base and Performance trims.
Unless you want lots of horsepower that you can’t fully engage on most roads, the A7 Prestige trim ($71,350) delivers the right combination of power and luxury. This trim comes with a 333-horsepower V6 engine that delivers enough power for any situation, plus upscale touches like 12-way power-adjustable front seats that are heated and cooled, as well as a head-up display with navigation.
The Audi A7 in the Premium Plus trim starts at $68,800. It comes with a 333-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard features include leather seats, eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, quad-zone climate control, a sunroof, Bluetooth, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD radio, LED headlights, and the MMI infotainment system, which comes with an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, navigation, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a touchpad controller with handwriting-recognition. Standard driver assistance features include Audi’s Pre Sense Basic and Pre Sense Rear, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.
The A7 Prestige starts at $71,350 and adds a head-up display with navigation, ventilated 12-way power-adjustable front seats, perforated leather seating surfaces, and power soft-closing doors.
The A7 Competition, starting at $76,550, includes a 340-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, sport suspension calibration with red brake calipers, exterior upgrades, leather seats with diamond stitching, and the same features found in the Prestige trim.
The S7 Premium Plus starts at $79,900 and comes with a 450-horsepower, turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine and a seven speed automatic transmission. Features include an adaptive air suspension (with S model-specific tuning) and other features found in the A7 Premium Plus trim. The higher price largely comes from the adaptive air suspension and larger V8 engine.
The S7 Prestige ($82,900) features everything found in the S7 Premium Plus and adds a head-up display with navigation, power soft-closing doors, ambient LED lighting, and 20’’ S design wheels.
The RS 7 starts at $110,700 and comes with a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower. It features a quattro sport differential and dynamic steering, an adaptive air suspension (with RS model-specific tuning), Valcona leather seats, the MMI navigation plus system with voice control, and MMI touch with handwriting recognition.
The $129,500 RS 7 Performance trim features the same V8 engine from the RS 7, but it puts out 605 horsepower. On top of the RS 7 features, this trim also includes a DRC suspension system, Audi ceramic brakes, a sport exhaust system with black outlets, a carbon front spoiler, a rear diffuser, and exterior side mirror housings.
The Final Call
The 2017 Audi A7 has a high starting price, but its combination of performance, technology, and luxury make it a worthwhile value. Its base V6 engine delivers an abundance of power, and standard all-wheel drive enhances the A7’s handling. Its safety and infotainment technology compete with anything offered in the segment, while the A7’s interior matches all its competitors have to offer.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.
- "With a variety of engines, plentiful options and head-turning style, the Audi A7, S7, and mighty RS 7 is the world's most desirable family of hatchbacks. But make no mistake, the practicality is only secondary: The Audi A7 is about lust, from the styling to the driving. From the 'base' A7 to the new Audi RS 7 Performance with its 605-horsepower V8, the precision suspension is backed up with sharp steering and Audi's quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) system for a sure-footedness that's hard to beat, even from such worthy competitors as the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Porsche Panamera or BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Yet the A7 family is as luxurious as any of them, with a beautifully styled and high-tech interior that's covered in exquisite leathers." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Beautiful design alone makes the 2017 Audi A7 a desirable luxury car. But if you're not easily swayed by looks, the A7's exceptional interior room, handy hatchback trunk and refined performance should charm your pragmatic side. Although that sleek, sloping roofline eats up some rear headroom, the A7 is still one of the best picks in the class." -- Edmunds
- "With an arresting design, a lavish interior and a surprisingly practical hatchback layout, the Audi A7 four-door-coupe offers a superb balance of style and comfortable versatility." -- Left Lane News
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