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2012 Audi A7 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Audi A7 was new.


Interior: 8.2

The automotive press likes what they see inside the 2012 Audi A7: a cabin that features top-notch materials that include soft leather seating and a variety of wood trim options. The A7 also features more cargo space than any other luxury large car, including land yachts like the Cadillac DTS. However, passengers in the rear seat may want more head- and legroom, as the A7’s attractive, coupe-like exterior does force its interior occupants to make some concessions.

  • "I must complain about HD radio, however: It kept switching between HD and regular radio, but there's a delay in the feeds, so I'd occasionally miss a pitch of the Tigers game or hear the same pitch twice. Highly annoying." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "The 2012 Audi A7 treats four passengers to a roomy and quiet leather-clad cabin that’s neatly trimmed in aluminum-look and wood trim, with quality materials used throughout." -- Forbes 
  • "The A7 Premium Plus I drove seemed almost reasonable at $66,000 as-tested, but it lacked keyless entry. All A7s - perhaps all Audis - should include keyless entry as well as keyless start. Many Nissans, Fords and even Kias are available with that feature for half the cost of the Prestige model, which is the only A7 to offer it." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside, the A7 simultaneously oozes opulence and simplicity. The high center console creates a sporty, cockpit-like feeling; the instruments are clear and crisp; and the materials are, as usual for Audi, stunning." -- Car and Driver 
  • "While it's no Mississippi riverboat, the A7 brings decadence to the art of travel, with bolstered seats, striated veneers that look like a boat's deck, and boardroom carpet." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "Our tester's optional layered oak wood trim was particularly stunning -- the low-gloss finished inlays looked like something that originated from a master musical instrument maker's shop, not a mass-market factory." -- Autoblog 


Reviewer opinion on the front seats of the Audi A7 is mixed. Like the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Porsche Panamera, the A7 only seats four. Most think that the front seats are comfortable, but many test drivers also say that the rear seats of the A7 aren’t ideal for taller adults. Legroom is generally considered adequate, but the A7’s sloping roofline intrudes on rear passenger headroom.

The front seats are heated and 12-way adjustable on all models, while top-of-the-line Prestige models get heated and ventilated perches for the front row. Heated rear seats are available on all trims.

  • "Speaking of the roofline, I have adequate headroom and tons of legroom in the back seat, but the average six-foot adult male would surely be cramped." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "The front bucket seats are comfortable and supportive." -- AutoWeek 
  • "There’s plenty of room in the front seats for adults who aren’t unusually tall or heavy, but the sloping roofline makes head space in the rear seat scant. I’m 5 ft. 10, and with the front seat set for my height, I had plenty of foot and knee space in back, but my head was close to touching the ceiling." -- Businessweek 
  • "Rear-seat access is a bit tougher, however, given the reduced clearance and smallish door opening, but we don’t envision many buyers will consider a car like this for livery duties." -- Forbes 
  • "The driver's seat was comfortable, and it was easy to find the proper driving position. The rear seat wasn't as accommodating." -- Cars.com
  • "Adults will fit in back just fine, provided they're not much over 6 feet, as the fast roof line noticeably limits headroom." -- Edmunds 

Interior Features

Reviewers who’ve had a chance to sit in the Audi A7 are impressed. Materials are high-quality, with supple leather and several wood trim options, which allow shoppers to tailor the interior to their specifications.

Much of the A7’s tech gadgetry carries over from the Audi A8, and test drivers say that’s a good thing. If equipped with navigation, inserting a SIM card into the dash turns the A7 into a wireless hot spot. The A7 will also use the data connection to update navigation routes and conditions by using data provided by Google Maps. The MMI touch interface now features a touch pad that allows you to write out a destination or phone number with your fingertip rather than typing it into the system. Many reviewers note that the optional Bang & Olufsen stereo system sounds incredible.

  • "The coolest option has to be the $5900 Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system. It sounds expensive, of course; more importantly, though, it looks expensive. Hit the power button for the stereo and two small, elegantly designed speakers pop up from the near the A-pillars. I was so enthralled with their operation that I turned the stereo off and on repeatedly." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "The interior is handsome with high-quality materials throughout. The fine-grain ash brown wood trim sports a nice matte finish, and the navigation system with Google Earth mapping looks and works great." -- AutoWeek 
  • "My tester had the $5,900 Bang & Olufsen stereo system. That alone is nearly 10% of the A7's base price of $60,125. Yes, the sound coming from the 15 speakers was so clear and crisp you could hear the artist blink. But that's still a sizable expense; imagine a $1,600 stereo option on a Ford Fiesta." -- Los Angeles Times 
  • "Even my wife - a woman so uninterested in cars she doesn't remember driving a 510-horsepower Jaguar XKR Convertible - commented on how fabulous the A7's wood trim looks and feels." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Dashboard ergonomics are a hit and miss affair. Some controls, particularly for the automatic climate system, are straightforward; others, like those for audio and navigation, require a learning curve. That’s because these and other assorted operations are under the auspices of Audi’s MMI multimedia control." -- Forbes 
  • "Furnishings are high in quality, as you would expect in a car that will start around $60,000 in the U.S." -- Edmunds  


The A7 has a hatchback rather than a trunk, which amounts to vastly improved cargo space when compared with many luxury large cars. There’s 24.5 cubic feet for cargo with the 60/40-split rear seats in use, which makes the 2012 Audi A7 the front-runner in the luxury large car class with regard to cargo space.

One reviewer says that space is limited by the A7’s sloping roofline, so taller objects may be more difficult to stow, while another notes that the long hatch has an extremely tall height when opened. Others frequently mention that the lengthy cargo bay offers plenty of room for golf clubs.

  • "The hatchback design allows a swoopy shape and easy loading, but the wonderfully integrated luggage cover eliminates any concerns about the security of your luggage or about keeping it separate from the passenger compartment in an accident." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Out back, there is a large trunk area. The only problem is that the coupelike profile prevents you from storing anything really tall back there. Of course, you can solve that problem by just folding down the rear seats." -- AutoWeek 
  • "The hatch is so long, it swings unfortunately high when open. Hypothetically, a man could pop the hatch in the parking garage of his gym only to have it swing up and smack into the ceiling, putting a small chip in the Havanna Black Metallic paint and precipitating a torrent of easy-to-spell words from him. Hypothetically." -- Los Angeles Times 
  • "What makes the hatchback design practical is the voluminous amount of easily accessible hauling capacity it offers. … The rear hatch opens up wide, making bulky objects easy to load and unload. The A7 is ideal for someone who, say, regularly drives a foursome to and from the golf course." -- Businessweek 
  • "The sharply angled hatchback and high rear load floor tend to limit carrying taller objects in what is otherwise a generous cargo hold, but the space easily expands via 60/40-split folding rear seats." -- Forbes 
  • "How does the shapely - shape of the new A7 impact its practicality? Not much. There's 24.5 cubic feet of cargo room in the back, and it's a deep cargo area - perfect for golf clubs." -- Cars.com

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