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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
Safety: N/A
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2014 Audi A7 Review

The 2014 Audi A7 is a top player in its class, with a luxurious interior, outstanding reliability, and strong turbocharged and supercharged engines. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • High-class interior
  • Above-average predicted reliability
  • Large cargo hold
  • Minimal back-seat headroom
  • Learning curve with infotainment system

New for 2014

 

  • Turbodiesel A7 TDI introduced
  • High-performance RS 7 debuted
  • Premium trim dropped
  • Audi Connect with Wi-Fi hot spot made standard

 

2014 Audi A7 Overview

Is the 2014 Audi A7 a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Audi A7 is a prime example of what a luxury large car should be. Its lavish interior is filled with soft-touch leather upholstery, it has one of the best performances in the class, and its hatchback body style contributes to a large cargo hold. Still, taller passengers might mind the limited back-seat headroom, and the MMI infotainment system requires a learning curve.

With its array of turbocharged and supercharged engines, the 2014 Audi A7 is anything but boring. The A7’s standard powertrain consists of a supercharged 310-horsepower V6 with 325 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission is standard. Acceleration is quick from a halt, and handling is athletic on winding roads. Want to step it up a notch? The high-performance S7 and RS 7 models are powered by twin-turbo V8 engines (420 and 560 horsepower, respectively) that allow them to keep up with luxury sports cars like the Porsche Panamera. Unlike most rivals, all trims come standard with all-wheel drive (which Audi dubs Quattro). The A7 gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. There’s also a fuel-efficient TDI diesel model (29 mpg combined city/highway), but availability might be limited due to the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

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The A7 is dripping in luxury, with standard leather seats, heated seats, and aluminum and wood accents in the cabin. The standard MMI infotainment system is intuitive to use, but the navigation and audio controls may take some time to master. The MMI touch pad makes the process a bit easier, but rivals’ systems are more user-friendly. The A7 seats five across its two rows, while the S7 and new-for-2014 RS 7 knock seating capacity down to four. The front seats are supportive and have generous head- and legroom. The low coupelike roofline impedes rear headroom, so taller passengers might find the back seats uncomfortable. Cargo space is plentiful in the A7 due to the hatchback trunk, and it is much larger than that of the Audi A4 (a luxury small car). There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a top tether anchor on the rear middle seat. 

All A7s come with tri-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a Wi-Fi hot spot, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, push-button start, MMI navigation plus, satellite radio, a hands-free power liftgate, voice recognition, a 10-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth. Some A7s come with quad-zone climate control, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.

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Used 2014 Audi A7 Prices

Prices for the used 2014 Audi A7 range from about $38,300 for the base trim to $40,000 for a Prestige Quattro model.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Audi A7?

The Audi A7 has an above-average reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is one of the highest reliability ratings not only in the class, but for all cars on the road.

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How Safe Is the A7?

The 2014 A7 did not undergo any crash tests, which is typical for a luxury car. All models come with a rearview camera and parking sensors. Some models come with adaptive Xenon headlights, a head-up display, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, forward and rear collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a night vision assistant, pedestrian detection, and a corner-view camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used A7?

The 2014 Audi A7 is part of the car’s first generation, which started with the 2012 model year and includes the 2018 model year. There were quite a few upgrades for 2014; a new high-performance RS 7 model and a standard Wi-Fi hot spot were added, and the model’s trims were rearranged. The 2015 model year added standard quad-zone climate control, blind spot monitoring, and rear collision warning. Shop around in the first generation to find what suits you best. If certain updates aren't important to you, you may save money by choosing an earlier model year.

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Which Used Audi A7 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Audi A7 comes in two trims: Premium Plus and Prestige. The Audi A7 Premium Plus trim comes with more than enough features, and the base engine is powerful enough to satisfy the average buyer. Some used models may be equipped with more active safety features than the standard rearview camera and parking sensors. The Audi A7 Prestige trim doesn’t add enough to justify the price increase.

Despite the A7’s high reliability rating, you may wish to shop for a certified pre-owned model.Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points. 

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2014 Audi A7 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi A7 or 2014 Audi A6?

The 2014 Audi A6 is the A7’s smaller sibling. Its cargo space is limited, but the A6 actually offers more rear headroom than the A7. That said, the A6’s rear seats are mounted too low. Both cars come with loads of features, a high-quality interior, and powerful engines. However, the A7’s performance engines have much more horsepower than the A6’s offerings. The choice between these two models comes down to your priorities. If a large cargo area and mind-blowing engine power are what you need, the A7 may be your best bet. If you don’t mind a little less power and cargo space, go for the A6 to get a similar car at a fraction of the price. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi A7 or 2014 Mercedes CLS-Class?

The 2014 Mercedes CLS-Class is another luxury large car. Much like the A7, it has an array of powerful engines and an opulent interior. Both cars suffer from minimal rear headroom, and the CLS-Class also has cramped rear legroom. The A7 has much more cargo space, earns a slightly higher predicted reliability score, and maintains lower ownership costs. Go with the A7.

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