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Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
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2015 Audi A7 Review

The 2015 Audi A7 ranks highly among luxury large cars because of its potent engine choices, solid reliability rating, upscale interior, and cavernous trunk.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample engine power
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • High-end interior
  • Roomy trunk
  • Limited rear headroom

 

New for 2015

  • Quad-zone automatic climate control, Audi side assist, and Audi pre sense rear became standard
  • Prestige trim gained LED headlights and a head-up display

2015 Audi A7 Overview

Is the 2015 Audi A7 a Good Used Car?

The 2015 A7 checks all the boxes for a great used luxury large car. It has the engaging handling of a smaller sedan, as well as a lineup of engines that deliver ample power. A long list of features and an elegant cabin make this a well-rounded package. The A7 has lower average list prices and five-year operating costs than some primary rivals, and an above-average reliability rating should give you added peace of mind.

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How Much Is the 2015 Audi A7?

Based on several dozen listings for the 2015 Audi A7 on our site, the average price of a 2015 A7 is $38,900. Prices range from about $29,600 to about $46,400, and they fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

The 2015 Audi S7 ranges in price from about $41,000 to about $57,000, and the RS 7 ranges from $64,000 to $79,000.

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How Much Does the 2015 Audi A7 Cost to Own?

The 2015 A7 tends to be much more affordable than many of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $31,700 over five years for these expenses. By comparison, five-year costs for the 2015 BMW 6 Series are typically about $5,900 higher, while the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS' costs are about $6,500 higher than those of A7.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New A7?

Audi fully redesigned the A7 for the 2019 model year, and it's very different from the 2015 A7. The car's appearance is revamped both inside and out, and the 2019 model includes Audi's latest infotainment setup. This new interface is easy to use and features two touch screens, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The A7's new generation launches with no performance S7 or RS 7 variants, but those could follow soon. The sole powertrain is a 335-horsepower turbocharged V6.

There's no question the 2019 Audi A7 is a great car, but it has a much higher price than the 2015 A7. A new A7 starts at $68,000, with higher trims costing over $76,000 – that's much higher than the average price of a used 2015 A7. You could even buy a used 2015 RS 7 for the cost of a base 2019 A7.

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For what you might pay for a used 2015 A7, consider a new luxury midsize car like the 2019 Lexus ES. Compared to previous iterations, the fully redesigned 2019 ES delivers more composed handling and a livelier V6 engine that now produces 302 horsepower. It also comes with a long list of standard driver assistance features, including pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and a pre-collision system. A high-end interior reminiscent of the more upmarket Lexus LS and Lexus LC belies the ES' sub-$40,000 starting price. Because of its superb combination of quality and value, we named the Lexus ES our 2019 Best Luxury Midsize Car for the Money.

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Which Model Year of the Audi A7 Is Best?

The Audi A7 debuted for the 2012 model year, and it saw few notable changes over the first several years of its life. Audi introduced the performance S7 and RS 7 models for 2013 and 2014, respectively, and the TDI diesel version was available for the 2014 and 2015 model years. You can likely save lots of money with an older A7, and you'll still get a similar car. The 2015 A7 received standard quad-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, and Audi Pre Sense Rear.

If you're prepared to spend a bit more money, consider a 2016 A7 instead of a 2015. Audi refreshed the A7's interior and exterior appearance for 2016 and increased output in the base model from 310 to 333 horsepower. The S7 went from 420 to 450 horsepower.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Audi A7?

The 2015 Audi A7 has a good reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. Most luxury large cars earn an above-average score.

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2015 Audi A7 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2015 Audi A7. An auxiliary heater connector may overheat, increasing the risk of a fire. Two other recalls address improper deployment of the passenger front airbag and head curtain airbag. Be sure that an Audi dealer has addressed these issues before buying a used 2015 A7.

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Which Used Audi A7 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 A7 is available in four trims: 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Prestige, S7, and RS 7. If you want an exhilarating drive – and have the budget to back it up – the S7 or RS 7 will scratch that itch. Otherwise, the base Audi A7 Premium Plus comes very well-equipped for a luxury large car. Its long list of standard features includes leather upholstery, an infotainment system, blind spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors. All A7 models come standard with Quattro all-wheel drive.

You may also find some TDI diesel models, with limited availability. These models were affected by Audi’s diesel emissions scandal, and they require modifications to meet EPA standards. Make sure these alterations have been made before you buy one, and keep in mind that those changes could alter performance and fuel economy.

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Certified Pre-Owned Audi A7 Warranty

Audi’s certified pre-owned vehicles are five years old or less and have fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new car warranty have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis bought after the new car warranty has ended enjoy an additional one-year/unlimited mileage comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

According to our analysis, Audi has a good CPO program. However, rival automakers like Lexus and Volvo offer better coverage overall.

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How Safe Is the A7?

Like many luxury vehicles, the 2015 Audi A7 did not undergo any crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2015 A7 comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and Audi Pre Sense Rear, which takes preventative safety measures if it senses an impending crash from the rear.

Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, night vision assistant, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a corner-view parking camera.

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2015 Audi A7 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi A7 or 2015 BMW 6 Series?

The 2015 BMW 6 Series and the Audi A7 have a lot in common: responsive steering, muscular engines, and good reliability ratings. Both cars also have handsome, modern interiors and plenty of features, but they lack substantial rear headroom. Though the A7 costs less to own, the 6 Series gets some of the best fuel economy in the class, and it's available as a coupe, a convertible, and a four-door sedan. If these advantages entice you, go for the 6 Series. If not, pick the A7 for its lower projected ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi A7 or 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS?

Like the A7, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS has a great reliability rating and a lineup of potent engine choices. Both cars handle with agility, though the CLS stands out for its soft and comfortable ride. The CLS only seats four compared to the A7's standard seating for five. While neither car offers ample headroom, the A7 has a little more legroom. The infotainment system in the CLS can also be cumbersome to use, especially for simple tasks. The five-door A7 affords a lot more cargo space than the CLS sedan. With much lower projected ownership costs and slightly lower average list prices, the A7 is the way to go.

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2015 A7 Performance

How Does the 2015 Audi A7 Drive?

The standard 2015 Audi A7 is powered by a 310-horsepower supercharged V6 engine that delivers strong and smooth acceleration. An eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission provides seamless shifts that enhance performance.

You might find A7 TDI diesel models, which put out 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. However, availability may be limited since these models were affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

The 2015 A7 also has two high-performance models: the 420-horsepower S7 and the 560-horsepower RS 7. Both of these variants deliver mind-blowing engine power. All models in the A7 lineup come standard with Quattro all-wheel drive, delivering balanced and responsive handling. The A7 also rides comfortably over rough pavement. Some models come with a stiffer sport suspension or an adaptive air suspension.

Does the 2015 Audi A7 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The all-wheel-drive 2015 Audi A7 gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class of 2015 luxury large cars. The 2015 S7 gets 17 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, while the RS 7 is down to 15/25 mpg city/highway.

TDI models that have received an EPA-mandated emissions modification are now rated at 24 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

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2015 A7 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 A7 Seat?

The Audi A7 seats five, while the S7 and RS 7 only seat four. The Audi’s interior quality is up to snuff for this competitive class, with plenty of quality materials and soft-touch surfaces. Eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats come standard, as does leather upholstery. You can also find models with heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, and premium Valcona leather upholstery. The A7’s sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom, but all seats are comfortable and still provide a good amount of legroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Audi A7?

The A7 has two complete sets of rear-seat LATCH child car-seat connections.

2015 Audi A7 Features

The standard MMI infotainment system comes with an 8-inch display screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, and navigation. The infotainment system's interface is easy to use, and a touchpad on the center console allows you to write out addresses or even songs you want to play.

Standard features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. Available upgrades include a 14-speaker Bose premium surround-sound audio system or a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen system.

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2015 Audi A7 Dimensions

Audi A7 Cargo Space

As a hatchback, the 2015 Audi A7 has more cargo space than most other luxury large cars. There's 24.5 cubic feet behind the second row, which expands when you fold the back seat down. A hands-free power liftgate is standard.

2015 A7 Length and Weight

The 2015 Audi A7 is about 16 feet, 4 inches long. The performance RS 7 is a couple of inches longer. The curb weight for the A7 lineup ranges from 4,200 pounds to 4,508 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Audi A7 Built?

Audi built the 2015 A7 in Germany.

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