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8.3

Overall

Scorecard

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

The 2015 Audi A7 ranks near the top of its class thanks to its great predicted reliability rating, powerful turbocharged engines, lithe handling, and elegant interior. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Strong engine choices
  • Handsome interior
  • Large cargo space
  • Good reliability

 

 

  • Cramped rear-seat headroom

 

New for 2015

  • Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear made standard
  • Four-zone automatic climate control made standard
  • LED headlights and head-up display standard in Prestige trim

2015 Audi A7 Overview

Is the 2015 Audi A7 a Good Used Car?

A used Audi A7 checks all the boxes necessary to be a great luxury large sedan. Its performance is reminiscent of a smaller sports car, and you’ll get all the luxury and features you would expect of an upscale brand. A few of its downsides include limited rear-seat headroom and high predicted purchase and ownership costs.

Used 2015 Audi A7 Performance and Interior

The standard 2015 Audi A7 is powered by a 310-horsepower supercharged V6 engine that delivers strong and smooth acceleration in nearly any situation. An eight-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission provides seamless shifts that enhance performance. You might find A7 TDI diesel models (240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque), but 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 with standard quattro all-wheel drive and feature 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.

The A7 gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class. Fuel economy for the performance models drops as low as 15 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.

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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 high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces. Leather seats and heated front seats come standard, and you can find models with heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, and premium Valcona leather. The A7’s sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom, but all seats still provide good amounts of comfort and legroom. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the A7’s back seat, as well as a top tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The Audi A7 sportback design also results in excellent cargo space for a luxury sedan.

Standard features in the 2015 A7 include quad-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a sunroof, a 10-speaker audio system, proximity keyless entry, and the MMI infotainment and navigation system. The infotainment system's interface is easy to use, and a touchpad on the center console allows you to write out addresses or songs to play. Other available features include a premium Bose or Bang & Olufsen sound system, a head-up display, and several driver assistance and advanced safety technologies.

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Used 2015 Audi A7 Prices

Prices for a used 2015 Audi A7 range from about $43,750 for a Premium Plus model to about $46,600 for a Prestige model. We currently don't have price information for the A7's performance trims. Your exact price will depend on where you live, as well as the car's mileage, condition, and features.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Audi A7?

The 2015 A7 has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is above average for the entire market.

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How Safe Is the A7?

The 2015 A7 did not undergo any safety or crash tests, but that's common for luxury cars. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring. You can also find available features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and a 360-degree camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used A7?

The 2015 Audi A7 is part of the car's first generation, which began with the 2012 model year. For 2015, several safety features became standard. For 2014, a rear middle seat was introduced, upping the car's capacity to five. 2014 also saw the debut of the now ill-fated turbodiesel engine. Otherwise, there were few major changes prior to 2015, so you may want to consider an older model to save money. 

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Which Used Audi A7 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 A7 is available in four trims: the Premium Plus, the Prestige, and the performance S7 and RS 7 models. 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 A7 Premium Plus comes very well-equipped for a large luxury car. Standard leather upholstery, an infotainment system, and a couple driver assistance features are just the highlights of a long list of included features.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned A7. 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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2015 Audi A7 and Other Cars to Consider

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

Like the A7, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has great reliability and a potent engine lineup. Both cars handle with agility, though the CLS-Class is noted for its soft and comfortable ride quality. Inside, the CLS-Class only seats four compared to the A7's standard five. While neither car offers ample headroom, the A7 has a little more legroom. The CLS-Class' infotainment system can also be cumbersome to use, especially for simple tasks. Overall, the A7 is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi A7 or 2015 Audi A8?

The 2015 Audi A8 is classified as a super luxury car, but its offerings likely won't justify its high purchase price and ownership costs. The A8 gets a merely average reliability rating – significantly below the A7’s. Even for a larger car, the A8 boasts excellent performance, with strong engines, precise handling, and good fuel economy. You'll get more passenger space with the A8, but the A7 offers more bang for your buck.

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 high reliability scores. Purchasing and owning a 6 Series will cost you a lot more, though – without many outright advantages over the A7. Both cars have a handsome, modern interior and plenty of features, but they lack substantial rear headroom. The 6 Series gets some of the best fuel economy in the class, however.

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