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7.5

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.9
Safety: N/A
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2017 Audi A7 Review

The 2017 Audi A7 features a posh interior, a generous number of standard features, lots of cargo space, and powerful engines. However, exceptionally high total ownership costs push this Audi toward the back of our competitive luxury large car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engine lineup
  • Upscale interior with lots of standard features
  • Great cargo capacity
  • Sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom
  • High projected ownership costs

New for 2017

  • Diesel powertrain no longer available
  • A7 Competition and RS 7 Performance trims introduced
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bose surround-sound system became standard

2017 Audi A7 Overview

Is the 2017 Audi A7 a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Audi A7 – and the performance-tuned R7 and RS7 models – check many boxes for shoppers of luxury large cars. The A7 boasts standard all-wheel drive, agile handling, and a lineup of strong engines. Its cabin puts you, quite literally, in the lap of luxury. In fact, it’s one of the most attractive cabins in the class, with sleek styling and premium materials. The seats are comfortable and roomy up front, but tall passengers will find limited headroom in the rear seats. However, the A7 has high estimated ownership costs compared to its rivals.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 36 Audi A7 reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Audi A7?

Our site has some 30 listings for the 2017 Audi A7. With prices ranging from $49,900 to $64,000 – and an average price is $58,400 – the A7 is one of the pricier vehicles in the class. Prices depend on the model you choose as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Audi A7 Cost to Own?

The 2017 Audi A7’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $34,400. That makes it one of the most expensive luxury large cars to maintain. The five-year estimated expenses for most rivals, including the 2017 Acura RLX, 2017 Cadillac XTS, and 2017 Lincoln Continental are lower than $32,000.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Audi A7?

Pricing for a new 2018 Audi A7 starts at $69,700, which is $11,300 higher than the average price of a 2017 A7. Audi didn’t make any significant changes to the 2018 A7, so save five figures and get the 2017 model.

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There are a few new luxury large cars with starting prices that are close to the 2017 A7’s average price. However, the 2018 Cadillac CT6 is the only one among them that ranks in the top half of the class. Starting at nearly $54,100, the CT6 boasts spacious seating, impressive gas mileage with the base engine, and a lineup of three strong engines.

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Which Model Year of the Audi A7 Is Best?

The 2017 Audi A7 is part of the car’s first generation, which launched for the 2012 model year. Although the 2015 A7 costs less on average, the 2016 A7 is a better choice. For 2016, the A7 received an updated exterior, a new infotainment interface, and improved V6 and V8 engines.

The Competition and RS 7 Performance trims debuted for 2017, and the A7 gained new standard features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system. Unless these changes are important to you, buy the 2016 model and save some money.

However, there is one caveat to that recommendation. Diesel 2016 A7 models were affected by the widespread Volkswagen diesel engine emissions scandal. Many of these models have been modified as a result, which could alter performance.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Audi A7?

The 2017 A7 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. However, most luxury large cars have higher scores.

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2017 Audi A7 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Audi A7 has three reported recalls. All concern air bags that may improperly deploy. Ensure that these issues are fixed before buying a used A7.

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Which Used Audi A7 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Audi A7 comes in three trims: Premium Plus, Prestige, and Competition. It comes with one of two versions of a 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder engine. The high-performance S7 model comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims, while the fastback RS 7 comes in base and Performance trims. The S7, RS7, and RS7 Performance models feature one of three versions of a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine

The base Audi A7 Premium Plus comes standard with a good number of features: Audi’s MMI infotainment system, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, navigation, two USB ports, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The Audi A7 Prestige trim adds ventilated 12-way power-adjustable front seats, perforated leather seating surfaces, and power soft-closing doors. It also comes with a head-up display and navigation. The Audi A7 Competition has all of these features plus a slightly stronger engine (by 7 horsepower).

The Audi S7 Premium Plus comes with all the features in Premium Plus and Prestige trims, except the ventilated seats and head-up display. This model also features an adaptive air suspension that allows you to customize the S7’s driving dynamics.

The Audi RS 7 gets a Quattro sport differential and dynamic steering, an adaptive air suspension with model-specific tuning, Valcona leather seats, the MMI navigation plus system with voice control, and MMI touch with handwriting recognition. The high-performance RS 7 gets extra performance features like a DRC suspension system and Audi ceramic brakes.

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Certified Pre-Owned Audi A7 Warranty

Certified pre-owned cars provide used car shoppers with protections against some of the problems that may arise with a used vehicle. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then 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 the Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

Audi’s CPO program offers an average number of benefits, based on our analysis. However, other brands – including Lexus, Infiniti, and Mercedes – have more robust CPO programs.

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How Safe Is the A7?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the Audi A7, which is common for luxury cars.

A rearview camera comes standard, along with front and rear parking sensors. Audi’s Pre Sense Basic and Rear systems are also standard. These systems tighten the seat belts and close the windows if they sense an imminent crash.

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. Other available safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a night vision camera, a head-up display, a corner-view camera, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

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2017 Audi A7 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi A7 or 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS and the A7 are two of the priciest cars in the class. However, the CLS lags behind the A7 when it comes to interior quality. The CLS also has less cargo space and lower fuel economy estimates than the Audi. Both models have a smooth ride and a strong engine lineup, but the Audi has more power and better handling than the CLS.  

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi A7 or 2017 CT6?

Like the A7, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 will appease shoppers looking for a high-performance sedan with luxurious interior appointments. It’s one of the few competitors with an interior lavish enough to rival the A7’s. When it comes to performance, both sedans offer engaging handling and powerful engines. However, the A7 has standard all-wheel drive for extra road grip.

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2017 Audi A7 Performance

How Does the 2017 Audi A7 Drive?

The base Audi A7 comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that puts out 333 horsepower. The Competition trim features a retuned version the same engine that produces 340 horsepower. The base engine has brisk acceleration and more than enough power.

The S7 and the RS 7 are two high-performance variants of the A7. The S7 features a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that puts out 450 horsepower. The base RS 7 has a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that generates 560 horsepower, and the RS 7 Performance trim features the same engine with 605 horsepower. These performance trims are exceptionally zippy. The S7 has a top speed of 155 mph and will go from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The RS 7 has a top speed of 174 mph (190 mph for the RS 7 Performance) and a zero-to-60 time of 3.7 seconds (3.6 seconds for the RS 7 Performance).

The A7 and RS 7 come with a responsive, smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. The S7 features a seven-speed automatic.

Whether you choose the A7 or one of its high-performance models, you’ll be pleased with the handling. All models come standard with Quattro all-wheel drive, which offers excellent road grip and stability around corners. Audi Drive Select also comes standard. This feature lets you select from four different driving modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual) that change the throttle response and transmission shift points for a driving experience suited to your personal preferences.

Does the 2017 Audi A7 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Audi A7 gets better-than-average fuel economy for the class, achieving an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The S7 returns 17/27 mpg city/highway, while the RS 7 returns 15/25 mpg city/highway.

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2017 Audi A7 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Audi A7 Seat?

The 2017 Audi A7 seats five, while the Audi S7 and RS 7 variants seat four. Ventilated 12-way power-adjustable front seats, perforated leather upholstery, and power soft-closing doors are available.

The front seats are comfortable and well-contoured with excellent support. Legroom is generous in both rows. Headroom is decent up front, but it’s lacking in the back seats due to the car’s sloping roofline.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Audi A7?

The A7 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats.

2017 Audi A7 Features

Standard features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the MMI infotainment system, which features an 8-inch display, voice recognition, navigation, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a touchpad controller with handwriting recognition.

The MMI infotainment system has a slight learning curve, but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it. Available features include a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, a head-up display, and navigation.

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2017 Audi A7 Dimensions

Audi A7 Cargo Space

The A7 has one of the highest cargo capacities in the class. Its hatchback opens to 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands further by folding the 60/40-split rear seats.

2017 A7 Length and Weight

The 2017 A7 is 16.3 feet long, and the RS 7 measures 16.4 feet long. Curb weights range from 4,244 to 4,497 pounds, depending on the trim level.

Where Was the 2017 Audi A7 Built?

Audi assembled the 2017 A7 in Germany.

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