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2017 Audi A7 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Audi A7 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The 2017 Audi A7 has one of the nicest interiors in its class. The cabin features premium materials throughout, and the overall design is sleek and practical. The upscale feeling extends to the seating, which is spacious and comfortable and offers some luxury touches, like massaging seats. Note that taller passengers may not want to sit in the back because the sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom.

The sloping roof is caused by the A7's hatchback-style rear door. It's not just for looks, however; the A7's hatchback styling lets it provide one of the most spacious cargo holds in the class.

There's also plenty of technology. The A7 has a long list of standard features that include a Bose audio system and the easy-to-use MMI infotainment system. Several driver assistance features come standard, and many more are optional.

  • "It also features one of the most richly decorated interiors you'll find in this price range." -- Edmunds
  • "Audi's well-earned reputation for interior quality is on display in the A7. Everything you touch feels good to your hands, from the knurled dials for the audio and climate controls, to the leather steering wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Few automotive interiors are nicer than the A7's. Materials are superb, fit and finish are exemplary and practically every touched surface exudes class." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The A7 seats five, while the performance-oriented S7 and RS7 each seat four. Standard seating features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats. Premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats have plenty of room, and there's enough headroom that almost anyone should be comfortable. It's easy to find a comfortable driving position because both the seat and steering wheel are adjustable, and premium features like massaging front seats are available for added comfort. The rear seats have a decent amount of legroom, but headroom is limited because of the vehicle's sloping roofline.

The rear seats feature two full sets of LATCH connectors, and installing a car seat is generally pretty easy. It doesn’t take too much force to attach the car seat, and – unlike in some other vehicles – the anchors in the A7 are easy to identify. However, you should note that front-seat passengers may have to scoot forward to provide ample space for a car seat to fit in the back, thus reducing their available legroom.

  • Fitting five passengers in the A7 is quite feasible, as long as the passengers in back aren't very tall. Headroom up front is acceptable, but the sleek, sloping roofline limits rear headroom. It also makes getting in and out of the rear seats more difficult. There's plenty of legroom in both the front and back seats although it's worth noting that the A7 Competition seats only two passengers in the backseat." -- Edmunds
  • "Our major gripe with the 2016 Audi A7 is that, as with virtually all similar 'four-door coupe' profiles, interior space -- most notably, headroom -- suffers. … While you'll be able to squeeze adults 5-feet-10 or taller in the rear seat of the A7 for short trips, it's not an ideal arrangement. It must be mentioned, however, that this is par for the four-door coupe course." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "Thanks to the standard 8-way-power/4-way lumbar adjustment and power-operated steering-wheel adjustment, it's easy for drivers of various shapes and sizes to be comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the A7 include quad-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, Bluetooth, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and the MMI infotainment system, which comes with an 8-inch display screen, voice recognition, navigation, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a touchpad controller with handwriting recognition. Audi Connect, which provides a Wi-Fi hot spot and uses Google Earth data to update navigation maps, is also standard.

Standard driver assistance features include Pre Sense Basic, Pre Sense Rear, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane change assist, and blind spot monitoring.

Available features include a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, Pre Sense Front, Pre Sense Plus, lane keep assist, a night vision camera, a head-up display, a corner-view camera, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

There is a slight learning curve with the MMI infotainment system, but most users should have it down pat in short order. Once you get the hang of it, the MMI system is user-friendly and responsive, and it incorporates some of the latest connectivity options like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The touchpad controller's handwriting recognition feature is both nifty and useful. The A7 has plenty of other standard tech features, including a 14-speaker Bose audio system, which is new for the 2017 model year.

The A7 doesn't skimp on driver assistance technology. Some of the usual suspects – a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors – come standard, but the A7 also comes with Audi's Pre Sense Basic and Rear. Pre Sense is a safety system designed to provide occupants with maximum protection in the event of a crash by tightening seat belts and rolling up windows if an impending crash is detected.

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 optional active safety features include a night vision camera, which can help you see objects up to 1,000 feet in front of you at night, and a corner-view camera system, which has cameras at each of the vehicle's corners, helping you navigate tight spaces and even see around corners if your view is blocked.

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  • "Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI) controls audio, communication and navigation functions with a knob on the console and a pop-up dashboard screen. MMI boasts logical menus and crisp graphics, and after a short time it becomes very intuitive." -- Edmunds
  • "On a positive note, changes to the MMI media interface are positive and the system seems a little snappier in operation." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "Remember handwriting recognition? Remember how cool it would've been had it worked right? Audi does, and it's done it with MMI Touch. Writing your letters and numbers on the touch-sensitive pad is far more effective, and a lot less gimmicky, than you might think." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Cargo

The A7 features a hatchback-style rear liftgate instead of the traditional trunk that you'll find in nearly every other luxury sedan. Because of this setup, the A7 offers much more cargo space than most competitors. The A7 provides 24.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up, and they fold down if you need more room. A hands-free power liftgate comes standard, so you can access the cargo hold even if your hands are full. The hatchback door also provides a wide opening, making it easy to load and unload items.

  • "The A7's hatchback design enables easy loading of luggage and larger items that might not fit in the trunk of a conventional sedan. Official cargo capacity is 24.5 cubic feet, but lowering the rear seatbacks increases that volume significantly." -- Edmunds
  • "Because of its hatchback configuration, the A7 provides easy access to its generously sized (24.5 cubic feet) cargo area." -- Left Lane News 
  • "But perhaps the best news is that the Audi A7 is as practical as it is fun to drive, with a huge cargo area under the hatch." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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