2018 Audi A7

Interior


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2018 Audi A7 Interior Review

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Interior: 8.4

The 2018 Audi A7 features a premium interior. It’s roomy and attractive, and the materials quality is top-notch. The front seats are comfortable, and the rear seats have adequate legroom, even for adults. Rear-seat headroom is somewhat limited by the sloping roofline. However, that same design also leads to the A7’s hatchback-style rear door, which is why this Audi has terrific cargo space for the class.

When it comes to features, there’s a lot to love. The A7’s list of standard and available features is embarrassingly long, and those features – such as the MMI infotainment system – are easy to use.

  • "Yet, behind all the power and performance figures for both the A7 and S7 is a truly remarkable luxury story, one wrapped in an elegant design, premium wood and leather, and supremely comfortable seating both front and rear." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It also features one of the most richly decorated interiors you'll find in this price range." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 RS 7 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 are spacious and offer excellent visibility for the driver. Headroom is fine up front, but the sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat head space. Still, you can fit three adults in the back seat without too much fuss. Rear-seat legroom is pretty good.

The rear seats feature two full sets of LATCH connectors, and installing a car seat is generally 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 might have to scoot forward to provide enough 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." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, Pre Sense Basic, and Pre Sense 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.

Available features include a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a night vision camera, a head-up display, a corner-view camera, forward collision warning with automatic braking, Pre Sense Front, and Pre Sense Plus. These provide the same pre-collision protections as the standard Pre Sense systems if the impending impact is coming from the front or side of the vehicle.

The A7 doesn’t offer Audi’s virtual cockpit gauge display (a 12.3-inch screen that combines your infotainment data with your vehicular data like speed, fuel status, etc.), but that’s probably the biggest complaint you can register about the available technology. There are a ton of standard features, and the MMI infotainment system is responsive and easy to use, though it may take some time to get used to the interface. The handwriting recognition feature – more of a gimmick in some rivals – works well and actually does make it easy to input navigation destinations.

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  • "Beyond the standard navigation found in the most basic cars these days, the A7 offers Google Earth and traffic, putting it on par with some of the best smartphone navigation apps. The system can even utilize Google Street View, providing life-like street and building details." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The A7 does not yet offer Audi's latest MMI interface, including the Virtual Cockpit all-digital gauge display. That's OK, though, for as impressive as that system is, the older version in the A7 is still feature-rich and easy to use." -- 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)

Cargo

The Audi A7 is a little different from most other large cars in that it features a hatchback-style rear liftgate instead a traditional trunk. The A7 doesn’t look all that different from class rivals, but this minor change means the Audi has much more cargo room than most competitors.

The A7 has 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, which dwarfs the totals of most other cars in the class. The rear seats also fold down, providing even more room. The rear opening is easy to access, though it might be a little too narrow for some large items to fit. A hands-free power liftgate comes standard.

  • The hatchback trunk (24.5 cubic feet) is very accessible and super deep, which is the key differentiator between the A7 and other luxury sedans. It is a tad narrow, though, and don't count on that hatchback allowing for bigger, bulkier items." -- Edmunds
  • "Because of its hatchback configuration, the A7 provides easy access to its generously sized (24.5 cubic feet) cargo area." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • "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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