When the Mercedes-Benz CLS was launched in 2004, nobody had prepared for the mounting success it would garner in the following years. But someone was watching from behind, paying meticulous attention to the growing sales the car was making. And when the time was right, they made their move, shaking the world with the introduction of the sleek Audi A7 Sportback in 2011. It was biblical. The car paid tribute to the sassy 100 Coupe produced in the early 70’s but was much bigger, disguising its bulkiness rather duteously in its styling while maintaining the depth and refinement that is characteristic of the marque.
The A7 utilized the Volkswagen MLB platform and was officially unveiled on 26th July 2010 in Munich. It was later introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor show, then the 2011 NY Auto Show, and finally the 2011 Worthersee Tour. Here are the top five Audi A7 models of all time.
2012 Audi A7
The 2012 Audi A7 was the first model in its line to go on sale. The car was described as a sportback because of its lower slung rear, and featured a radical 5-door body design that oozed an image of strong performance. This was attributed to its standard eighteen-inch wheels and pronounced wheel arches. It was equipped with exclusive Quattro all-wheel drive from Audi, which, when coupled with the electronic stability program, made her handling reminiscent of a sports car.
The introductory model also came with a supercharged, 3-L direct injection V6 power plant. The engine could generate an impressive 310 hp and 325 lb. ft of torque, as well as sprint from 0-60 mph in a mere 5.4 seconds. The efficient engine was further linked to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic. The 2012 Audi A7 was sold in Premium, Premium +, and Prestige trim levels. Standard features included the 4-seat interior, a glass sunroof, 3-zone climate control, automatic Xenon headlamps, and cruise control.
2013 Audi A7
From a lineup that seemed to merge sedans and sports cars, the 2013 Audi A7 is probably the sexiest of this bunch. From the front, the car is highly reminiscent of the A6, from which it borrowed its instrument panel, mechanical layout, and the better part of its feature set. But from the back, it features a long hatch that opens up to a vast, but shallow cargo floor below the meek, curved roofline. It looks more like a grand touring sports car, but more practical. The sloping glass limits its capacity with the seats down, but there is plenty of room still. The 2013 Audi A7 is powered by a 3-L turbocharged V6 engine (with integrated smart/stop technology) yielding a generous power output of 310 horsepower and 325 pounds feet of torque. It can attain a maximum speed of 130 mph and sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.
Its Quattro all-wheel drive is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, helping it achieve approximately 18 mpg EPA in the city and 28 on the highway. General features included and power-folding exterior mirrors, heated rear seats, power drivers seat, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free phone capabilities, keyless start, heated steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, LED daytime running lights, and sunroof. In terms of safety, the car featured blind spot monitoring, advanced airbags, anti-lock braking, brake assist, electronic stability control, and traction control.
2014 Audi A7 Values
The 2014 Audi A7 introduced a sleeker styling than ever before. The marque equipped her with a 3-L turbocharged V6 engine (with smart/stop technology), which helped her maintain the 310 horsepower power output and 325 pounds feet of torque. It also offered the option of a 3-L turbocharged V6 TDI engine, which could deliver 240 hp for those drivers looking for increased fuel economy. Its Quattro AWD was paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission to achieve an estimated EPA range of 38mpg on the highway and 18mpg in the city, based on engine selection.
General features included power-folding exterior mirrors, heated rear seats, power drivers seat, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free phone capabilities, keyless start, heated steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, LED daytime running lights, and sunroof. For safety, the car was equipped with blind spot monitoring, advanced airbags, anti-lock braking, brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC), and traction control (TCS).
2015 Audi A7
Featuring more advanced features and an accentuated design, the 2015 Audi A7 was a car worth bragging about. It came with an EPA rating of 29 miles per gallon, which was quite impressive for such a compact car with a gasoline powered A7 3-T engine. It could go from standstill to 60 miles per hour in exactly 5.5 seconds, thrusting the occupants back into the leather-trimmed, designer bucket seats. It could accommodate up to five passengers, thanks to the additional seat in the middle, unlike the limited four in the previous year’s models.
The engine, which was powerful and highly efficient, could emit 310 hp with a startlingly decent fuel economy. The interior, though cramped, was comfortable and offered a premium sound system, touchscreen GPS-enabled master computer, rolling Wi-Fi, and alloy trim, in addition to the several other luxurious features that are synonymous with Audi.
The 2016 Audi A7
Like with the S6 and A6, Audi upgraded the A7 for the 2016 model, making it one of the finest so far in the production lineup. The refitting included a more contemporary front end with slimmer LED headlights and a subtler grille. The taillights were restyled to present a more angular and horizontal look. For the U.S market, there was an option between two engines: the 3-L V6 TDI diesel with 240hp power output and a torque of 428 lb. feet; and the 3-L V6 TFSI supercharged gasoline engine with 330 hp and 325 lb. ft of torque.
In both cases, they were paired to Quattro AWD and an 8-speed ZF-sourced automatic transmission. The car could accommodate up to five people and came in two trim levels, with the base trim level offering automated wipers, powered lift gate, LED tail lamps, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlamps, collision mitigation system, the Audi Drive Select system, 19-inch wheels, and auto-dim rear-view mirror, in addition to the standard features found in the previous A7 models.
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