- Incredibly refined
- High-quality, prestigious interior
- Impressive engine range
- More expensive than a conventional saloon
- Slightly harsh ride about town
- Automatic gearbox isn’t the most responsive
Elegant premium five-door coupe
The Audi A7 is one of the most interesting cars in the German manufacturer’s range. Designed to compete with the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, and the Mercedes CLS, the Audi A7 offers the luxury of a limousine, with the sumptuous curves of a sports coupe. First introduced in 2010, the A7 offers an exceptional interior, an impressively refined ride, and head turning looks. It might be more expensive to buy than the A6 on which it’s based, but few cars stand out from the crowd like an Audi A7.
A minor facelift in 2015 featured minor cosmetic updates, improvements to CO2 emissions, as well as improved infotainment technology.
Outstanding interior design
The interior of the Audi A7 is loosely based on the A6 platform that it’s built on, but with a higher quality finish. The sloping roofline does restrict rear headroom somewhat, but the large boot and generous equipment add to what is a hugely impressive package.
The dashboard design of the A7 is as elegant as it is practical. The dash swoops across the cabin, and is constructed with high-grade materials. Soft-touch materials are a norm for a car of this class, but the A7 really definitely feels a step above. Controls are also well-placed, nicely damped, and intuitive, all of which makes you feel instantly at home. Metal flourishes finish off the cabin, which all in all really is just a little bit special.
Practicality is also pretty impressive in the A7. The sloping roofline does hinder rear headroom, but only for the tallest of passengers, and legroom is more than ample, even if you’re an olympic basketball player. The 535 litre boot capacity is also impressive, with more than enough room for a full set of golf clubs, or a box of champagne, hamper, and travel luggage, for that romantic weekend getaway.
Equipment levels are, as you’d expect for a car of this class, generous. The entry-level SE Executive trim comes with almost everything most buyers will need, with four-zone climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery, and an excellent infotainment system, that incorporates sat-nav, DAB radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. There’s a huge equipment list available as well, though extras are expensive, and unless you’re really into your tech, unnecessary.
All in all the interior of the A7 is almost the complete package. The cabin is wonderfully designed, solidly built, and comes with a huge range of equipment. There’s also plenty of boot space, but avoid the expensive options list if you can.
Smooth and refined ride
The Audi A7 is a car that is built for comfort above all else. That’s not to say however that you can’t have a little fun. There’s plenty of grip through the corners, whether you go for two, or four wheel drive, and body roll is kept well in check. Steering isn’t the finest however, as it is imprecise, and inconsistently weighted. The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is without doubt a better car for hammering it through country road bends, but the Audi A7 is still an impressive car out on the open road.
Suspension and Chassis
One area in which the A7 really excels is in the level of comfort in the ride. The chassis and suspension systems iron out even the worst of British road surfaces, especially at speed. The ride is perhaps a little firm for town driving, though not overly so. Ride refinement is similarly impressive, as there’s very little in the way of road and wind noise, which makes the A7 an exceptional long-distance motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the A7 come in two guises. There’s no manual transmissions on offer in the A7 range, but they wouldn’t really suit the A7’s refined character, so it won’t be a problem for most. Entry-level models come with a seven-speed auto, whilst more expensive A7s are fitted with an eight-speed. Both are smooth and refined, though they can be a little slow to react when you need a quick burst of acceleration.
A good range of powerful, efficient engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your A7, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. All engines are refined, quiet, and punchy, with efficient diesels and super-quick petrols both featuring.
If it’s power that you want from your A7, the stand-out option in the range is the monstrous V8 petrol-powered RS7 4.0 TFSI quattro performance. This engine produces an incredible 597bhp, and 553ft/lb of torque, which propel the car from 0-62mph in an eye-watering 3.7 seconds. There are few cars on sale that are quite as rapid as this, so it’ll be a real head-turner for petrolheads. All engines in the A7 range are quick enough for most, with even the entry-level model taking just over 7 seconds.
Eco-friendly buyers will be reasonably happy with the engines on offer in the A7 range. Luxury four-seater coupes aren’t known for being particularly green, but the diesel-powered 3.0 TDI Ultra model produces just 124g/km of CO2 emissions. True eco-warriors aren’t going to go for this car, but for the majority of buyers, low emissions mean low tax bands, which is likely to be of greater importance. This engine is also the best option for money savers, as it’s the cheapest to buy in the range, cheapest to tax, and offers the best fuel efficiency. With up to 58.9mpg on offer, you can save plenty of money long-term in fuel bills.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your A7, you’re going to get a smooth, refined, powerful, and efficient engine. Audi is known for its incredible engine technology, so even entry-level models feel a step above the norm.
Untested by NCAP, but exceptional standard safety kit
Unfortunately, the Audi A7 hasn’t been through the stringent safety tests undertaken by the boffins at NCAP. It’s pretty safe to say however, that the A7 is a safe car, especially when you consider that the Audi A6 on which the A7 is based is amongst the leaders in its class. The A7 also comes with a plethora of modern safety equipment. Even entry-level models come equipped with a full complement of airbags, electronic stability control, and tyre-pressure monitoring. Equipment such as lane-keep assist, night vision, and adaptive cruise control are all available as optional extras.
Good value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Audi A7 is obviously not the cheapest car to buy from new, but it is superb value for money to run day-to-day, especially for a car in its class. This obviously varies between model to model, but if you stick to the lower powered diesels you’ll get outstanding fuel efficiency, and relatively low CO2 emissions. The high-powered S7 and RS7 models are understandably harsh on the wallet, but they more than make up for that with out-and-out thrills.
Insurance groups for the A7 again depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 33 for the entry-level 3.0 TDI SE, and climb up towards group 47 if you’re tempted by the high-spec thrills of the 4.0T FSI V8 RS7 Performance. Whichever model fits your needs, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation is a large factor with the A7, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Audi A7 is one of the most complete executive cars that money can buy. Not only is it a great luxury limousine, it’s also a fine-looking coupe cruiser. With an exceptional interior, some incredible engines, and stylish aesthetics, it’s hard to fault the Audi A7.
Buying a used Audi A7 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Audi A7 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used A7. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Audi A7 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Audi? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Audi A7, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used A7, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Audi to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.