Underneath its attractive skin, the A7 is essentially mechanically identical to the considerably less costly A6 midsize sedan. But unless blending in is your priority, the A7 makes a strong case for itself with inspired, almost Italianate sheetmetal that apes the sleek roofline of a sports car.
The theme continues inside, where flowing lines, metal accents and a variety of available wood trim choices – including exquisite lacquer-less “natural” ash – create a ritzy, fashion-forward environment. Some rear headroom is sacrificed in the name of the A7’s dapper lines, but at least Audi has tossed the puzzling two-passenger rear setup for the latest model year in favor of a conventional bench seat that adds space for a third rear passenger.
Because of its hatchback configuration, the A7 provides easy access to its generously sized (24.5 cubic feet) cargo area.
Being a modern Audi, the A7 is equipped with MMI, or multimedia interface, which includes an eight-inch pop-up display, a five-inch information LCD display and an optional heads-up display for the windshield. The MMI also boasts an industry first: the ability to recognize driver handwriting via the touch input pad, allowing for the input of both navigation and telephone information.
The A7 comes standard with Audi connect, which offers in-car WiFi along with real-time localized weather, news and live fuel prices. When equipped with an optional navigation system, the system includes Google Earth integration – complete with panoramic views and high-resolution 3D satellite and aerial imagery.
A luxury car wouldn’t be complete without a myriad of active and passive safety features to keep its precious occupants safe, as is the case with the A7. The A7 employs an adaptive restraint system that is integrated into the Audi pre sense safety system, which intelligently manages airbag deployment and seatbelt tensioners simultaneously in the event of a near of actual accident.
The optional Audi pre sense plus system can detect imminent collisions and autonomously apply full braking force to prevent or mitigate the severity of a crash.
Other standard safety items include front, front knee, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems and electronic brakeforce distribution.
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