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The Audi A7 delivers a luxury-sedan ride, coupled with the handling talents of a grand touring machine. Its dashing exterior turns out to be quite practical, with the convenience of a massive hatchback. Occupants get comfortable seats with numerous adjustments.
Following a 2016 design update, the 2017 Audi A7 gets a handful of revisions. Bose surround-sound audio and Audi’s smartphone interface now are standard on 2017 A7 models, along with new 19-inch 5-spoke wheels. Also new is the 2017 Audi A7 3.0T Competition model, which comes with an S line exterior, red brake calipers, and 20-inch wheels. Meanwhile, the V8-powered 2017 Audi S7 adds a Premium Plus trim level; newly designed 20- and 21-inch wheels are available, and red brake calipers come with the 2017 S7 Sport package.
The six-cylinder A7 model comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, joined by the A7 Competition model. In each A7, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 develops 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic, working with standard quattro all-wheel drive. A 340-horsepower version of the V6 powers the A7 Competition hatchback. Audi also offers V8-powered S7 and RS7 editions, which use a 7-speed automatic.
Audi’s Multi-Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system now offers improved Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Available 4G LTE includes the option to connect as many as eight Wi-Fi devices. An S Line Plus package adds a sport suspension and distinctive wheels.
No safety agency has crash-tested the A7, but Audi provides an abundance of safety features, either standard or optional. Standard are blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free functionality, and front/rear parking sensors. An optional Night Vision system can detect potential hazards, including people. A Driver Assistance Plus package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and corner-view cameras.
Audi dropped its diesel version of the A7 after Volkswagen AG, its parent company, admitted in 2015 that its V6 diesel engine emitted more pollutants than initially acknowledged.