2013 Audi A7
Somewhere between sedans and crossovers, there's a burgeoning new class of vehicle that has hatchback versatility and four doors, yet also borrows some of the design intrigue and excitement of a sports car. And the 2013 Audi A7 and S7 are perhaps the most distinctive of these models on the market,The 2013 Audi A7, on the other hand, is praiseworthy for its balanced blend of luxury and performance, giving the owner a healthy dose of each. It also starts out as the least expensive car in the bunch. If you find yourself in the coupe-styled luxury sedan market and you're trying to decide among any of these cars,The S7 is powered by a 420-hp variation of the brand’s new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. This engine, at the same output level, also motivates the new S6; it makes more power in the S8 and base Bentley Continental GT. There’s considerable commonality with the naturally aspirated 4.2-liter FSI V-8 still offered in other models, but the new engine features a number of enhancements, chief among them a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers and an indirect intercooler, all placed in the vee between the cylinder heads. The crankshaft design carries over from the 4.2 FSI, with reduced stroke; friction losses are significantly reduced. A cylinder-deactivation system—it closes the valves of cylinders 2, 3, 5, and 8 under light loads.
The 2013 Audi A7 has a supercharged V6 engine, which reviewers say provides plenty of power. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also standard, which earns praise for its smooth, responsive operation. The 2013 A7 gets 18/28 mpg city/highway, which isn’t bad for a V6-powered luxury car.10-speaker stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Features like Bose or Bang & Olufsen sound systems, a backup camera with parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a heated steering wheel are optional or available on higher trims. The A7 is offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. A 4-seat layout is standard, but every 2013 A7 is eligible for the optional 5-seat layout with a rear middle seat.
The A7's standard back seat only has two positions, but it's unexpectedly hospitable to adults. Given the A6 sedan's underwhelming back seat, the A7's rear quarters really aren't much of a downgrade. Taller passengers might find their heads are uncomfortably close to the roof, but still, the A7 is a legitimate 4-seater. As for the optional fifth seat, well, we suppose you might appreciate it if you have an extra kid to schlep around on a regular basis. You get a fair number of features for the A7 Premium's base price of $59,250. (Yes, Audi calls all its base trims "Premium.") The A7 Premium comes standard with leather, keyless start and those trademark LED daytime running lights.Move up to the Premium Plus version, like our tester, for $62,870, and you'll also get 19-inch wheels, navigation and parking sensors.We love the Google Earth navigation screen in the A7, which makes a fantastic map to follow, on a big pop-up screen. As for the navigation system itself.