The visually stunning and highly capable A7 is aging like a fine German Riesling. Behind the four interlocking rings on the grille lives a four-door luxury fastback with timelessly sexy styling, standard features galore, a refined driving character, and a class-exclusive hatchback body with copious cargo space. A standard 333-hp supercharged V-6 unites with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive in sweetly dynamic fashion. The top-spec Competition model is tuned for extra performance with 340 horsepower and a stiffer sport suspension. Power-hungry buyers might consider the A7’s audacious alternatives—the 450-hp S7 or the RS7, with up to 605 horses—but the standard A7 is plenty quick, and it beautifully balances luxury and athleticism. Its interior epitomizes tranquil quality and boasts top-grade materials. Entering the twilight of its life cycle, the A7 remains relevant through compelling performance, unexpected practicality, and enduring good looks. Like a great wine, it’s nuanced and memorable.
the 450-hp Audi S7. Sticking with the well-equipped Premium Plus nets us:
• 8.0-inch MMI infotainment screen with navigation
• Leather seats, heated and power adjustable up front
• Front and rear parking sensors
• Adaptive rear spoiler
We also chose add-ons that improve performance and appearance. The S line Sport package ($1000) is a steal, adding unique bumpers, a sport suspension, and unique 19-inch wheels. It also unlocks the $1500 20-inch Black Optic package, which equips the A7 with bigger wheels, adds high-gloss-black exterior accents, and makes optional summer tires available at no cost. In total, our A7 set us back $72,250.