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2015 Audi A7

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/5/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Audi A7 gains four-zone climate control, Audi side assist, and Audi pre sense as standard equipment. Prestige trims now come with the S Line exterior package, full LED headlights, and a head-up display. A Carbon package is now offered on the RS 7 with a carbon splitter and diffuser while the Dynamic package adds a revised steering and suspension system, red brake calipers, and a sport exhaust system.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Audi A7 is a midsize four-door hatchback with coupe-like styling and standard all-wheel drive. It is offered with four engine options including a diesel.


The 2015 Audi A7 is offered with four engines, paired to an automatic transmission.

Model: A7 3.0T
Engine and Transmission: Supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 310 hp/325 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 18/28 mpg city/highway

Model: A7 TDI
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 240 hp/428 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 24/38 mpg

Model: S7 4.0T
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 – seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power: 420 hp/406 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 17/27 mpg

Mode: RS 7
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 560 hp/516 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 16/27 mpg

All A7 models provide impressive performance and driving dynamics thanks to its powerful engines, well-tuned chassis and excellent all-wheel-drive system. The car was extremely stable and produced tremendous grip, inspiring driver confidence especially through twisty roads. Acceleration, particularly in the S7 and RS 7, is strong with plenty of usable power for overtaking and merging. The car's steering feel, however, is a weak point due to it feeling artificial and numb in all of its modes. Ride quality suffers when the A7 is equipped with 20-inch wheels, making it jarring and unrefined on rough pavement due to road and tire noise entering the passenger compartment.

The interior remains a strong point like in other Audis with high-quality trimmings and appointments. Tech features are plenty with navigation, blind spot assist, in-car 4G LTE connectivity, Google Earth mapping, and night vision among the list of options. Space is also generous thanks to the car's hatchback body, giving it a maximum cargo capacity of 49.1 cubic feet. However, the A7 only seats four.

The NHTSA and IIHS have not crash tested the 2015 Audi A7.

What We Think

The 2015 Audi A7 is a good choice among midsize luxury cars thanks to its hatchback body style and excellent performance. In a comparison test against the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 and BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, we said that the A7's higher-performance variant, the S7, provided the best performance on twisty roads with tenacious grip, powerful acceleration, and taught suspension that allow the car to be "obscenely fast in a straight line" while being "ridiculously quick in corners."

Additionally, its hatchback body style means it's also practical and easy to live with since it has a generous cargo capacity and seating for four. However, in a 2012 comparison test, we noted that some plastics in the car's interior weren't up to the high standards of build quality Audi is known for because of "gray plastics that cheapen the feel of the car" and leather that seemed like it was of a lower grade.

You'll Like

  • Excellent performance and handling
  • Practical hatchback body style
  • Available diesel engine

You Won't Like

  • Harsh ride with 20-inch wheels
  • Rear seats only for two
  • Artificial-feeling steering

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Maserati Ghibli


4 star


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