Seat Time: 2014 Audi A7 TDI quattro

February 19th, 2014 at 8:00am

Audi A7 Sportback/Standaufnahme

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: VW AG
Make: Audi
Model: A7 TDI quattro
Model Range: 4-door sedan
Competitors: BMW 535d xDrive, Mercedes E350 BlueTec
Trim Levels: A7, TDI, S7, RS 7
Price Range: $64,500-$122,545; $81,395, As Tested
Made in: Neckarsulm, Germany
Drivetrain: 3.0L V6 diesel with Quattro AWD
EPA Ratings: 24 city/38 hwy/29 combined; 25.4 mpg observed

Read on for John McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

Notable Features:

  • 13A730TFSI_21_hrgbPowerful diesel, combined with AWD in a large luxury sedan
  • Price as tested includes $13,600 of options including $5,900 for a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and $2,800 for adaptive cruise control and active lane assist

Final Impression:
Talk about eager response! The 428 lb-ft of torque from this diesel translates into instant acceleration. No need to floor it, just touch the accelerator and this car moves out smartly. Yes, the diesel is rougher than the gasoline engine and noisier at low speeds with a light throttle. But the overall experience makes this car a pleasure to drive. It has exceptionally good suspension control over very rough pavement, which is not always true of AWD vehicles. I was disappointed with the fuel economy it delivered, but it was bitter cold and snowed heavily during the time I drove the car. I’m sure in warmer weather, when you’re not constantly running the seat heaters and defroster, the A7 will deliver better results.

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I was also disappointed in the wood trim used on the instrument panel and door panels. It looks and feels like cheap, laser-etched plastic. I’m sure it’s not cheap or plastic, but it sure looks that way. If you’re truly interested in this car, get one with a different interior trim.

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