The new Audi A7 is a striking new luxury hatchback that not only handles well but is surprisingly practical—as long as you don't mind that maximum seating capacity fits only four people. The car is quicker, cheaper, and more fuel-efficient than competitors such as the BMW 550i Gran Turismo, Mercedes CLS550, and Porsche Panamera and it comes with standard all-wheel drive. The A7's hatchback design with rear seats that fold down in a 60/40 pattern also offers voluminous hauling space. Its toughest competitor is probably Audi's own newly designed A6 sedan, which seats five and costs about ten grand less. We'd still be sorely tempted by the A7. It's a real knockout.
The new Audi A7 is a striking new luxury hatchback that not only handles well but is surprisingly practical—as long as you don't mind that maximum seating capacity fits only four people. The car is quicker, cheaper, and more fuel-efficient than competitors such as the BMW 550i Gran Turismo, Mercedes CLS550, and Porsche Panamera and it comes with standard all-wheel drive. The A7's hatchback design with rear seats that fold down in a 60/40 pattern also offers voluminous hauling space. Its toughest competitor is probably Audi's own newly designed A6 sedan, which seats five and costs about ten grand less. We'd still be sorely tempted by the A7. It's a real knockout.

2012 Audi A7

Overview
Overview
The new Audi A7 is a striking new luxury hatchback that not only handles well but is surprisingly practical—as long as you don't mind that maximum seating capacity fits only four people. The car is quicker, cheaper, and more fuel-efficient than competitors such as the BMW 550i Gran Turismo, Mercedes CLS550, and Porsche Panamera and it comes with standard all-wheel drive. The A7's hatchback design with rear seats that fold down in a 60/40 pattern also offers voluminous hauling space. Its toughest competitor is probably Audi's own newly designed A6 sedan, which seats five and costs about ten grand less. We'd still be sorely tempted by the A7. It's a real knockout.
Interior
Interior
The A7's cabin is beautiful, with a curvy wrap-around dash; walnut, ash, or aluminum inlays; and an eight-inch navigation screen that folds down and disappears into the dash. There's 24.5 cu. ft. of luggage space, and much more space when you put down the rear seats.
Engine/Transmission
Engine/Transmission
Under the hood is a supercharged 3.0-liter, 310 horsepower V6 that produces a very admirable 325 lb. ft. of torque. The transmission is a high-tech, eight-speed dual-clutch automatic with a manual shifting function and available paddle shifters.
Performance
Performance
The all-wheel-drive A7 is rated to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds, about matching the speed of the BMW 550i GT and Mercedes CLS550. Top speed is electronically limited to 130 miles per hour.
Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy
The A7 is rated to get 18 miles per gallon in the city, 28 on the highway. This outperforms the 2011 BMW xDrive 550i Gran Turismo (15/22) and the 2012 Mercedes CLS550 4Matic (17/25).
Safety
Safety
Standard equipment includes stability and traction control, as well as front, front-side, and head-protecting side curtain air bags. Optional safety gear includes rear side air bags, as well as night vision, collision mitigation, and blind-spot warning systems.
Price
Price
Starting price is $60,125. Add $3,620 for the Premium Plus and $6,330 for the Prestige Packages. Average price is $66,738, according to the Power Information Network, well below the 2012 Mercedes CLS550 ($80,844) and 2011 BMW 550i xDrive GT ($74,000).