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At its most reductive, the Audi A7 is an oddball. It has more in common with some of the more, er, unusual European hatchbacks of the past few decades. Think Citroen.
But in its purest form, the A7 is Audi's purest design statement, the culmination of a culture of curves. The A7 has its rivals—the very handsome Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, and the very controversial Porsche Panamera—but none can claim its surfacing or its fine detailing. It's a beautiful, stunning piece with just a hint of quirky sensibility. If there's a flaw to be found, the A7 can look a little thick at the tail. Which modern car could be described differently?
Raising the ante to S7 and RS7 trim brings a discreet application of logos, wheels, and an automatic rear spoiler. There's a fantastic matte grey available on the RS 7, and painted brake calipers are on the order sheet too, to compliment its black honeycomb grille.
Powerful and distinctive are words that describe the Audi A7's styling, but they're apt also for its performance. Smoothly paired engines and transmissions let it build speed with a tremendous sense of confidence. It's engaging, even before you get to the S7 and RS 7 power rangers.
The standard engine in the A7 is Audi's 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. In the hatchback, it's rated at 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. In practice, it's a gutsy powerplant that's been muted from its first applications. Lots of low-end torque helps it accelerate the A7 to 60 mph in about 5.4 seconds, while it also achieves up to 28 miles per gallon on the EPA's highway cycle. It's that kind of versatility that's flattering to the A7's good looks, and vice versa.
The A7 is a long, low hatchback, but it's also relatively wide. It's reasonably spacious, though rear-seat headroom suffers, especially with the available panoramic sunroof.
By the numbers, the A7 is a bit longer than many mid-size sedans, at 196 inches overall. It's lower, too, at about 55 inches tall—a height you'll find more often on sport-coupe spec sheets. As a result, all the A7's seating positions are fairly low, and entry and exit can be a little less easy than in the related A6 sedan.
The driving position can be tailored to fit a wide range of frames, but possibly because of side-impact crash requirements, the driver's seat isn't centered on the steering wheel. It's not a big deal though, as the low-set instrument panel is canted slightly toward the driver, pushing forward organically at the corners to enhance a feeling of spaciousness.
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