2012 Audi A7

Vital Stats

Base price: $60,125 (includes destination)
This car’s price: $78,680 (includes destination)
EPA fuel economy: 18 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway with 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission
Standard safety features: Six airbags, stability control, antilock brakes with brake assist; optional Driver Assistance package ($2,500) includes adaptive cruise control and Audi PreSense, which tightens belts and closes windows and sunroof before a crash
High tech: Prestige package ($6,330) includes Audi navigation, MMI Touch multimedia interface control system, Audi Connect, three-zone climate control; Bang & Olufsen sound system ($5,900), LED headlights ($1,400), cold weather package with heated steering wheel and heated rear seats ($450)
Chief competitors: BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo, Hyundai Equus, Jaguar XF

Key Points

• This sleek, sexy car’s shape is unique among luxury cars
• The A7 is a more expensive variant of the A6 on which it’s based
• This car is billed as a four-seater—to add to the exclusive feel, Audi says, but also because the back seat is limited by the sloping roofline
• The V-6 engine is supercharged rather than turbocharged; Audi says that’s because it’s more powerful than a turbo and offers better gas mileage
• Another advantage to the supercharger: an instant power boost without the lag of a turbo
• “Advanced key” lets you lock, unlock, and start the A7 without removing your key fob from your pocket or purse. Just put your hand on the A7’s door handle to unlock it
• Some consumers might find the multimedia interfaee control system confusing, but get this: it comes with Audi Connect, which uses a SIM card to turn the A7 into a wireless hot spot
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