2014 Audi A7 | new car review

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2014 Audi A7
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AEDAED 238,500 - AED 265,700
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  • 2014 A7
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  • Interior
    Editor: 65%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 85%
  • Quality
    Editor: 85%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 75%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

The 2014 is German brand's answer to the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes CLS. Though there are a few shortfalls, they can all be pardoned as the Audi wears a significantly lower price tag.

Pros

Attractive exterior
Boot space

Cons

Interior doesn't feel very sporty

Looks

The 2014 Audi A7 is Audi’s challenge to the established Mercedes CLS and the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, and they have done well in taking the fight to Germany’s “big two”. The A7 Sportback is a good looking car, but it is worth pointing out that from behind, and only from a distance (thankfully), it does resemble a modern incarnation of British Leyland’s Rover SD1.

2014 Audi A7 exterior collage

All fears of Rover styling are allayed when you get up close; the A7 is simple and well-finished. The elegant body molding that joins the headlights to the rear clusters is a perfect example of the subtle styling that the car possesses. It is an attractive car without making a song and dance about it. The front is, as you would expect, like every other Audi. The back of the car is the most generous, and will offer those behind you at the traffic lights the gift of a pleasant view that will certainly brighten their day. It is flashy without being flamboyant.

Feels

The interior is graceful, yet doesn’t really match the car’s external appearance. If you’re going to buy a fastback such as the A7, then you are likely to have more sporting pretensions. Inside the A7 there is a feel that are you are driving a more conservative saloon. It is laid out in a very logical fashion, and everything is easily within reach. When picking your interior option then the pretend plastic wood is best avoided. Audi’s are silver, grey, and clinical; there is no time for pipe tobacco and walnut.

2014 Audi A7 interior

The driving position is comfortable, with good visibility out over the bonnet. It seats four comfortably and there will be no complaints about leg room in the back. The boot space is the winner though. With the rear seats up, the boot has a volume of 535 litres, but when the seats are down it is increased to a whopping 1390 litres. It is certainly a great feature to have, but buyers of this car will seldom need to transport ladders.

Engineering

Like most Audi’s, the A7 is based on Volkswagen’s MLB platform. This means that the technology relating to the engine and drive-train is tried and tested and present in other current models. The A7 is therefore not going to be a box full of mysteries, which is obviously a major plus. It is not short on goodies and options either. There are a multitude of innovative ideas, including the touch-sensitive “MMI Touch”, which allows you to make calls and set the Sat-Nav without, according to Audi, taking your eyes off the road.

On offer

There are four petrol engines available in the UAE, with the 2.8 FSI and the 3.0 TFSI being the smaller of the bunch. The 2.8 kicks out a modest 204 horsepower, while the 3.0 Quattro will unleash a “that’s more like it” 310 horsepower. Economically speaking, the 2.8 FSI will give you 100 kilometres in exchange for 7.5 litres of fuel, which isn’t bad for a car of this nature. The list of options available on the A7 is endless, but the base model 2.8 FSI will set you back AED 238,500, with the 3.0 TFSI Quattro beginning at AED 265,700. A long list of options generally means that the base models will be under-equipped (when compared to its rivals), but it is for that reason that the A7 appears at such good value.

Verdict

The Audi A7 is a silent killer. While the Mercedes CLS and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe will strut around flexing their muscles, the A7 will glide around silently, using its cunning to win peoples votes. Its simple and elegant appearance means that you will be able to drive around without having to worry about too many people trying to peer in to establish whether you’re a celebrity or not. At AED 238,500 it is AED 90,000 cheaper than the Mercedes and a staggering AED 136,500 cheaper than the BMW. In this battle, the A7 is the pick of the three.

One Response to 2014 Audi A7 | new car review

  1. Libby Reply

    July 19, 2016 at 11:31 pm

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