– 2012 Audi A7 Review and Test Drive

The 2012 Audi A7 may very well be the best-looking car Audi has ever built. And it’s close to being the best Audi built, period.

There isn’t a weak spot in its design. In person it’s sexy from any angle, and the interior is one of Audi’s best and most logical.

The navigation now uses Google Maps, and that alone makes the system worth the extra money in my opinion.

Performance is stout, if not stirring: the A7 uses a 310-hp version of the S4’s supercharged 3.0L V6. It goes from 0-60mph in around 5.5 seconds, which is darn quick…but it does it in such a smooth, subdued fashion that I hardly noticed. It’s very difficult to keep your freeway speeds under 90mph in this car.

There’s a well-designed hatchback with lots of tie-downs and a monstrous opening that extends the functionality of the cargo area beyond its nominal capacity of 24.5 cubic feet—six more than a BMW X5!

The A7 is fast, fun to drive, and practical with the huge hatch and standard Quattro all-wheel-drive. It’s a sporty luxury car you can drive quickly in nearly any kind of weather and get decent mileage doing so (18 city/28 highway mpg). That makes its as-tested price of $66,220 seem like a real steal.

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Vehicle: 2012 Audi A7

Base Price: $59,250

Price as tested: $66,200

Engine: 3.0L supercharged V6

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Horsepower: 310 @ 5500-6500 rpm

Torque: 325 lb-ft. @ 2900-4500 rpm

0-60 MPH: 5.5 sec.

Curb Weight: 4210 lb.

Warranty: 4 years, 50,000 miles (vehicle),

Fuel Economy: 18 city / 28 highway MPG –

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