2015 Audi A7

What's new for 2015? The 2015 Audi A7 Premium Plus models get four-zone automatic climate control, a rear-collision warning system and a blind-spot monitor as standard equipment, while the Prestige models add standard full LED headlights and a head-up display.

There's a lot about the 2015 Audi A7 that can get your attention. The stylish, sloped roof line is certainly easy on the eyes. The promise of a sporty driving experience paired with an economical diesel engine is a prospect worth considering for any luxury owner. Even though there are plenty of sleek luxury sedans these days, the 2015 Audi A7 stands out in its class. It may place a high value on style, but this seductive Audi has substance, too.

Beneath the surface, the A7 is a well-engineered sedan that is excellent to drive. The supercharged V6 and turbocharged diesel V6 engines are both very good, with exemplary in-town responsiveness and impressive fuel economy. Moreover, the diesel engine is nearly on par with the supercharged gasoline engine when it comes to acceleration, making a strong case for paying a bit more up front and saving at the pump. Further up the Audi food chain are the more-powerful S7 and RS 7, and they're great if you're ultimately interested in something that can outpace almost every other sedan on the road. But let's be clear -- the "regular" A7 is definitely no slouch. Inside, the A7 feels just as comfortable and luxurious as any of its rivals, and there is a wonderful efficiency about the way Audi lays out interiors. Everything seems to be at arm's reach and logically organized, distilling the highly complex underlying technologies into simple, user-friendly functions.

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Available in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels

The 2015 Audi A7 is essentially available in two trim levels -- Premium Plus and Prestige -- for both the 3.0T and TDI engines.

Standard equipment on the Premium Plus includes 19-inch wheels, Audi Drive Select (providing adjustable modes for steering, gas pedal and transmission response), Audi Pre Sense Basic and Rear (see "Safety," below), a blind-spot warning system, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors and keyless ignition and entry. Inside you'll find four-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated eight-way power seats (with four-way lumbar adjustment), driver memory settings, an 8-inch display screen, a rearview camera, a navigation system with voice controls, Audi Connect (providing Google Earth-enhanced navigation, Google search functions, smartphone app integration and mobile WiFi hotspot capability), the MMI infotainment system with console-mounted controls, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio and an iPod interface.

The Prestige adds adaptive LED headlights, "S line" exterior trim, LED ambient interior lighting, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a head-up display and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.

Most A7 options come bundled in various packages. The Cold Weather package includes heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Sport package adds special 19-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension. Sport package models can be enhanced via the Black Optic package, which contributes 20-inch wheels and high-gloss black trim on the grille and window surrounds. The Driver Assistance package includes adaptive cruise control, Audi Pre-Sense Plus (including a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking), a corner-view camera system (front and rear) and lane-keeping assist.

Stand-alone options on the Premium Plus include the Prestige's LED headlights and Bose audio system, while both are eligible for 20-inch wheels, special wood inlays and rear side airbags. The Prestige enjoys exclusive access to an infrared night vision display, power-closing doors and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Handsomely designed interior, MMI infotainment system, Audi Connect with 3G data connectivity and mobile WiFi for 8 devices, adequate legroom

Those who are familiar with Audi's interior design will likely be more than content with the A7's interior. It's handsomely designed and tightly constructed, with excellent materials quality. Audi's familiar Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system controls audio, communication and navigation functions via a dash-mounted pop-up screen and a knob and buttons on the center console. There's also a touchpad that includes radio preset numbers and allows you to enter letters and numbers into the navigation system using handwriting. In total, MMI boasts logical menus and crisp graphics, and after a short time it seems relatively intuitive.

The A7 is also equipped with Audi Connect, which includes 3G data connectivity with mobile WiFi for up to eight devices, Google Earth data for the navigation system and simplified Google search for POIs. The Google Earth feature is a cool concept, but in practice it's an example of form over function, as the "enhanced" map can be more difficult to comprehend at a glance than a conventional navigation map.

Legroom however, is adequate all around. The A7's hatchback design enables easy loading of luggage and larger items that might not fit in the trunk of a conventional sedan. Official cargo capacity is 24.5 cubic feet, but lowering the rear seatbacks increases that volume significantly.

Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Audi A7 includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, a blind-spot warning system, front and rear parking sensors, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Rear side airbags, adaptive cruise control, a corner-view camera system and lane-keeping assist are optional.

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