Audi has mastered the art of originality with its 2017 A7 3.0T competition quattro. This sport sedan has luxury, performance, and technology all wrapped up in a beautiful package.
While others try to imitate, the Audi A7 innovates in all aspects, with a strong focus on driver experience.
Find out how this four-door performance coupe is creating new trends with a closer look at our 2017 Audi A7 3.0T competition quattro test model.
2017 Audi A7 3.0T competition quattro Exterior
Audi’s design team has been firing on all cylinders with its latest generation of cars, and the 2017 A7 is another example of perfect execution and timeless beauty.
At the front, standard LED headlights flank the A7’s signature grille, which gets a gloss black treatment as part of the 3.0T competition model. Black side mirror housings are also standard on the competition trim, and blend into the window frame and “invisible” B-pillar to produce an uninterrupted and flowing side profile.
The front and rear doors feature a wide-opening angle as well as a soft-close function — once the door latches, the A7 automatically completes the closing process. Gone are the days where you have to fuss with an ajar door.
Moving towards the back, the coupe-like roofline ends at a dramatic rear-end with LED taillights and a deployable spoiler. A high-angle, powered rear hatch opens with the touch of a button to provide easy access to the cargo area.
Our test model came painted in Ibis White, sported 20-inch wheels in a titanium matte finish, and also featured red brake calipers to give the A7 3.0T competition quattro a sporty yet sophisticated look that garnered compliments everywhere we went.
2017 Audi A7 3.0T competition quattro Interior
The impeccable design and execution continues inside the 2017 Audi A7 with the use of premium materials and cutting-edge technology.
Piano Black inlays in the interior of our 3.0T competition model provided a sophisticated backdrop for the Korso red contrast stitching found on the standard Valcona leather. Front passengers are treated to 12-way power sport seats while the optional Cold Weather package adds heating to the rear seats.
At the center of the wraparound dashboard is a retractable MMI display which acts as a portal to all of the A7’s infotainment features. The intuitive MMI touch controls located on the center console help you quickly access navigation, satellite radio, vehicle settings, smartphone connected apps, and more via a selector dial or a touchpad.
Standard on every 2017 A7 is Audi’s smartphone interface, enabling Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration to let you stay connected to your favorite media and apps. You can control these smartphone-powered features with the MMI touch system, your voice, or buttons on the steering wheel. A Bose Surround Sound System delivers rich bass and clear acoustics for all to enjoy.
The A7 competition model features a 4-seat configuration, and gives rear passengers 37-inches of legroom. Total luggage capacity is 24.5 cu. ft, all of which is hidden under a privacy partition found just below the rear windshield.
The interior of the A7 competition is definitely one of the major selling points of the vehicle — the fit, finish, and attention to detail is superb.
2017 Audi A7 3.0T competition quattro Performance
As beautiful as the A7 is, it’s not just about looks because underneath the hood lies a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 340 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque.
An 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission helps keep the engine in its optimum power range, and produces quick accelerations as well as fuel efficient cruising in 8th gear. For spirited driving, gear shifts can be manually controlled via the drive selector or the paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
Power means nothing if there’s no grip, which is why the A7 comes equipped with Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive system, delivering power to all four wheels to improve cornering performance, traction, and vehicle stability. Drivers of all experience levels will appreciate the sure-footed characteristics of the A7, and gain additional confidence when driving on wet or slippery surfaces.
The 2017 A7 competition model’s standard sport-tuned suspension also aids with driver confidence as it delivers ample feedback while maintaining a comfortable and compliant ride. Performance enthusiasts can further customize the driving experience via Audi drive select, choosing from four unique modes that offer different settings for steering, throttle response, and transmission.
Whether you’re sitting in traffic or winding through the canyons, the driving experience is always the same — effortless and rewarding.
Fuel economy for the 2017 Audi A7 3.0T competition quattro is an EPA estimated 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway**.
2017 Audi A7 3.0T competition quattro Safety
The 2017 A7 comes loaded with a variety of standard safety features, like advanced adaptive air bags for both driver and front passenger, SIDEGUARD inflatable curtain airbags, front and rear body crumple zones, and safety belts with automatic pretensioning and load limiters.
Our test model also came equipped with the available Driver Assistance package, which adds adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, a corner view camera system, and high-beam assistant.
Some of these safety features also doubled as convenience features; for example, the adaptive cruise control with stop & go helped us manage slow-speed traffic with ease while the corner view camera system made sure we could park the car with precision.
2017 Audi A7 3.0T competition quattro Overall
Those who value originality and innovation will be very satisfied with what the A7 competition brings to the table. Thoughtful design, luxury, and performance come together to produce an unforgettable on-road experience.
The 2017 Audi A7 3.0T competition quattro has a starting MSRP of $76,550, and our test model came well-equipped at $80,450*.
See what the future of luxury performance is like by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealership.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.