2014 Audi A7 Cars.com Review

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The Audi A7 TDI offers a winning combination of beauty, speed and efficiency says Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman, but one thing it definitely isn't is affordable. The swoopy sedan's base price went up considerably for 2014, and the new TDI model adds even more of a premium. Is it worth it, and how do competitors measure up? Check out the review below.  

2014 Audi A7 Review

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

Move Over Laptops; Touchpads Are on the Rise in Cars

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A budding group of automakers is embracing something that's ubiquitous outside the car: the humble touchpad. Popularized by laptops since the 1990s, the touchpad is everywhere, including in more and more cars.

We first saw Audi incorporate a touchpad with its Multi Media Interface, thereafter dubbed MMI Touch, in November 2009, and we got a hands-on look just six weeks later. MMI Touch augmented MMI with map scrolling and character recognition, which helped with writing-intense functions like navigation entries. MMI Touch debuted on the A8 (pictured above) and subsequent S8 sedans, and Audi has since thrown it in the new A7/S7 and redesigned A6/S6.

In 2012, BMW joined the fray with iDrive Touch, and Mercedes-Benz is close behind with the 2015 C-Class, which mounts a touchpad above the control knob to operate the Comand multimedia system. Lexus is joining the party too; its forthcoming RC Concept adapts a touchpad to the brand's Remote Touch Interface. Touchpads buck the trend in multimedia systems for touch-screens or control knobs — but seldom both. How shoppers will react? For now, the sample size is still too small.

By Kelsey Mays | November 12, 2013 | Comments (2)

Hypermilers Shatter Audi TDI Fuel-Economy Figures

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A trio of 2014 Audi diesel models logged mileage figures that obliterated their EPA estimates during a two-day, coast-to-coast road trip last weekend. A group of hypermilers set out to prove just how far they could go on as little fuel as possible. The most impressive performance came courtesy of the new Audi A6 TDI sedan, which completed the journey with a combined fuel-economy figure that was 50% better than its corresponding EPA rating.

The A6 drove at an average speed of 62.44 mph and consumed a total of only 66.08 gallons of fuel for a recorded 43.56 mpg — 15% better than the EPA highway-mileage rating and 50% better than its combined rating (the EPA lists it at 24/38/29 mpg city/highway/combined). The A7 TDI sedan, whose EPA estimates mirror those of the A6, logged mileage of 42.65 at an average speed of 62.17 mph — 12% better than its highway rating and 47% better than the combined figure. Meanwhile, the Q5 TDI compact crossover, serving in the challenge as a support vehicle carrying luggage and supplies, still managed 38.62 mpg at an average speed of 61.9 mph, 24.5% better than its EPA highway rating and 43% better than its combined rating (24/31/27 mpg).

By Matt Schmitz | September 11, 2013 | Comments (23)

Top 10 Worst Auto Industry Names

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The auto industry has its share of bad names, and we're not talking bad car names. No, these are bad industry names: drivetrains, technologies or trim-naming schemes that leave car shoppers scratching their heads, rolling their eyes or just plain laughing. Our editors racked their heads for the choicest bungles, and here are our top 10. Some are marketing missteps; others are engineer speak that marketers should have rescued.

Read on.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2013 | Comments (6)

Audi's RS7 Hits Six Figures, 60 MPH in 3.7 Seconds

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The 2014 Audi RS 7 goes from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, and this uber-high-performance variant of the A7 hatchback/four-door coupe goes from about $65,000 to $105,795 in just one luxurious check of the trim level box. Audi announced the collar-tug-eliciting starting price, including an $895 destination charge, today for the RS 7. It debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and is expected to arrive in dealerships in the fall.

The all-wheel-drive RS 7 has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that produces 560 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque, and it's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There are standard matte aluminum or carbon styling packages, distinctive bumpers and grille, an adaptive rear spoiler, lower rear diffuser and large elliptical tailpipes. Inside, the performance theme is accentuated by a three-spoke perforated multifunction sport steering wheel with contrast stitching and an RS 7 emblem, sports seats in Valcona leather with honeycomb quilting, an RS-specific shift knob and interior door handles, and carbon-fiber inlays.

By Matt Schmitz | July 31, 2013 | Comments (2)

Sorry, Spocks; Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Handles Golf Clubs Just Fine

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By now you, and 1.8 million other people, have seen the humorous Audi S7 commercial on YouTube featuring past and present "Star Trek" Spock actors Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.

It's a great ad that cleverly shows the rivalry between automakers. But we've got a problem with the depiction of poor Leonard Nimoy not being able to fit his clubs in the CLS' trunk.

Why?

Well, because we fit a set of clubs in there just fine. Actually, it was two sets and an overnight bag.

By David Thomas | May 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Audi Latest Automaker to Introduce Gas-Price App

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Joining automakers such as GM and Ford, whose respective infotainment systems — Chevrolet MyLink and MyFord Touch — offer drivers the ability to find the nearest station with the cheapest gas, Audi has added an app to its lineup helping folks find where to fill 'er up frugally. The German automaker announced this week that, beginning in May, members of its A3 family of hatchbacks equipped with Audi connect will have access to Refuelling Stop, a new online service that provides information about where to find the cheapest gas.

According to Audi, the service consults an online database of gas stations and prices and matches the list to the driver's current location or destination. The driver can sort search results by price or distance, and simply click on the station and set it as the navigation destination. The system will even consider the type of fuel required by the A3, which can be premium or diesel depending on the engine.

By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi RS 7: Photo Gallery

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For Audi performance fans, RS 7 might as well spell OMG. The high-performance version of Audi's swoopy sedan bowed in Detroit yesterday, boasting a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 good for 560-horsepower, 140-hp over the already beefed-up S7.

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The 2014 Audi RS 7 joins the Mercedes CLS63 AMG and BMW M6 Gran Coupe in the exclusive high-performance "four-door coupe" club. Check out more photos below. 

By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Audi RS 7 at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Competes with: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe, 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
  • Looks like: Four-door coupes with 550-plus horsepower are all the rage for 2014
  • Drivetrain: 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Fall

Four-door coupes like the Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW Gran Coupe offer elegant, sleek styling a step above traditional sedans. Audi’s RS 7 is a beefed-up version of the A7/S7 with an additional 140 horsepower over the S7. With the RS 7, there’s now a trio of super-sedan coupes — Mercedes CLS63 AMG and BMW M6 Gran Coupe — with more than 550 horsepower. Audi’s reign as the all-wheel-drive leader could also be challenged in the super-sedan segment by the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLS 63AMG with standard all-wheel drive to combat wheel spin. Let the games begin.

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With 560-hp, Audi says the RS 7 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The standard Quattro all-wheel drive splits power 60% to the rear wheels and 40% to the front. Continue past 60 mph and you’ll find the RS 7’s electronically limited top speed of 155 mph — only on some models, however. A Dynamic Package raises the top speed to 174 mph and a Dynamic Package Plus bumps it to 190 mph. Stopping the RS7 are 15.4-inch brakes up front with six-piston calipers; higher-performance carbon fiber ceramic brakes are available and bump rotor size up to 16.5 inches.

By Joe Bruzek | January 14, 2013 | Comments (2)

Audi to Bring More Diesel Models to the U.S. Market

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Diesel variants of Audi's A8, A7, A6 and Q5 models are expected to go on sale for the 2014 model year. With a full lineup of new diesel vehicles joining the recently upgraded Q7 TDI, Audi hopes to continue making an efficient, green footprint in the United States. 

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"Owners of Audi TDI engines have helped save over 4 million gallons of gasoline, or the equivalent of more than 240,000 barrels of foreign oil, since the introduction of Audi TDI to the U.S. in 2009," Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, said in a statement. 

By Robby DeGraff | November 27, 2012 | Comments (3)

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