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Gear Lust – The 2017 Audi A7 hatchback

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The A7 interiors are roomy, comfortable, and luxurious.

The Audi A7 also comes with a night vision system that can detect and highlight potential hazards, including animals and people. A Driver Assistance Plus package adds corner view cameras, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and forward collision warning with emergency braking.

Fuel Economy

Despite its size and all-wheel drive, the Audi A7 is surprisingly fuel efficient. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rated it last year at 20 mpg city, 30 highway, and 24 combined.

A diesel version of the A7 was available in the U.S. – at least until November 2015 when Audi stopped selling them. At that time, Audi and parent-company Volkswagen admitted the A7 diesel engine polluted more than they advertised. Audi said it’s fixing the issue so the variant may come back.

Part of the A7’s good gas mileage is due to its sleek shape and its use of an 8-speed automatic transmission, which offers a wide span of gears, intelligent shifting, and low rpm at highway speeds.

Performance

The A7 runs like a true luxury car. The Quattro system’s all-wheel-drive traction and the chassis’ balance provide a comfortable driving experience at nearly any pace. The A7 hardly manifests the nose-heavy understeer dynamics typically seen in other Audis.

Only one engine is available, however. It’s a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. It hits 60 mph from a stop in under six seconds. The transmission is a responsive, smoothly shifting 8-speed automatic.

Bottom line: Mercedes-Benz created the four-door-coupe category which Porsche and BMW also compete in, but the Audi A7 has won us over in terms of overall execution.