2012 Audi A7

MSRP $60,125

Ranked #9 in Sedan

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2012 Audi A7 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Debuted in the year 2012, the Audi A7 is a new offering from the popular German automaker in the executive car segment. With a five-door liftback design, the 2012 Audi A7 is a pretty unique car in Audi’s lineup of executive cars. It features a sloping roofline with a steeply raked rear window and integrated boot lid, which is known as a “Sportback” design in short. So the new A7 can be thought of as a four-door fastback version of the Audi A6, both of them being developed on the Volkswagen MLB platform.

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Pros

Distinctive styling

Powerful and efficient engine

Standard all-wheel drive

More practical cargo space than a regular sedan

Cons

Tight rear headroom due to the sloping roofline from the fastback design

Feel and feedback from the steering wheel could have been better

Significantly more expensive than a similarly specced Audi A6

What's New?

A completely new offering from Audi


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$60125

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 5500-6500 rpm

torque

325 lb.-ft. @ 2900-4500 rpm

transmission

8 speed Tiptronic Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

114.7 in.

length

195.6 in.

width

75.2 in.

height

56 in.

curb weight

4210 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94 cu ft.

cargo volume

24.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/22/28 mpg

highway range

554.40 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Premium Plus$60,125 onwards

  • 19-Inch wheels
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Hd radio
  • Navigation system
  • Rearview camera

Prestige$60,125 onwards

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Four zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless entry and keyless ignition
  • Ventilated front seats

Colors and Styles

2012 Audi A7 in Garnet Red color
Garnet Red

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

8.7

Interior

8.6

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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With three different trim levels to choose from, the Audi A7 has a starting price range of $60,125 and goes up to $66,105. Its stylish exterior, luxurious interior, and sporty dynamics make it a pretty compelling car in its segment. Speaking of the segment, the Audi A7 competes with the likes of BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Porsche Panamera, and other similar executive fastbacks in the market.


6.0/10
Features

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

8.7/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2012 Audi A7 Features

6.0/10

The 2012 Audi A7 Sedan is available in three different trim levels to choose from, viz. Premium, Premium Plus, and the top-of-the-line Prestige trim. The entry-level Premium trim starts off strong with features like heated eight-way power front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED DRLs, automatic wipers, heated windshield washers, and much more. Noteworthy upgrades include a rearview camera, a navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, an enhanced version of MMI with voice controls.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP

$60,125

$63,395

$66,105

Key Features

18” wheels

In addition to or replaces Premium trim features with:

In addition to or replaces Premium Plus trim features with:

 

Automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED DRLs

19” wheels

Adaptive headlights with washers

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

Rearview camera

Keyless entry and ignition

 

Sunroof

Front and rear parking sensors

Four-zone automatic climate control

 

Power-adjustable heated front seats with power-adjustable lumbar support and memory settings for the driver seat

Navigation system

Ventilated front seats

 

Adjustable drive settings

Voice controls

S line exterior trim

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Since all the three trim levels of the 2012 Audi A7 come with the same powertrain, you just have to decide which trim suits you the best with regard to luxury technology and creature comforts. While the base Premium trim is filled to the brim with luxury tech and creature comforts, features like the navigation system and front and rear parking sensors which are available in the Premium Plus trim make it a pretty worthy choice.

2012 Audi A7 Engine and Performance

8.7/10

All three trims of the 2012 Audi A7 Sedan are powered by the same supercharged 3.0L V6 TFSI unit producing a maximum of 310 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels via the standard Quattro all-wheel-drive drivetrain. While Audi officially claims that the A7 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, which is pretty quick on its own, it has been found out that it can actually do that in as quickly as 4.6 seconds, which is incredibly quick for an executive car. 

Moreover, the top speed is governed at 155 mph. This makes the Audi A7 quite an excellent performer in all aspects. It promises excellent handling as well due to the all-wheel-drive system while the steering wheels lack a bit of feedback. Apart from that small issue, the rest of the car is very enjoyable.

Model

2012 Audi A7

2012 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 

2012 Porsche Panamera

MSRP

$60,125

$57,000

$71,300

$75,200

Engine

3.0L supercharged V6

3.0L turbocharged Inline-6

4.7L turbocharged V8

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

All-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

7-speed automated manual

Power

310 HP @ 5500 rpm

300 HP @ 5800 rpm

402 HP @ 5000 rpm

300 HP @ 6200 rpm

Torque

325 lb-ft @ 2900 rpm

300 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

443 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.6

5.2

4.6

5.8

Quarter mile (seconds)

13.2

13.6

NA

NA

Top speed (mph)

155

155

155

160

Except for the Mercedes CLS, all the other cars in its segment including the Audi A7 are in a very similar ballpark with regards to the power output from their engines. The Merc has a larger capacity turbo V8 and produces significantly more power than the rest. But the power is not translated to outright speed, to say the least. It has very similar performance figures to the relatively less powerful Audi A7.

2012 Audi A7 Fuel Economy

8.7/10

Powered by the 3.0-liter TFSI supercharged V6 under the hood, the Audi A7 has an EPA estimated fuel efficiency of 18, 28, and 22 mpg in the city, highway, and combined cycles respectively. It is one of the most efficient cars in its segment, though only by a small margin. The overall range on a full tank of gas is also good but not the best by any means. Other cars in the segment have bigger tanks, especially the Porsche Panamera that comes with a massive tank that helps it deliver impeccable driving range.

Model

2012 Audi A7

2012 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 

2012 Porsche Panamera

MPG (City)

18

19

17

18

MPG (Highway)

28

28

25

27

MPG (Combined)

22

22

20

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.8

18.5

21.1

26.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

356.4/554.4/435.6

351.5/518.0/407

358.7/527.5/422

475.2/712.8/554.4

In terms of fuel economy, the Audi A7 and most of its competitors are in a very similar ballpark. That being said, the Mercedes-Benz CLS with a bigger, more powerful engine under the hood is naturally a bit less efficient than the rest. But it does have a relatively large fuel tank to compensate for that loss. The Porsche Panamera has a massive fuel tank and delivers the best range.

2012 Audi A7 Interior

8.6/10

Audi has a pretty good reputation with regards to making some of the finest, most luxurious interiors in a car, and the 2012 Audi A7 sedan stays true to that reputation as well. It has a high-quality executive-looking interior which makes you feel special every time you step inside the car. On top of that, the base Premium trim starts off strong with luxury and convenience features. These include heated eight-way power front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, driver-seat memory functions, leather upholstery, and much more. 

The top-spec Prestige trim adds on upgrades like ventilated front seats and a power-adjustable steering wheel. While you can get heated rear seats with the Cold Weather package and the comfort level of the twin rear bucket seats is immaculate, the A7's aggressively raked roofline makes the rear headroom tight for most adults.

Model

2012 Audi A7

2012 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 

2012 Porsche Panamera

Seating Capacity

4

5

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.9 / 57.2 / 41.3

41.4 / 59.3 / 40.6

36.9 / 57.1 / 42.1

38.0 / 51.9 / 41.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.6 / 55.9 / 37.0

39.0 / 57.7 / 41.8

36.1 / 56.5 / 35.0

38.2 / 51.7 / 33.3

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

24.5

15.5 

15.3

15.7 

While the rear headroom of the Audi A7 is pretty tight, it is what you would expect from a fastback design. While the Audi A7 has a pretty good interior volume of 119.0 cubic feet, which is pretty good for its segment, the BMW 5 Series takes the cake in this regard with a total interior volume of 122.5 cubic feet. However, if interior space is one of your top priorities, then the 5 Series GT from BMW might be your best bet. Depending on the trim level, noteworthy interior features include:

  • Heated eight-way power front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment
  • Driver memory functions
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2012 Audi A7 Sedan’s infotainment unit?

The Audi A7 comes with Audi’s newest MMI or Multi-Media Interface system. The main purpose of this system is to streamline the controls for audio, vehicle settings, and available navigation under a common interface, and it does that pretty well. With standard features including a CD player with USB and AUX connectivity, Bluetooth, and a 14-speaker Bose sound system, it also comes with satellite radio and an iPod audio interface as well. Key features of the infotainment include:

  • CD player with USB and AUX connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • 14-speaker Bose sound system
  • Satellite radio
  • iPod connectivity

2012 Audi A7 Exterior

9.0/10

The 2012 Audi A7 Sedan has a unique-looking fastback design which makes it one of the best-looking cars in Audi’s lineup. It has a seamless design with a long engine hood, and along with the long wheelbase and the short overhangs, it creates perfect proportions for the eyes to behold. But there’s more to it than just pure visual perfection. The Audi A7 has an active rear spoiler that extends from the rear hatch at highway speeds to improve stability. The top-of-the-line Prestige trim also comes with an S-line exterior trim to make it stand out from the rest.

Model

2012 Audi A7

2012 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 

2012 Porsche Panamera

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4210

4641

4158

3880

Length (in.)

195.6

196.8

194.5

195.6

Width (in.)

75.2

74.8

74.1

76.0

Height (in.)

55.9

61.4

55.8

55.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.4

5.7

4.6

5.7

Wheelbase (in.)

114.7

120.9

113.2

114.9

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Audi A7 and most of its competitors are more or less in a similar ballpark, and with a curb weight of 4210 lbs, it holds the middle ground. Also, the A7 has the lowest ground clearance of 4.4 inches. Speaking of exterior dimensions, the BMW 5 Series GT is the tallest car here at 61.6 inches, and with a pretty decent ground clearance of 5.7 inches as well. Few major exterior features include:

  • Standard bi-xenon headlights with LED DRLs
  • Optional LED headlights
  • Heated and auto-dimming mirrors
  • Sunroof
  • Singleframe grille
  • Active rear spoiler

2012 Audi A7 Safety

9.0/10

Standard safety tech for the Audi A7 includes front side airbags, side curtain airbags, front knee airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, traction control, and stability control. Rear side airbags can also be equipped as an added option. It also comes with Audi Pre Sense Plus which prepares the car for impact by tightening the safety belts, adjusting the seats, and closing the windows and sunroof, when a critical situation is detected. Audi Pre Sense Plus also includes four phases of assisted braking, from an audible reminder, to fully assisted braking. Being a new car, it has not been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS. Other active driving aids include:

  • Blind-spot warning system
  • Front and rear collision warning/mitigation systems
  • Infrared night vision display
  • Airbags
  • Audi Pre Sense Plus

2012 Audi A7 Final Verdict

With a stylish exterior design, luxurious interior, and a powerful and efficient engine with sporty handling dynamics, the Audi A7 Sedan is a no-brainer, especially at its price point. It might be a bit more expensive than the Audi A6 executive sedan, and its sloping roofline impedes rear-seat headroom, but that’s what makes the A7 pretty unique on its own. That being said, it actually has one of the most spacious interiors in its class, and also provides best-in-class cargo capacity as well.