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2017 Audi A7 Driving Impressions

Though large and luxurious, the A7 accelerates quickly and is surprisingly agile. Little of the understeer characteristic of Audis is evident. Yet, in spite of exhibiting roadgoing qualities that are more sporty than expected, occupants can expect satisfying ride comfort.

The A7 is fun to drive, courtesy of its balanced chassis as well as its potent engine, which delivers a strong sense of confidence. Acceleration to 60 mph takes less than six seconds, and the responsive automatic transmission yields smooth shifts.

Passenger comfort, ride quality, and driving ease help give the A7 the pedigree of an authentic luxury automobile. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive provides additional traction when needed, coupling with the overall balance to yield a truly pleasurable driving experience. Sports sedan enthusiasts might proclaim a lack of steering feel, with minimal feedback at the wheel, but many drivers aren’t likely to notice.

For its size and power, not to mention its all-wheel-drive system, the A7 is quite fuel-efficient.

Credit goes to the hatchback’s svelte profile, which improves aerodynamic qualities. The A7 is EPA-rated at 20/30 mpg City/Highway, or 24 mpg Combined.

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