2012 Audi A7 vs. Its Competition

2012 Audi A7 4-door HB Auto quattro 3.0 Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Acura ZDX, BMW 5-Series GranTurismo, and Mercedes-Benz CLS each are swoopy models with arching rooflines, much like the Audi A7, but none of them are so pure in design as the A7.

The ZDX and GranTurismo are both high-riders, trying to be more butch, and the curvy CLS is less conservative than other Mercedes-Benz models, but it actually has an ordinary trunk.

The A7 is also a pretty solid bargain (in relative terms) next to the less aesthetically pleasing Porsche Panamera V-6, which starts a whopping $15,000--25 percent--higher at $74,000.

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9.0
The 2012 Audi A7 is a tech powerhouse and design standout, showing that hatchback practicality can indeed be sexy.
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8.6
The 2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo is an intriguing design with a luxurious interior and limo-like back seat, but it has narrow niche appeal--and it's neither as nimble as the 5 sedans nor as handy as the X5 (or a wagon).
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Still a fashionista at heart, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS is cut from a more masculine pattern book these days--especially in powerful AMG trim.
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Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.
MSRP From    
$59,250$46,120$57,000$71,300$75,200
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Supercharged Gas V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class    
Midsize Cars4WD Sport UtilityLarge CarCompactLarge Car
Style Name    
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 PrestigeAWD 4-Door5-Door 535i Gran Turismo RWD4-Door Sedan CLS550 RWD4-Door HB
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45544
Passenger Doors    
444N/AN/A
Body Style    
Sedan4 Door Sport UtilityHatchback4 Door SedanHatchback
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift