If you don't want the conservative look and feel of traditional sport-luxury sedans, but neither wagons nor crossovers are quite hitting the right balance either, the Audi A7 is a good pick--along with, potentially, the Jaguar XF, BMW 5-Series GranTurismo, and Mercedes-Benz CLS.
Each of these are swoopy models with arching rooflines, much like the Audi A7, but none of them are so pure in design as the A7.
The XF is a beautifully wrought piece of design, with a very limited back seat but brilliant supercharged performance and now, all-wheel drive.
The GranTurismo is a high-rider, more like a utility vehicle (with tougher underpinnings, admittedly)--and some may find it easier to get into and out of.
The GranTurismo has an especially roomy back seat.
The curvy CLS is less conservative than other Mercedes-Benz models, but you might be surprised to find that it has an ordinary trunk--and a relatively small one at that.
The A7 also has a somewhat smaller back seat than the Porsche Panamera--and Porsche's four-door fastback has more controversial looks; furthermore the A7 costs about $15k less than the controversial Porsche.
|2013 Audi A7||2013 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo||2013 Jaguar XF||2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class||2013 Porsche Panamera|
|$60,100Browse Used Listings||$58,300Browse Used Listings||$46,975Browse Used Listings||$72,000Browse Used Listings||$75,850Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Supercharged Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas V8||Gas V6|
|Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Midsize||Compact||Large Car|
|4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige||5-Door 535i Gran Turismo RWD||4-Door Sedan I4 RWD||4-Door Sedan CLS550 RWD||4-Door HB|
|All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift|