2014 Audi A7 vs. Its Competition

2014 Audi A7 3.0 TDI competition
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Wagons and crossovers are too practical, and sedans are too conservative for you? A new niche of coupe-like four- and five-doors has erupted, and the Audi A7 (with the S7 and RS 7 derivatives) are among the best of the bunch.

It all started with the Mercedes-Benz CLS, now in its second generation, and as usual, less conservative than other Benzes.

It has four doors and an ordinary trunk, but pulls off a stunning display of curves and surfaces unlike anything else in Stuttgart's lineup.

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 6-Series now comes as a Gran Coupe, a four-door derivative with sleeker looks that, frankly, could replace both the 5er and 7er, as far as we're concerned.

Then there's the Porsche Panamera, and its enormous back seat and ungainly rear roofline.

The Audi's less expensive and better-looking, we think, but Porsche's top Turbo models are breathtaking performers even a cut above the stunning RS 7.

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Quick Specs
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The basic 2014 Audi A7 is gorgeous, yes--but you'll swoon from the heady mix of raw sex appeal and torrid performance in the S7 and RS 7.
8.4
No matter whether it's a coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe, the 2014 BMW 6-Series covers soft and elegant as well as it does sharp and athletic.
8.2
With backseat space as the one caveat, the 2014 Jaguar XF lineup can at once be refined, nimble, and a scorcher of a performer in XFR or exclusive XFR-S guise.
8.4
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS retains its fashion-forward look, while adding efficiency and, in AMG form, even more impressive performance.
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The 2014 Porsche Panamera adds to the desirability of an already heady mix of performance, style, and functionality.
MSRP From    
$64,500$75,400$46,975$72,100$78,100
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsSubcompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsLarge Cars
Style Name    
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium Plus2-Door Coupe 640i RWD4-Door Sedan I4 T RWD4-Door Sedan CLS550 RWD4-Door HB
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
54544
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
quattro SportbackCoupeSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD