2013 Audi A7 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

At first glance, the 2013 Audi A7 and S7 Sportback models (which have nearly identical interior accommodations) look long and wide, but their low, sleek body style makes it a bit hard to size up next to sedans. By the numbers, the A7 is a little longer (196 inches) than today's typical U.S. mid-size sedans; and while it's relatively wide, its low 55-inch-tall roofline really does put it at a height with some sport coupes.

What that means is that the seating position is relatively low, and that getting in and out is by no means like some other odd new designs such as the Acura ZDX (that's more of a utility vehicle). Provided you don't have too many lanky passengers in the A7, there's enough space for four adults to get comfortable, while up front the comfort is almost without bounds thanks to highly adjustable seats.

The rakish roofline of the A7 and S7 doesn't affect interior space as much as you might think, and the cabin is comfortable, quiet, and nicely detailed.

Two adults should fit fine in the rear bucket-style seats. The headliner has been scalloped out to accommodate taller adults, but we've found that the dramatic roofline can still be a little unsettling.

One thing bothered us a bit: Perhaps because of side-impact crash requirements, the driver's seat isn't centered on the steering wheel. It's not a big deal though, as the low-set instrument panel is canted slightly toward the driver, pushing forward organically at the corners to enhance a feeling of spaciousness.

The A7's cargo space is definitely better than that of a typical sport coupe, though you will need to watch the hatch glass when closing it. Rear seatbacks fold forward to expand the space, which is a little shallow if you're sizing this up by utility or wagon standards but far more flexible than a sedan's trunk.

The cabin is meticulously shielded from vibrations and harsh noises by the A7's suspension and subframes that are isolated with hydraulic dampers. A rear-mounted spoiler extends from the hatch at 80 mph for better downforce aerodynamics at high speed, and retracts below 50 mph for a smoother shape.  A frameless door system that's typically used in coupes and convertibles helps seal out wind noise with sublime effect in the A7.

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