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 Senior 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.

2012 Audi A7 4-door HB Auto quattro 3.0 Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A7
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2012 Acura ZDX AWD 4-door Advance Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura ZDX
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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class 4-door Sedan 4.6L RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S2012 Porsche Panamera
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Quick Specs
9.0
The 2012 Audi A7 is a tech powerhouse and design standout, showing that hatchback practicality can indeed be sexy.
7.8
8.4
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.
8.2
Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.
MSRP From   
$59,250$46,120$71,300$75,200
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Supercharged Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class   
Midsize Cars4WD Sport UtilityCompactLarge Car
Style Name   
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 PremiumAWD 4-Door4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD4-Door HB
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4544
Passenger Doors   
44N/AN/A
Body Style   
Sedan4 Door Sport Utility4 Door SedanHatchback
Transmission   
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift
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