2013 Audi A7 vs. Its Competition

2013 Audi A7
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

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2013 Jaguar XF2013 Jaguar XF
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2013 Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition2013 Porsche Panamera
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Quick Specs
9.0
The 2013 Audi A7 and S7 are design standouts, refined performers, and more exciting, practical alternatives to sedans.
8.4
Refined, nimble, and a scorcher in R trim, the Jaguar XF's only remaining hurdle to greatness is back-seat space.
8.4
Carrying forward 2012's more muscular looks with inimitable style, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class gets new high-tech options while keeping its surprising performance.
8.2
The 2013 Porsche Panamera continues the success of the brand's unusual-looking fastback sport sedan.
MSRP From    
$60,100$58,300$46,975$72,000$75,850
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsLarge CarsMidsizeCompactLarge Car
Style Name    
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige5-Door 535i Gran Turismo RWD4-Door Sedan I4 RWD4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD4-Door HB
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45544
Passenger Doors    
44N/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanHatchbackSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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