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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|2014 Audi A7Browse Used Listings||2014 BMW 6-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2014 Jaguar XFBrowse Used Listings||2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS ClassBrowse Used Listings||2014 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Mid-Size Cars||Subcompact Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars||Large Cars|
|4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige||2-Door Coupe 640i RWD||4-Door Sedan I4 T RWD||4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD||4-Door HB|
|All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2014 Audi A7 vs. 2014 BMW 6-Series||2014 Audi A7 vs. 2014 Jaguar XF||2014 Audi A7 vs. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class||2014 Audi A7 vs. 2014 Porsche Panamera|