2013 Audi A7 3.0 TDI – Review and Road Test

By Christian Stampfer on 26 November 2013
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When it comes to the four-door coupe segment, automotive enthusiasts fall into two groups. IMG_3802One consists of those who do not understand why Mercedes-Benz created this niche segment in 2004 when it introduced the CLS, the second group is in love with the concept of an elegant and luxurious four-door sedan in the shape of a coupe.

Since the CLS’ premiere in 2004 Mercedes-Benz has had the market to itself. That is until 2010, when Audi joined the party with the A7. The Audi A7 is currently available gasoline or diesel engine variants, offering a power output between 204 hp (150 kW) and 313 hp (230 kW), and Audi also offers the car in the sporty S7 and RS7 versions as well for performance-oriented customers. The A7 is manufactured at the company’s plant in Neckarsulm (Baden-Wuerttemberg) and an assembly line in Changchun (China) is currently in operation.

Our 2013 Audi A7 3.0 TDI Quattro Clean Diesel S tronic arrived in an elegant antelope beige exterior color paired with a brown/beige interior with oak trim. Numerous driver assistance features, including  active cruise control with stop & go functionality, active lane assist, and a parking assist system were included.

ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN

“Vorsprung durch Technik” (advancement through technology) is Audi’s advertising slogan and over the past few decades, the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer has introduced numerous innovations including the Quattro all-wheel drive system and the highly efficient TDI diesel engines, living up to its technology commitment. The Audi A7 3.0 TDI benefits from all of them.

The revised V6 diesel engine in our short-term test car was equipped with anIMG_3803 oxidation and NOx absorber catalyst that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions. The new technology makes the engine compliant with the upcoming and rather strict EU6 exhaust regulations and claimed CO2 emissions of 156 g/km give it the right to the “Clean Diesel” part of its name.

The powerful diesel develops 245 hp from its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine with common-rail direct injection. The maximum torque of 427 pound-feet (580 Nm) is available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm and allows the 4,177 pound (1.895 kg) sedan to accelerate in 6.4 seconds from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h). Audi claims a combined fuel economy of 39.8 mpg (5.9 l/100 km) and a theoretical range of 768 miles (1.237 km) without refueling the 19. 3-gallon (73 -liter) tank.

Audi´s automatic transmission, the seven-speed S Tronic, is standard on every Audi passenger car with a 3-liter displacement engine under the hood and is always paired with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.  The transmission uses two multi-plate clutches to control the different gears to distribute engine power via the quattro system to front and rear wheels. Typically, the power ratio is 60% (rear axle) and 40% (front axle) and varies according to the current driving situation with the power distribution automatically adjusted between 85% (rear axle) and 65% (front axle).

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