The 2012 Audi A7 is one of the “large luxury cars” ranked in the top five of its class. Reviewers find that the car’s sophisticated styling and classy interior make it unique and well-worth the $58,975 price tag. However, a few reviewers are unsatisfied with the brake and steering performance, while others decry the price tag. Overall most reviewers seem very satisfied with the Audi A7 and give it top marks for luxury and style, if not for affordability. In this class, price is not always the most important factor in choosing a vehicle, and if money is no barrier, the Audi A7 is hard to beat for its features and performance.

Audi A7 Awards

The Audi A7 certainly does not lack for awards, especially for the most recent model. Many organizations have rushed to shower accolades on the A7, and the praises have been wide and varied. The 2012 Audi A7 was awarded a place in Car and Driver’s “10 Best” among luxury vehicles, and Autoweek awarded the A7 “Best of the Best” for the 2012 model. Popular Mechanics also awarded the Audi A7 with one of the slots in its “Top Ten” list. The 2012 Audi A7 was also named Automobile Magazine’s “Automobile of the Year” and Motor Press Guild’s “Vehicle of the Year.” Clearly, Audi’s 2012 A7 is an award-winning vehicle in every respect.

2012 Audi A7 Models

All models of the Audi A7 come standard with a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission with Quattro all-wheel drive. While some test drivers complain about steering and braking capabilities, most test drivers are very pleased with the drivetrain’s performance. In fact, the Audi A7 holds its own against such perennial powerhouses as Mercedes’ sports lines in terms of sheer performance, although Mercedes puts a standard V-8 into its luxury sedans and the Audi A7 has only a six-cylinder engine.

The 2012 Audi A7 comes in three trim levels with various standards and options for each level. Each level offers a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine and gets 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway. The Premium trim is the base-level model and offers a variety of standard features such as built-in alarm, cruise control, keyless start, power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, MP3 player, climate control, and power seats. To all this the Premium Plus trim adds a navigation system, HD radio, mirror memory, rear parking aid, and backup camera. The Prestige trim level adds cooled driver seat and seat memory. All trim levels offer the same great safety and exterior features. The Audi A7 offers one of the largest cargo areas in its class, with 24.5 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats lowered.

Audi A7 Safety Ratings

As with all Audi models, safety is paramount. The 2012 Audi A7 has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the federal government, but previous models support the high safety ratings usually given to Audi’s vehicles. The basic A7 includes anti-lock brakes and front, knee, and side airbags. Options include rear-side airbags and blind spot monitoring. The Premium Plus and Prestige trims add rearview camera and adaptive cruise control with collision warning system. Due to rearward visibility issues noted by some reviewers, the rearview camera may be a good option for many drivers.

All Audis include a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty with roadside assistance and complimentary first maintenance. Repair costs for the 2012 Audi A7 are estimated to cost $408 for the fourth year of ownership and $901 for the fifth, for a total of $1,309 for the first five years. Overall the Audi A7 costs less to maintain than similar models in its class.

How much is car insurance for an Audi A7?

Insurance costs for the 2012 Audi A7 are estimated at $2,274 per year. The comparable Jaguar XF averages between $2,233 per year and $3,071 per year depending on trim model. The BMW 525i Gran Turismo’s insurance costs average $2,101 per year. Clearly most insurance costs in this class are high, and all are within range of each other.

If you want to find the best insurance prices for your Audi A7, enter your ZIP code above. You will be shown quotes from several companies that will allow you to compare prices and coverage. Be sure that all coverage options, deductibles, and liability limits are equivalent for each policy before making your choice. You will need minimum liability coverage and, given the high cost of repairs for an Audi A7, may want to include comprehensive, collision, and uninsured motorist coverage as well.