Yes, 2012 is going to be a great year, especially if you spend it in the all-new, ultra-sexy and highly functional Audi A7. Whispered to be Audiâ€™s answer to the Porsche Panamera, the A7 will probably have more takers.
Donâ€™t get me wrong. I absolutely adore the Panamera but it doesnâ€™t move everyone. I seriously doubt thatâ€™s the case with the Audi A7; thereâ€™s just something about it that can please a lot of the people most of the time.
If youâ€™re single and looking for an impressive ride that speaks to how hard you work to afford the finer things in life, then the A7 is your car. And, if you have a family but donâ€™t want the typical, weâ€™ve-been-beat-down-by-growing-up-and-accepting-responsibility ride, then the A7 is definitely your car too.
A new entry class for Audi, the A7 is a sleek hatchback that seats four. If needed, it also has the storage capabilities of a station wagon. Simply fold the rear seats forward. A mere touch of a button lifts the rear hatch, making loading up a breeze.
Backtracking to the A7â€™s sex appeal, the headlights easing back into the body gives it a flirty, fast-ride flair. The signature four rings even appear more distinctive. Sitting low to the ground further enhances its sports car bravado. Actually, the overall contour of the exterior is a testament to fine craftsmanship.
In keeping with Audiâ€™s performance-driven reputation, the A7 doesnâ€™t limp along either. It goes from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds and tops out at 130 mph with no signs of distress. Turning is effortless too, a joy even. Gas mileage is a pocket-friendly 18 mpg in the city and an impressive 28 on the highway.
Taking our technology-filled lives into account, Audi connect means look for a Wi-Fi Hotspot no more because itâ€™s literally in the car. So, a parked A7 easily transforms into a mobile office for busy professionals on the go. And work is never an excuse for a passenger to back out of a road trip either. With laptop in hand, just work along the way. If that werenâ€™t enough, Google Earthâ„¢ has been integrated into the navigation system plus thereâ€™s Googleâ„¢ Local Search.
Base price starts at $59,250 but goodies like moonlight blue metallic paint, a BoseÂ® surround sound system, 19-inch wheels as well as front and rear parking sensors with back-up camera on the one I drove can push the price to $68,830. Itâ€™s probably one of the few cars on the market, however, thatâ€™s worth every penny. Itâ€™s not every day you get sexy and functional in one complete package. So, when it comes to that question, the Audi A7 definitely has the answer.
Weaving her way through the endless traffic of new cars, our Atlanta-based contributor Ronda Racha Penrice test drives the best of the best in automotive innovation. Always â€œOn the Move,â€ Ronda has even been known to pull her bumper du jour into some of the hottest destinations accessible by wheels. Catching her isnâ€™t easy, though, unless itâ€™s on UPTOWNmagazine.com.