2016 Audi A7 3.0T Quattro Tiptronic (Review)

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The A7 is definitely one of the most stylish and beautiful large 4-door sedans Audi has ever made, so it seems that there would be no need for improvement, but for 2016, the A7 has received some minor restyling and technical upgrades that have made the very popular luxury sedan even better. Upon first glance these enhancements may not be immediately noticed, but they truly do make the A7 more appealing, desirable, and better looking with a sharper trapezoidal grille, redesigned exhaust outlets, taillights, upgraded LED headlights, a revised front and rear fascia, a faster Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system, USB audio connectivity, and an additional 23 horsepower.

The 2016 Audi A7 is available in two trims- Premium Plus and Prestige comes fitted with either a supercharged 3.0-liter (3.0T) V6 or a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 (TDI) engine. The supercharged 3.0T gas engine produces 333 horsepower (previously 310 hp) and 325 lb. ft. of torque, while the turbocharged TDI diesel engine produces 240 horsepower and 428 lb. ft. of torque. Both trims come equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive (AWD), and quickly accelerates to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds, which is impressively fast for vehicles in this class.

Standard features for the Premium Plus trim include- leather upholstery, a blind-spot warning system, an 8-inch pop-up display screen, automatic adaptive LED headlights, four-zone automatic climate control, 19-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel with shift paddles, LED running lights and taillights, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, driver memory settings, an MMI infotainment system with console-mounted controls, auto-dimming power-folding heated mirrors, a Google Earth navigation system with voice controls, a sunroof, Bluetooth, Google search capability, smartphone-app integration, front and rear parking sensors, an adaptive rear spoiler and keyless entry and ignition, heated 8-way power seats (with 4-way driver lumbar adjustment), satellite radio, a 10-speaker audio system with CD player, USB audio connectivity, 4G LTE with mobile WiFi hotspot capability, a rearview camera, and Audi Drive Select which provides adjustable settings for the accelerator, steering, and transmission.

The Prestige trim comes equipped with all of the aforementioned features, but adds a 14-speaker Bose Sound System, a head-up display, LED ambient interior lighting, ventilated front seats, and passenger lumbar adjustments.

All A7’s come equipped with Audi Drive Select, which adjusts transmission, shifts throttle response, and steering strength with four different modes- Auto, Dynamic, Individual, and Comfort-which is my favorite mode when driving the A7 3.0T, because I found this mode to be the most pleasant and enjoyable, delivering a smoother and quieter driving experience.

There are a number of packages available for the A7, such as a Cold Weather package, which adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The S Line Sport package adds a sport-themed exterior design, stylish 19-inch wheels, and firmer suspension. The Black Optic package adds high-gloss black trim on the grille/window areas and bigger 20-inch wheels, while a Driver Assistance package adds a front and rear corner-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking.

Available exclusively for the Prestige trim is an Individual Contour Seating package which adds 14-way power front seats with memory and massage functions and improved leather upholstery, while an Audi Design Selection package adds distinctive extended leather trim and walnut insets.

The A7’s interior is very luxurious, highly appointed, and is the finest in its segment. The sedan can easily seat up to five passengers, but due to the sleek, sloping roof line, headroom in the rear cabin is not as accommodating for taller passengers, however, headroom and legroom in the front cabin is spacious and the seats are comfortable, plush, supportive, and ergonomic. The interior is constructed of high quality materials with beautiful wood accents and ambient lighting that give the vehicle an elegant and upscale appearance.

The trunk of the A7 with its hatchback design is spacious, measuring about 24.5 cubic feet and can accommodate a variety of larger items that usually don’t fit in the trunk of a smaller sedan.

On the road, the A7 is a strong performer and the 3.0T can easily pass slow moving vehicles in just seconds with quick acceleration, athletic handling, and immediate throttle response that rival many luxury competitors in its segment.

The A7 3.0T yields an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is an increase in fuel economy from previous models, while the A7 TDI yields better fuel efficiency with an estimated 25 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Safety features include- stability control, antilock disc brakes, front and rear parking sensors, a blind-spot warning system, front knee airbags, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, an Audi Pre-Sense safety system which tensions the seatbelts and closes all of the windows if a possible accident is detected and warns the driver, and a Pre-Sense Rear system which uses the brake light to warn traffic behind the vehicle in the event of a rear impact. A Driver Assistance package is optional and adds lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, and a corner-view camera system.

With its beautiful exterior, upscale interior, good fuel economy, quiet and luxurious interior, advanced technology, strong acceleration, and excellent handling, the 2016 Audi A7 is definitely one of the best performing, stylish, and sought after full sized sedans available today.

To find out more about the 2016 Audi A7, please visit- www.audiusa.com

 

 

 

Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

 

2016 Toyota Camry 4-Door Sedan (Review)

The Toyota Camry is a five-passenger midsize sedan that has undergone a complete redesign in the previous model year with new exterior styling, noise insulation, better driving dynamics and interior details, improved handling, more equipment, better materials, and a more contemporary appearance making it a top competitor in its class.

Even though the changes seem subtle at first glance, every element of the new Camry has been restyled, except for the roof. The grille is more prominent, larger, and the exterior has a more refined appearance with stylish LED front running lamps, the door panels are enclosed in a padded leather-like material, the tail lights have an elongated look to them that is similar to some luxury sedans, and side mirrors have been redesigned to improve airflow. The dashboard and center console now have an upscale appearance with larger buttons and knobs with every trim level coming fitted with an attractive Entune touch screen.

There have also been major changes implemented in 2015 to improve the Camry’s responsiveness by introducing a retuned brake-booster system and better electric power steering, which improves handling.

For 2016, Toyota has introduced a new Special Edition trim that is based on the sporty Camry SE. The new 4-cylinder Special Edition comes equipped with a sport tuned suspension, sunroof, stylish 18-inch wheels, keyless entry/ignition, vibrant blue interior trim accents, smoked taillights, and a sportier gauge cluster.

The 2016 Camry comes in four main trims: L, SE, XLE, and XSE with the newest trim to the group being the sporty Special Edition. Every Camry comes standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 178 of horsepower, 170 lb-ft. of torque, front-wheel drive, and a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the XSE and XLE trims can be fitted with a more powerful 3.5-liter, V6 engine that produces 268 of horsepower, 248 lb-ft of torque, front-wheel drive, and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The base LE trim comes standard with automatic headlights, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, heated mirrors, keyless entry, a backup camera, a 6.1-inch Entune touch screen electronics interface, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, voice controls, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, an 8-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar adjustment, Siri Eyes Free, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB/iPod interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player.

The SE adds sport fabric and simulated leather upholstery, advanced gauges, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, unique exterior styling and interior trim elements, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. An Entune Plus Package is available for the LE and SE trims and includes Satellite radio, HD radio, and an upgraded 7 inch touch screen display. A sunroof is optional.

The XSE adds dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather and simulated suede upholstery, sport tuned suspension, LED running lights, heated front seats, satellite radio and HD radio, and a 4-way power passenger seat. A Convenience package for the SE and XSE models and adds keyless ignition/entry and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

The XLE is very similar to the XSE trim, except that it has full leather upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels and a more comfortable suspension. Also, the XLE trim has a wireless charging area for smart phones and a smart key push button start.

Safety features for all trims include- front and rear side airbags, front knee airbags, antilock disc brakes, a Pre-Collision System with Auto High Beams, stability and traction control, and a rearview camera. A Blind Spot Monitor and Warning System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available on the XLE and XSE trims. Adaptive Cruise Control is optional.

The Advanced Technology package adds a pre-collision system that uses the adaptive cruise control sensors and a lane-departure warning system. Optional only on the XLE trim is Safety Connect, which adds automatic collision notification, a stolen-vehicle locator, and an emergency assist button.

From testing, I have found that the 2016 Toyota Camry is a fun to drive, engaging sedan with a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine that provides adequate acceleration and smooth on the road performance. The automatic ECT-I transmission is incredibly responsive and the Eco mode helps to increase fuel efficiency. The XLE trim goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds and yields an estimated 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

The 2016 Toyota Camry has a very comfortable and spacious interior and provides enough head and leg room in the front and rear cabin for taller passengers. The seats are supportive and plush with an ergonomic feel. Audio and climate controls on the center stack are big and are easy to reach, while the larger 7-inch Entune touchscreen interface with audio and navigation is intuitive and user friendly. Trunk space is ample measuring approximately 15.4 cubic feet with plenty of room to haul a variety of mid to large sized items with ease.

On the road, the Camry is a strong performer with responsive handling and has a composed, planted demeanor on busy highways, and when making sharp turns and travelling on curvy roads.

If you have been looking for a modern family sedan with comfortable interior, strong on the road performance, advanced technology, sleek exterior styling, and many features that are usually only available in more expensive luxury vehicles, then I highly recommend taking a look at the 2015 Toyota Camry XLE 4-Door Sedan.  The Camry has a starting MSRP of $23,070 and in my opinion; it is well worth the price.

To find out more about the 2016 Toyota Camry, please visit- http://www.toyota.com/camry/

 

Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Quattro tiptronic SUV (Review)

The 2017 Audi Q7 is definitely a new and sprightlier SUV in practically every way, with a slimmer body, improved technological features, better engine options, and is about 700 lbs. lighter than the 2015 model, increasing fuel efficiency.

After being completely redesigned for 2017, the Q7 also features revised styling, a more spacious interior, a prominent angular grille, and a more wagon-like exterior. Some of the changes seem subtle at first glance, but upon closer evaluation, the new changes can be both seen and felt.

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Although, the Q7 is the largest crossover SUV in the Audi lineup, it is very easy to drive. In fact, it feels just as nimble as a mid-size sedan when making sharp turns and on winding roads, but what really makes the Q7 stand out, is its amazing ability to almost drive itself by recognizing speed limit signs and making adjustments, continuing speed and distance from other vehicles in front of it, consistently staying within its lane, and spontaneously slowing down before turning by utilizing huge amounts of data from cameras and sensors on the SUV.

The Audi Q7 is a luxury 7-passenger, three-row full-size SUV and comes available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.  All Q7’s feature a powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower, 325 lb. ft. of torque, an 8-speed automatic transmission, can tow up to 7,700 lbs., and yields an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is average for this segment.

The Premium trim includes- a panoramic sunroof, three-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, 19-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, xenon headlights, 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, LED running lights and taillights, automatic wipers, a power lift gate, 35/30/35-split second-row folding seats, automatic brakes, front and rear parking sensors, selectable drive modes, driver memory settings, 50/50-split power folding third-row seats, HD and satellite radio, heated 8-way power front seats with driver four-way power lumbar controls, Bluetooth and audio connectivity, two USB ports, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, frontal collision warnings with pedestrian recognition, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7-inch color driver information display, and power-folding heated mirrors. A 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, a handwriting recognition controller pad, and navigation system are optional.

The Premium Plus includes all of the aforementioned features, but adds interior ambient lighting, auto-dimming side mirrors, a navigation system, keyless entry and ignition with hands-free tailgate access, and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

A Vision package which offers a surround-view camera system LED headlights, and a configurable gauge-cluster display is optional as well as a Cold Weather package that adds manual rear window sunshades, heated steering wheel, a four-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, a tow hitch, a rear-seat entertainment system and ventilated 12-way power front seats.

The Prestige trim adds a 19-speaker Bose surround sound system, 20-inch wheels, extra interior lighting, side exit warnings, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a large high-resolution 8.3-inch display.

A Driver Assistance package is available for both the Prestige and Premium Plus trims and adds automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, and lane-departure intervention.

Options exclusively for the Prestige trim include a special Luxury package which adds power door closers, upgraded leather upholstery, 18-way power front seats with massage functions, and a faux-suede headliner as well as an Adaptive Chassis package which adds a night vision camera, a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System, all-wheel steering, and adaptive air suspension.

All 2017 Q7 models come equipped with standard safety features, such as a rearview camera, frontal collision warning, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, front and rear parking sensors, full-length side curtain airbags, automatic braking, and the intuitive Audi Pre-Sense system that senses if the driver is trying to avoid an accident and automatically tightens the seatbelts, prepares the brakes, and closes the sunroof and windows. Audi Connect services, which include emergency assistance, speed and valet alerts, automatic crash notification, and remote door locking are optional.

The interior of the Q7 is quite impressive with high quality materials throughout the cabin with ambient lighting that enhance the vehicle’s luxury appearance. There are many functions on the dashboard and middle console areas, but I found that they are easy to operate by using the MMI controller, steering wheel controls, and a touchpad with handwriting recognition.

The front seats are comfortable, supportive, and have an ergonomic feel. In the second row, there is plenty of head/legroom for taller passengers and the seats recline, slide, and can fold down for easy access to the third row. Similar to the majority of other SUV’s in this segment, the third row seats are best for children and shorter adults and can fold down flat with the push of a button.

Cargo space is average in its class, measuring 14.8 cubic feet when the seats are up, 37.5 cubic feet when the third row is folded down, and a good 71.6 cubic feet when both the second and third rows are flat.

On the road, the 2017 Audi Q7 is amazingly nimble and maneuvers very well in difficult driving conditions and actually drives like a smaller crossover vehicle, such as the Audi Q3. Acceleration is quick due to the powerful V6 engine and the interior cabin is remarkably quiet even at highway speeds.

What I think is most impressive about the Q7 is its ability to do much of the driving in heavy traffic and on long stretches of highway by using a combination of new technologies, such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, navigation information, and forward-looking cameras.

The 2017 Audi Q7 has a starting MSRP of $54,811 for the base model with special features that can be added with various packages.  The Q7 is the perfect blend of performance, luxury, advanced technology, and in my opinion, is one of the best SUV’s Audi has to offer.

To find out more about the new 2017 Audi Q7, please visit- www.audiusa.com

 

 

 

1480530575757Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.