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Old 18th January 2022, 03:03 PM
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Has anyone here owned an A7 and can offer me their opinion on how a D4 A8 compares to the A7 pls?
I sold my D4 a8 4.2 tdi just over a year ago and now regret it. I now have a 2016 Q7, with lots of goodies, but, I think the a8 has the edge on it.
I now find myself wanting to get rid of the q7 and consider an A7 (13/14 model). I like the fact the a7 has the versatility of the hatch and folding seats.
Any info/opinions welcome.
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Old 18th January 2022, 03:44 PM
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An acquaintance of mine had one for a while. It was nice enough but more like an A6 which I think it is roughly the hatchback version of.
Though a modern A6 is pretty huge - a good mate of mine has one and it's about the same size as my S8, though I think actually taller.
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Old 19th January 2022, 02:40 AM
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HPsause is correct its an A6

i have been looking at A7,s too

this all depends on the engine you select as most have the S-Tronic gearbox

the only one with a proper gearbox is the Bitdi

my advice would be stay clear of the S-Tronic gearbox
if not serviced properly every 40k you could have expensive issues

i see you have a 2016 Q7 with adblue ?
the 2014 A7 is a prefacelift and No adblue

or buy another D4 4.2tdi heres a very low mileage one

https://usedcars.audi.co.uk/usedcar/...er=U&cid=89082

or https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-det...80627?model=A7

lovely spec both have

bare in mind most cars atm are £5000 - ish over priced for the same car for sale in 2020
thats why im waiting as there will be a price crash soon especially with Diesel cars

sell the Q7 and run your D3 tdi for now :-)
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Old 19th January 2022, 06:12 AM
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Thanks Roberto…..

Your last comment has already crossed my mind (sell the q7 and run the D3 until prices come down).

The D3 has 170k miles on it, is only worth £3-£4K I guess, but, on my 240 mile run to work it still pulls like a train and can still rtn approx 40 mpg.
This is why it’s not worth selling…..plus I’d miss the fax machine it has fitted 😂.
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Previous cars
A8 D4 4.2tdi lwb (2011)
A4 cab 3.0 Quattro petrol (2005)
T5 Caravelle exec 2.5 (2006)
A8 D2 3.7 quattro sport (2001)
A8 D3 4.2 quattro (2003)
A6 4.2 quattro avant (1999)
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Old 19th January 2022, 07:44 AM
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When I had a D4 that needed an extended stay in the Audi workshop in 2014 & 2015, I have a number of long term loan cars, including several factory fresh new D4's and also two or three well-speced A7's.

The D4 was my benchmark, the A7 was an A6 with makeup! They were lovely, had lots of toys, but somehow missed the mark a little. The rear seats were compromised, the front felt a less nice place to be than the D4 and road noise was clearly increased, even with twin pain glass (in the front only from memory!). The hatchback was a nice novelty, but actually, the storage space wasn't great as randomly I struggled to get the pram in that fitted fine in the D4 (and gets lost in my Q7 now).

I also had a top-spec A6 allroad, which didn't get as much attention as the A7, but was a far nicer place to be - air suspension, quiet and properly practical... That was the car I was sorry to see go back - showed what could be done with the platform!

I think the A7 was designed to sell and appeal to a certain audience, which no doubt it did - but it wasn't for me
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Old 19th January 2022, 11:06 AM
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I liked my A7, but as has been mentioned, the back seats aren't the most spacious. Wasn't an issue as 90% of the time it was just me in it. The folding rear seats were great for lobbing the bike in the back.

Essentially, it's an A6 sportback, same way A5 is an A4 underneath.

Not as refined as an A8, but still a very pleasant place to be if you have the right spec.
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Old 19th January 2022, 03:42 PM
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When I had a D4 that needed an extended stay in the Audi workshop in 2014 & 2015, I have a number of long term loan cars, including several factory fresh new D4's and also two or three well-speced A7's.

The D4 was my benchmark, the A7 was an A6 with makeup! They were lovely, had lots of toys, but somehow missed the mark a little. The rear seats were compromised, the front felt a less nice place to be than the D4 and road noise was clearly increased, even with twin pain glass (in the front only from memory!). The hatchback was a nice novelty, but actually, the storage space wasn't great as randomly I struggled to get the pram in that fitted fine in the D4 (and gets lost in my Q7 now).

I also had a top-spec A6 allroad, which didn't get as much attention as the A7, but was a far nicer place to be - air suspension, quiet and properly practical... That was the car I was sorry to see go back - showed what could be done with the platform!

I think the A7 was designed to sell and appeal to a certain audience, which no doubt it did - but it wasn't for me
That’s useful info - many thanks.

I think I can see where I’ll end up…..probably back with a D4. I just found the D4 boot much smaller than the d3 boot.
These cars are hard to match……especially now I’ve had a q7 and realise that although it’s very versatile and cavernous…..it’s just not an A8!
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Night blue - 2005 D3 4.2 TDi LWB
My pride and joy - 1991 ur 20v quattro (owned since 2003).
BMW 645 (Need to sell now I have 2 A8s....)
Previous cars
A8 D4 4.2tdi lwb (2011)
A4 cab 3.0 Quattro petrol (2005)
T5 Caravelle exec 2.5 (2006)
A8 D2 3.7 quattro sport (2001)
A8 D3 4.2 quattro (2003)
A6 4.2 quattro avant (1999)
A6 2.8 quattro (1998)
Audi Coupe 2.6E (1993)
Carlton 3.0 GSI
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Old 19th January 2022, 04:55 PM
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I have a similar dilemma, loved my 8's d2/3/4 but didn't love the roofbox (or trailer).

I had high hopes for the Q8, but sadly it just feels a less practical not expensive Q7..... a bit like the A7 is too the to the A6! So sticking with the Q7, as a van, its not bad
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