I’ve been with Audi nearly 10 years and when I first sat in the 2012 Audi A7 for our extended drive to the Oregon Coast, a smile came across my face that I just couldn’t hold back. As I adjusted my seat in the A7 I thought back to 2004 when I first drove the B6 A4 and how the heated seats and Xenon headlights were a big deal. Getting situated for the 200 plus miles we would be traveling, I turned on every option in the fully loaded A7 – cooled seats, Adaptive Cruise Control , lane change assist, brake guard, Night Vision , 1,300 watt Bang & Olufsen, full LED headlights and the list goes on and on. Within 10 minutes of driving it was sensory overload – I have said in the past, “abundance isn’t enough” but in the case of a loaded A7, it was more than enough. I shut down all of the innovation package assistance programs and drove the A7 to experience the drive on its own – and all I can say is WOW! Deciding what setting of ADS (Audi Drive Select) to drive with was tough – Comfort, Automatic or Dynamic? Dynamic was the obvious choice but because this A7 was equipped with the sport package I set it to auto to give this Audi a chance to show me how it behaves.
Slowly I started to turn the many options back on starting with the Bluetooth Streaming Audio – I streamed Pandora Radio and it was awesome! Next I input the adaptive cruise control with brake guard and let me tell you first hand what an incredible system this is; both making the drive easier but also adding a level of proactive safety to the trip. I love the drive of the A7 – it is light weight, quick and very fuel efficient – seriously Audi, I don’t know how you managed to create a car that is sporty yet comfortable and ohhh so sexy!!
In addition to the car being fantastic – a trip to the coast is always a great time. This weekend happened to be extremely busy out there with sand castle competitions on Siletz Bay and of course, our reason for heading out there in the first place, Radio Disney at Salishan Resort. If you haven’t been to Salishan on the Oregon Coast you really should go! It is a great spot and just a few minutes outside Lincoln City making it a peaceful retreat with impeccable service and stunning views of the ocean, not to mention an incredible golf course! We had the A7 out there for the Radio Disney event which was a huge success and the weather couldn’t have been better. Anyone who has been out to the Coast knows how unpredictable the weather can be and I have to say this was probably one of the nicest weekends I’ve had out there!
After a great weekend, the drive home was fantastic! I finally became acclimated with all the features of this incredible vehicle and think this is a serious contender for the A8 and A6. We would like to thank Audi Wilsonville for letting us review the A7, Salishan Resort for being such a beautiful destination and always taking great care of us as well as the Tonkin “The Love of Cars”.