THE SELL: A gorgeous luxury sedan with the stashability of a hatchback. THE TEST: On the interstate, the three-liter, 310-hp supercharged engine, which is mated to an all-wheel-drive system, purred effortlessly along, even up the steeps of Colorado’s Vail Pass. Putting the car into Comfort mode with a simple twist of its master control knob modified the shifting, throttle response, and steering to produce a limo-smooth glide. But it was the rear cargo area, accessed through a giant sloping rear-window hatch, that won me over: fold down the rear seats and the A7 easily holds two road bikes. THE VERDICT: A sophisticated and sporty all-wheel-drive ride with the utility of a wagon. 18 mpg city/28 hwy
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