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Hands on with the Google-Earthy, camera-peeking, concert-seeking 2014 Audi A7 TDI Quattro

John Brandon | May 12, 2014
I was driving to Target in a car that I could trade for a good chunk of the inventory--the $81,395 Audi A7 TDI Quattro. It has a cornucopia of buttons and tech features, and almost every one of them does something cool. Suddenly this ‘honey-do' road trip took on some high-tech potential.

But let's talk about the fees. First, the "Corner View Camera" addition is part of the Driver Assistance Package in the Audi A7, which also includes adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping. It costs $2,800 extra. That's a lot of cash to see parking-lot bumpers up close. For Google Earth and the Info screens, you'll pay $15 per month if you agree to a three-year T-Mobile contract, or $30 on a month-to-month basis. It makes you suddenly appreciate your iPhone's navigation features.

But isn't that all just a rounding error on an $81,395 car? Here's my final answer. The base price of the A7 is just under $65,000. You can go ahead and splurge if you really want the cameras and safety features. If your goal is to merge into traffic faster than a Ford Fusion, and in more style, the base A7 can still do the job.

 

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