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2018 vs. 2019 Audi A7: What's the Difference?

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author photo by Eric Brandt November 2018
  • The all-new 2019 Audi A7 has a lower starting price than the 2018 model.

  • The A7 has a slick liftback design, making it more interesting than your average sedan.

  • A new look and advanced technology set the 2019 A7 apart from its predecessor.

Audi has been one of the pioneers of the new look of modern 4-door luxury cars. Whether you call it a sportback, a liftback or a 4-door coupe, the Audi A7 and its competitors like the BMW 6 Series and the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class offer an interesting and stylish alternative to a more traditional luxury sedan.

The A7 got a big update for 2019 upon entering its second generation. It has a new look, a new engine and tons of modern technology to keep it competitive and appealing. Let's take a look at what's new in the 2019 A7.

2018 vs. 2019 Audi A7 exterior

Exterior

The profile of the 2019 A7 isn't much different from the 2018 model. The new one continues the general shape of a liftback sedan with four doors and a sloping rear hatch. It borrows some styling cues from other recently refreshed Audi models like the A8, with a new face with thinner headlights and a bigger grille. Around back, a wide, horizontal tail lamp spans the back of the new A7. Audi makes a lot of conservatively styled cars, but the A7 isn't one of them.

The size of the A7 is unchanged with the new generation. It's both longer and shorter than the A6 sedan, giving it a more athletic stance than its more traditional counterpart.

2018 vs. 2019 Audi A7 interior

Interior

The sporty and luxurious character of the A7 continues on the inside in a nicely crafted interior. The 2019 model takes a good interior and makes it even better with a new design, a new infotainment system and new multi-adjustable front seats available with massaging features.

One interesting detail of the A7 is that it's available with either four or five seats depending on which configuration you choose. Like most luxury cars in this segment, seating is comfortable for four but a bit cramped for five.

2018 vs. 2019 Audi A7 tech

Mechanicals

The 2018 A7 and the 2019 A7 are both powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine, but they make slightly different performance numbers. The 2018 A7 is supercharged, and the 2019 model is turbocharged. In the U.S., the 2018 and 2019 models both come standard with Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, making them excellent all-season luxury cars.

2018 Audi A7 Engine

  • 3.0-liter supercharged V6; 306 horsepower, 325 lb-ft of torque; 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway

2019 Audi A7 Engine

At this time, fuel economy ratings are not available for the 2019 A7. However, the vehicle has a clever mild hybrid system, which uses a 48-volt power system charged by the car's belt-driven alternator that gathers energy while braking. This system assists the car's gas engine to deliver both better fuel economy and better performance, which explains the boost in power and torque ratings for the 2019 model. We're hoping this mild hybrid system will help the 2019 A7 cross the 30 mpg mark on the highway.

2018 vs. 2019 Audi A7 mechanicals

Technology

One of the most notable differences between the 2018 and the 2019 Audi A7 is the infotainment system. The 2018 model had a screen mounted to the dash like a tablet, but the 2019 model tries something different. It's a dual-screen setup with the screens in the center stack aimed up towards the driver to give them a more natural viewing angle. A newly available feature in the A7 is the 12.3-inch digital cockpit, which replaces all of the gauges in front of the driver with one big screen. The whole screen can turn into a map for navigation that is flanked by important info like your speedometer and fuel gauge.

The 2018 and 2019 models are available with a ton of driver-assistance features. Standard features on the 2018 model include blind spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic monitoring. It's upgradable with adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, parking assist and automatic high beams. The 2019 model adds automated emergency braking as standard equipment on all trims.

The 2019 A7 also now offers an adaptive driving assistant on models equipped with adaptive cruise control. An adaptive driving assistant can take over with steering inputs to help keep you in your lane, and it's able to bring the car to a complete stop when the car ahead of you stops and move it again when the car moves, which is nice to have in highway traffic jams. But remember, that doesn't mean the car can drive itself. These tech features are meant to be supplemental to attentive driving.

2018 vs. 2019 Audi A7 pricing

Pricing

The 2019 A7 actually has a lower starting price than the 2018 model. The 2018 A7 has a starting MSRP of $69,700, and the 2019 model starts at an even $68,000. Working your way up the model range can get you in the mid to high $70k range, putting it pretty much in line with its few direct competitors in the luxury car world.

Although the price is lower than last year, the A7 still isn't a cheap car. There are more affordable luxury cars out there that you can get similarly equipped, but few of them can match the blend of luxury, technology, performance and style that the A7 achieves.

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Conclusion

The A7 has always been an interesting luxury cruiser with a unique look, a potent powertrain, a fantastic interior and the versatility of standard AWD. The 2019 A7 takes all of those virtues to the next level with improvements in all the right places and a slightly smaller price tag. If you're looking for a bold and comfortable luxury car that makes a statement without being too flashy, the 2019 Audi A7 is a great choice.

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