The 2019 Audi A7 is all-new for this model year. It’s a premium midsize car with a twist. Integrated into that fastback silhouette is a hatchback instead of a conventional trunk. Should someone prefer to stick with a traditional trunk, they can look at the wonderful and also-new-for-2019 Audi A6, upon which the A7 is based. But there’s more to the A7 than just a different tail. For example, the top A6 trim level has high-definition Matrix-design LED headlights. The corresponding A7 enhances those units with laser light.
And there’s the design. Everyone has their tastes, but we’re willing to bet that the A7 will gather more fans than detractors. A new design chief at Audi, Marc Lichte, has brought in a new era of sharper looking cars. The sleekly handsome A7 appears simultaneously techy and elegant, the sort of car a Silicon Valley executive with an art collection might buy.
Yet it’s also remarkably practical. Cargo space beneath the power-operated hatchback is a generous 24.9 cu ft. with the rear seats in place. For comparison, the new A6’s trunk measures 13.7 cu ft.
One important thing the new A7 and A6 share is a drivetrain that employs a 48-volt mild hybrid system as standard, resulting in a smooth action for the fuel-saving engine stop/start function (which often tends to be intrusive, sending most drivers in search of the "disable" setting). Expect to see a lot more of this feature from Audi and other manufacturers as new models are introduced.
What’s New for 2019?
This model year marks the debut of the A7’s second generation, so pretty much everything is new. Interestingly, Audi now offers a lower entry-level trim, Premium. The 2018 model was only available in Premium Plus and Prestige. See the 2019 Audi A7 models for sale near you
What We Like
- Arguably gorgeous looks
- Impressive handling
- Finely crafted interior
- Practical hatchback trunk
What We Don’t
- More expensive than the A6
- New dual-touchscreen infotainment system needs time to become familiar
- An inch less rear headroom than the A6 sedan
- And 0.4 of an inch less rear legroom (if such things matter)
The 2019 A7 has a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that generates 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It’s enhanced by a 48-volt mild hybrid system fed by a lithium-ion battery. This addition powers the stop/start function and enables a fuel-saving "coasting" feature.
A 7-speed automated transmission directs power to all four wheels (Audi’s quattro system) as standard.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fuel consumption is estimated at 22 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving.
Standard Features & Options
The 2019 Audi A7 comes in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.
The Premium ($68,995) has 19-in alloy wheels, LED headlamps/daytime running lights/taillights, a panoramic sunroof, a powered hands-free lift gate, keyless entry/ignition, adaptive rear spoiler, front/rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers/headlights, Audi’s Drive Select system (featuring adjustments for steering, throttle and transmission responses), variable-ratio steering, leather seating surfaces, tri-zone automatic climate control (including separate rear controls), heated/8-way power-adjustable front seats with 4-way driver lumbar adjustment and driver’s-side memory settings, a power-adjustable tilt/telescope steering wheel, a frameless self-dimming rearview mirror, heated/self-dimming side mirrors, ambient LED cabin lighting, front/rear parking sensors, a universal garage door opener, forward-collision warning, Audi Connect Plus services (including Wi-Fi), Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, a 10-speaker/180-watt audio system, HD/satellite radio, and Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) that includes dual touchscreens (8.8-in and 8.6-in high to low), navigation, voice command function, and four USB ports.
An optional Convenience package for Premium trim includes wireless charging, a phone signal booster, power-folding side mirrors, plus blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and Exit Assist (warning of any approaching hazards when the doors are being opened).
The Premium Plus ($73,395) has the contents of the Convenience package as standard, while adding a 10.1-in upper touchscreen, high-definition Matrix-design LED headlights with washers and automatic high beams, a 360-degree camera system, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit (a 12.3-in configurable digital driver information display), traffic information, and a Bang & Olufsen 705-watt/16-speaker audio upgrade.
This trim is eligible for the Warm Weather package that brings ventilated front seats, powered rear window sunshade, quad-zone automatic climate control and 4-way powered lumbar adjustment for the front passenger.
The Prestige ($77,295) adds a head-up display, HD Matrix-design headlights with laser light, dynamic daytime running lights, powered soft-closing doors, dual-pane acoustic glass, heated/ventilated 12-way power-adjustable front seats, quad-zone climate control, and a powered rear window sunshade.
Both the Premium Plus and Prestige models are eligible for a Driver Assistance package that includes adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist (relieving the driver of some effort during stop/go conditions), Turn Assist (which monitors for oncoming traffic when turning across), active lane-keeping assist, intersection assist and road sign recognition.
These trims may also come with the Individual Contour Seating package that includes 18-way power-adjustable/heated/ventilated/massaging front seats covered with Valcona leather upholstery that also covers the dashboard, plus gray birch wood inlays. And they’re eligible for a lowered sport suspension package.
An adaptive damping suspension with rear-wheel steering can be ordered with Prestige trim, as can 21-in alloy wheels, night vision with pedestrian and large animal detection, and a 19-speaker/1,820-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The extras available for any trim level include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and 20-in alloy wheels.
The A7 comes with stability control and 4-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes, along with six airbags as standard; rear side airbags are optional.
The 2019 A7 has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has put the A7 through its program and awarded the car top scores of Good in all the major categories.
Behind the Wheel
This is another area where the shared equipment with the A6 sedan makes itself felt. But in a good way. The standard suspension delivers comfortable ride quality, but can reveal its sportier, more controlled side when hustled along twisting roads at an entertaining rate. The engine is suitably energetic while retaining an unflappable refinement. And the transmission fires off quick shifts that are barely perceived.
Few automotive interiors are nicer than the A7’s. Materials are superb, fit and finish are exemplary, and practically every touched surface exudes class. The new dual-screen infotainment system has a learning curve, but should be too much of a challenge. The lower screen is able to recognize handwritten inputs, but the system also allows voice commands using natural speech. It even responds to smartphone like pinch-and-zoom and swipe gestures.
Other Cars to Consider
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class — Not a hatchback like the A7, but stylish all the same. A new generation debuts for 2019. A truly superb luxury machine, but the infotainment system isn’t quite as cutting-edge as the A7’s.
2019 Tesla Model S — More expensive, but there’s a ton of money to be saved in fuel bills. On top of that, it’s a joy to drive and look at.
Used Porsche Panamera — Similar in concept to the A7, also has a beautiful cabin, plus a choice of excellent engines to exploit a brilliant chassis.
Although we applaud Audi for providing a more affordable way to own a brand-new A7, we’d still go for the Premium Plus. Not just for the extra standard equipment, but also for the option eligibility. Those driver-assistance features are a must in today’s busy traffic that’s populated by distracted drivers. Good news, the A7 is anticipated to have excellent resale values. Find an Audi A7 for sale