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2021 Audi A7 Review

The 2021 Audi A7 is a stylish, practical and engaging twist on the executive sedan formula. That’s because it’s actually not a sedan at all. While it has four doors like its A6 sibling, the A7 is more functional thanks to its large rear hatch. Accessed via a liftback door, the A7’s rear compartment has room for ample cargo and can accommodate longer items by simply folding the seats.

Everything else about this midsize luxury car is exactly what buyers seek from the Audi German luxury brand. All-new just two years ago, the Audi A7 drips with technology, excellent fit and finish, and enjoyable driving manners. A standard turbo V6 and quattro all-wheel drive make the A7 confident and capable. New for 2021 is a plug-in hybrid model for those desiring enhanced efficiency, while drivers with a penchant for power can opt for the high-performance S7 or RS 7 models.

At nearly $70,000 the Audi A7 commands a premium to executive sedans like the A6 or Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but it’s significantly less than a Porsche Panamera, BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and Tesla Model S.

What’s New?

Twenty-inch wheels are standard on the base Premium trim. The Convenience package adds top-view camera and upgraded navigation. Premium Plus trim gains adaptive cruise, lane-keep assist, while the Prestige trim offers 21-inch wheels and adaptive steel suspension. A plug-in hybrid A7 joins the model lineup and has the ability to travel up to 24 miles on electricity alone. See the 2021 Audi A7 models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Attractive, dramatic looks
  • Impressive handling
  • Finely crafted interior
  • Practical liftback design
  • Choice of powertrains
  • Quattro all-wheel drive

What We Don’t

  • Dual-touchscreen infotainment system takes time to master
  • Nearly $70,000 starting price.

How Much?

A7: $69,200-$80,250
S7: $84,400-$90,300
RS 7: $114,000

Fuel Economy

The 2021 Audi A7 55 TFSI comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that generates 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It is supplemented 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 dual-clutch automatic transmission directs power to all four wheels via standard all-wheel drive.

The EPA rates the 22 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in combined driving.

The new A7 55 TFSIe Plug-in Hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a battery-fed electric motor. It makes a combined 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Like the standard A7, it is all-wheel drive and uses a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The EPA rates this model at 68 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and 29 mpg combined. On a full charge, the plug-in hybrid A7 is rated to travel up to 24 miles on electricity alone.

The S7 performance model has a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It sends power to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The EPA rates the 2021 Audi S7 Sportback at 18 mpg city/28 mpg hwy/22 mpg combined.

The even higher-performance Audi RS 7 houses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. It also uses an 8-speed automatic transmission. The EPA has yet to rate the 2021 Audi RS 7.

Standard Features & Options

The 2021 Audi A7 comes in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.

The Premium ($69,200, plus destination) gets upgraded 20-inch wheels for 2021, 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-and-telescopic 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. The Premium also includes lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, auto-dimming and power-folding side-view mirrors and an alarm system.

An optional Convenience package for the Premium trim includes a heated steering wheel, wireless charging, a phone signal booster and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and “Exit Assist,” which warns of any approaching hazards when the doors are being opened. New for 2021, the package also includes a top-view camera system and upgraded navigation.

The Premium Plus ($74,350) has the contents of the Convenience package as standard and adds Audi’s 12.3-in digital cluster known as “Virtual Cockpit.” New for 2021, the Premium Plus A7 is improved with standard adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and lane-keeping assist. Also included are 10.1-in upper touchscreen, high-definition Matrix-design LED headlights with washers and automatic high beams, a 360-degree camera system, traffic information and a Bang & Olufsen 705-watt/16-speaker audio upgrade.

The S line package adds sportier exterior aesthetics, and the Black Optic package gives the A7 darkened elements for a more aggressive tone. The Executive package adds 4-zone climate control, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, and manual rear window shade.

Note that the new Audi A7 Plug-in Hybrid begins at the Premium Plus level but is priced slightly higher at $74,900. It does not include the Convenience package, so to get features like adaptive crusie control and lane-keeping assist you have to add the Executive Package.

The Prestige ($78,350) comes with features from the Executive package, additional driver aids like traffic sign recognition, head-up display, HD Matrix-design headlights with laser light, dynamic daytime running lights, powered soft-closing doors and dual-pane acoustic glass.

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. Then there’s also an available Luxury package, which 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.

The Audi S7 begins at the Premium Plus ($84,400) trim and has similar features as the standard A7 at that trim, and adds S-tuned Audi air suspension. Like the plug-in, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist are obtained with the Executive Package. You can also add blind-spot monitoring, a sport rear differential, and a night-vision assist system.

Finally, the topline Audi RS7 includes RS-specific air suspension, quattro sport rear differential, all-wheel steering, ventilated front seats, Valcona leather, and 21-in wheels. It can be further improved with a ceramic brake package that also raises the top speed to 190 mph, 22-in wheels, massaging front seats, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, night-vision assist, soft-close doors and heated rear seats.

Safety

As standard, the 2021 A7 includes Audi Pre-Sense basic and Audi Pre-Sense front. In plain English, Pre-Sense basic is Audi’s system that is always attuned to a potential crash and prepares the car for such an event by pre-tensioning the seatbelts, closing the windows and flashing the hazard lights at a high rate. Pre-Sense front is the A7’s system to warn of a forward collision and apply the brakes to prevent or lessen damage. The A7 also comes with lane-departure warning.

For 2021, the Premium Plus trim includes adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. It also has blind-spot monitoring, which Audi calls “side assist,” along with rear cross-traffic alert. Additionally, this trim features a 360-degree camera system.

These features are part of option packages for the S7 and RS 7

A7 Prestige is further fitted with an emergency assist system that can bring the car to a stop if the driver becomes incapacitated. It also has the ability to scan intersections for potential vehicles in the car’s path, plus traffic sign recognition.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the A7 top marks in all major crashworthiness categories, earning it one of the Institute’s Top Safety Pick+ awards.

Behind the Wheel

Both the A7 and the A6 on which it’s based offer excellent driving dynamics. 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 turbocharged V6 is suitably energetic while retaining an unflappable refinement, and the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission fires off quick shifts that are barely perceived. But this is what you get when a car is designed to perform at 150 miles per hour on the Autobahn.

Performance is enhanced further in the S7. Whereas a standard A7 is hardly slow with its 5.2-second 0-60 mph time, the S7 does it in just 4.5. Moreover, you also get a sport-tuned air suspension and other upgrades to help wring more out of this performance vehicle.

Buyers with even deeper pockets can delve further into deviance with the RS 7. This screamer does the 0-60 mph benchmark in a blazing 3.5 seconds and comes standard with a sport rear differential. All the tuning upgrades make for serious performance, but be prepared for a stiffer ride quality.

Few automakers do interiors better than Audi. Materials inside the A7 are superb, fit and finish are exemplary and practically every touched surface exudes sophistication. The dual-screen infotainment system has a learning curve, but we expect just about anyone would get the hang of it after a week or so. The lower screen is able to recognize handwritten inputs, but the system also allows voice commands using natural speech. It even responds to pinch-and-zoom and swipe gestures just like your smartphone.

Other Cars to Consider

2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class — Not a hatchback like the A7, but stylish all the same. For 2021 the CLS gets the more sophisticated MBUX infotainment system to better compete with the Audi.

2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe — The 8 Series is positioned above the full-size 7 Series in BMW‘s lineup and is thus more expensive than the A7, which is marketed as a more stylish take on the A6.

2021 Tesla Model S — More expensive, but Tesla’s all-electric car has cutting-edge technology, panache, and autonomous driving features all its own.

Used Porsche Panamera — Similar in concept to the A7, also has a beautiful cabin, plus a choice of excellent engines to take full advantage of a brilliant chassis.

Questions You May Ask

Is the 2021 Audi A7 a good car?

Yes. The A7 is an excellent alternative to an executive sedan thanks to its alluring design and expanded cargo space thanks to its liftback design.

How much is a 2021 Audi A7?

The Audi A7 starts at $69,200, plus destination fees. That price can increase by tens of thousands as you climb trims and add options.

Is the Audi A7 fast?

Yes. The standard A7 with its 335-horsepower turbo V6 does 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Even faster and more powerful models are available in the S7 and RS 7.

Where is the 2021 Audi A7 made?

The Audi A7 is made in Germany at Audi’s factory in Neckarsulm.

Autotrader’s Advice

If you’re already able to spend around $70,000 for Audi’s lovely looking A7 Sportback, we recommend spending a few grand more and getting at least the Premium Plus. It offers more features you’ll appreciate such as adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, a sublime Bang & Olufsen audio system, and upgraded tech such as Audi’s virtual cockpit and top-view camera system. If you have even deeper pockets, you can get extravagant with a Prestige model that has everything from massaging front seats and power-assisted soft-close doors to the ability to come to a stop and warn other drivers should you suffer a medical emergency. Find an Audi A7 for sale

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