2018 Audi A7

Pros: Availability of unique, high-performance RS 7; dazzling styling; high-quality interior materials and assembly

Cons: Fastback body style compromises rear visibility and entry/exit; some testers find Audi’s MMI controls overly complicated

CG Says: The 2018 Audi A7 is little changed. Horsepower for the base A7 3.0T supercharged V6 increases from 333 to 340—the same as last year’s A7 3.0T Competition model. The Competition is no longer a separate model, but is now a package with unique trim, sport suspension, and a special differential. The A7 is a sleeker, 4-door-hatchback version of Audi’s A6 premium midsize sedan. The A7 line also includes V8-powered performance models: the 450-hp S7, 560-hp RS 7, and 605-hp RS 7 Performance. All-wheel drive is standard and all have an 8-speed automatic transmission—except the S7, which has a 7-speed automated-manual. Available features include blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and heated/ventilated front seats. The A7 is visually stunning, inside and out. It’s comfortable to sit in and provides a surprising amount of practicality given its “4-door coupe” body style. Lively and reasonably efficient powertrains further enhance this car’s appeal. Prices seem high, but the sticker price buys a lot of luxury car. Even when well equipped, A7 comes out much less expensive than comparably equipped rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices A7 3.0T Premium Plus: $70,675
A7 3.0T Prestige: $73,375
S7 4.0T Premium Plus: $82,175
S7 4.0T Prestige: $84,125
RS 7 4.0T: $114,875
RS 7 4.0T Performance: $131,675

Base Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (A7)
Horsepower
340
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (S7, RS 7, RS 7 Performance)
Horsepower
450 (560 in RS 7, 605 in RS 7 Performance)
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual (S7)
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic RS 7, RS 7 Performance)
EPA City Range (mpg)
14-16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

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NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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