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If cars were judged on looks alone, the 2018 Audi A7 would be a best-seller — but they aren't, so it's fortunate there's a lot more to this slick four-door Sportback than its handsome shape. Adrenaline-pumping performance, high-tech features and hatchback practicality put this car at the top of the "four-door-coupe" class, and provide plausible purchase reasons for those who really just want to walk out of their house each morning to find this beauty sitting in the driveway.
Audi hasn't changed the A7 much since its introduction, and that suits us just fine. Though the diesel has been dropped in the wake of the VW/Audi emissions scandal — the less said about that, the better — we're very happy with the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that provides the 2018 A7 with 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. That matches last year's range-topping Competition trim level, which has been replaced by a Competition package available on both the Premium Plus and Prestige trims.
Paired to an eight-speed automatic and Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive, this sweet engine is capable of sending the A7 from zero to 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds, with the supercharger helping to provide near-instantaneous throttle response without the lag associated with turbochargers. That's an impressive feat when you consider that the A7 isn't supposed to be the performance version of this car, a role that falls to the even more powerful S7 and RS 7 variants. In terms of fuel economy, the EPA rates the A7 at 23 mpg combined (20 city/29 highway).
Unfortunately, the driving dynamics don't quite match up to the engine's performance. The A7's heavy weight and large size keep it from feeling like a true sport sedan. And as much as we fiddled with the A7's four driving modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and driver-configurable Individual), none of them could compensate for its lack of steering feel. Overall, it's just not a very engaging car to drive. We recommend sticking with the smaller 19-inch wheels, which give the A7 a suppler ride with no adverse effect on handling.
The A7 has other charms, chief among them the well-designed and solidly constructed interior, which scores points for design, technology and materials quality. And even if it doesn't have Audi's latest tech interface available (no Virtual Cockpit), we still love the array of technology on offer, including standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE data connectivity.
The A7 provides space for five (four with the Competition package), and while legroom is excellent up front and out back, the slick roofline limits rear-seat headroom. Cargo space is excellent, with the big hatch lid allowing unrestricted access to a trunk considerably larger than what's provided by regular sedans. In other words, it's beautiful and practical — what more can you ask for? Well, perhaps a good price on one, which is definitely something you can find on Edmunds.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.