2018 Audi A7 Sedan

2018 Audi A7
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MSRP range
$69,700 - $72,400
2018 Audi A7
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Pros

  • Hatchback offers more cargo space than a sedan's trunk
  • V6 engine's strong performance
  • Stunning styling that hasn't aged a bit

Cons

  • Rear headroom can be tight for taller passengers
  • Doesn't offer Audi's latest in-car tech
  • Hefty price premium over comparable Audi A6
  • Firm ride with 20-inch wheels


Which A7 does Edmunds recommend?

There really aren't many make-or-break options available on the A7 since there's only one engine and the upper Prestige trim doesn't add many extra amenities. In other words, you really can't screw up this decision. However, we do recommend opting for the Driver Assistance package and its well-executed driving aids, and we'd urge you to test an A7 with the 19-inch wheels before settling on one with the 20-inchers and/or sport-tuned suspension — you may prefer the standard ride.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

When you're golfing and sink a hole-in-one, there's little need to ask for a mulligan. Indeed, 2018 represents yet another year for the Audi A7 with only the mildest of updates. It's fair to say that Audi got this car right back when it introduced the A7 for 2012. The A7 has not only been a success for Audi, but it has inspired numerous copycats. The A7's fastback roofline is everywhere, from humble compact sedans to fellow luxury models.

The great thing about the A7, though, is that there's more to it than just gorgeous styling. It's actually one of those cars that manages to be both beautiful and practical. That same fastback rear end that does wonders for its looks also conceals a huge hatchback trunk that's far more spacious and accessible than what regular sedans offer. And although the back seat doesn't have as much headroom as those regular sedans, we also wouldn't classify it as squished.

Then there's the matter of its refined driving manners, superb 340-hp V6, impeccably crafted interior and well-stocked features list. And, sure, it's pricier than a comparably equipped A6, but on the other hand, the A7 also undercuts its sedan and coupe rivals by quite a bit. So although no car is an easy choice in this class, the 2018 A7's best-of-many-worlds attributes hold particular appeal.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Audi A7 is a midsize luxury car with a hatchback cargo area (Audi dubs this body style a "Sportback"). There are two trim levels — Premium Plus and Prestige — that both come with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine (340 hp, 325 lb-ft of torque), an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Note that there are higher-performance Audi S7 and Audi RS 7 versions available, which we review separately.

The base Premium Plus trim level comes standard with 19-inch wheels, adjustable drive settings (Audi Drive Select), blind-spot monitoring, Audi Pre Sense Basic (a forward collision warning system), automatic and adaptive LED headlights, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, parking sensors, and keyless ignition and entry.

Inside, you get a sunroof, four-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with heating and driver four-way lumbar and memory settings), leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a rearview camera, the MMI electronics interface (8-inch display, knob controller, touchpad), a navigation system, voice controls, Audi Connect, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and a media player interface.

The Prestige adds ventilated front seats, passenger lumbar adjustment, a head-up display, a corner view parking camera and power-closing doors.

Available on both trim levels is the Competition package, which adds 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a high-performance rear differential, high-gloss black trim pieces, sport seats with upgraded leather, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, and a four-seat cabin configuration with more contoured rear sport seats.

The Cold Weather package adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning and automatic braking system, lane departure warning and intervention, and automatic high beams. The Comfort Seating package (not available with the Competition package) adds upgraded leather and ventilated front seats with massage functionality and extra adjustments. The S line Sport package adds 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, special exterior flourishes and a black headliner.

Other options include rear side airbags and a Black optic package that adds gloss-black 20-inch wheels and exterior trim.

Trim tested

There are typically multiple versions of each vehicle, although many aspects are shared. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Audi A7 Prestige Quattro sedan (supercharged 3.0L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the Audi A7 has received some minor updates, including a bit more power and new smartphone integration functionality. Our findings remain applicable to this 2018 A7.

Driving

4.5
Bigger and more comfortable than a true sport sedan, the A7 is a capable and confidence-inspiring luxury sedan that excels at long-distance cruising and the occasional jaunt along a twisting road.

Acceleration

5
This V6 is a gem of an energetic engine. It's aided by a smart eight-speed automatic and the resolute traction of all-wheel drive. Our test car's zero-to-60 time of 4.8 seconds is staggering and considerably quicker than the class average.

Braking

3
Our tested A7 came to a stop from 60 mph in 119 feet, which is average for a luxury sedan with all-season tires. A7s with summer tires stop in less than 110 feet. The pedal is soft initially, and modulation is easy around town.

Steering

2.5
Steering is good on center and in parking lots, but it's devoid of feel, and its nonlinear effort (regardless of the three Drive Mode Select effort choices) can leave you guessing how much muscle to put into a turn. Difficult to drive smoothly.

Handling

3.5
Extremely capable, with plenty of grip courtesy of its all-wheel drive and optional sport-tuned suspension. Yet, this is a very big car, and you feel it in tight corners. The numb steering reduces driver engagement.

Drivability

4
This is an easy, pleasurable car to drive without foibles. The eight-speed automatic can be too eager to upshift when driving aggressively (even in Dynamic mode), but it is otherwise a smooth operator.

Comfort

5
The A7 is a first-rate road trip car, with nearly every creature comfort you could desire, including supportively firm seats and a cabin so quiet that it verges on over-isolation. A lack of rear-seat headroom is the one area where passengers may find the A7 lacking.

Seat comfort

5
The appropriately bolstered standard seats are firm and supportive, keeping you in place and comfortable. The optional multicontour seats add massage functionality, and the available sport seats provide extra lateral support. In any event, you'll be very comfortable.

Ride comfort

3
The A7 is firmly damped, and our test car's 20-inch wheels and sport suspension result in a ride that is far from plush. Yet, it still absorbs big bumps well and is never jittery or harsh. Perfectly pleasant.

Noise & vibration

5
The double-glazed windows help make the A7 one of the quieter cars you can drive. Gusty wind, normal road noises, obnoxious motorcycle? Barely noticeable.

Interior

4
Impeccably crafted and generally easy to use for a luxury car, but the A7 does suffer for its sleek styling. Getting in and out of the back seat is tricky, while headroom back there is compromised.

Utility

While the A7 might not be as friendly for people as the Audi A6 and other regular sedans, it betters those vehicles when carrying stuff. The deep, highly accessible cargo area is more spacious and versatile than what others offer. You'd have to get a wagon to better it.

Small-item storage

The bins in the doors, forward of the shifter and under the center armrest provide decent space for phones and other objects. Cupholders are on the small side.

Cargo space

The hatchback trunk (24.5 cubic feet) is very accessible and super deep, which is the key differentiator between the A7 and other luxury sedans. It is a tad narrow, though, and don't count on that hatchback allowing for bigger, bulkier items.

Technology

The A7 does not yet offer Audi's latest MMI interface, including the Virtual Cockpit all-digital gauge display. That's OK, though, for as impressive as that system is, the older version in the A7 is still feature-rich and easy to use.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$69,700
MPG
20 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
340 hp @ 5300 rpm
MSRP
$72,400
MPG
20 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
340 hp @ 5300 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite A7 safety features:

Audi Pre Sense Basic
Warns the driver, tensions seat belts, and closes the windows if a potential collision is detected.
Audi Pre Sense Plus
Warns the driver of an imminent front collision and can automatically brake.
Rear Seat Side Airbags
Provides additional protection for rear outboard occupants in case of a side impact.

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More about the 2018 Audi A7

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.

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5.0

Driving

4.5 / 5.0

Acceleration5.0 / 5.0
Braking3.0 / 5.0
Steering2.5 / 5.0
Handling3.5 / 5.0
Drivability4.0 / 5.0

Comfort

5.0 / 5.0

Seat comfort5.0 / 5.0
Ride comfort3.0 / 5.0
Noise & vibration5.0 / 5.0

Interior

4.0 / 5.0

Getting in/getting out2.5 / 5.0
Roominess2.5 / 5.0
Visibility3.5 / 5.0
Quality5.0 / 5.0
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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