2021 Audi RS 7

MSRP range: $114,000
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2021 Audi RS 7 Review

  • Powerful turbocharged V8
  • Hatchback body style provides excellent utility
  • Great balance between comfort and performance
  • Loads of available technology
  • Infotainment system can be distracting to operate
  • Most driver aids must be added as options
  • Limited storage for small items
  • Return of the RS 7 -- last seen for the 2018 model year
  • New turbocharged V8 with 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque
  • More aggressive styling sets it apart from more sedate A7 and S7 models
  • Based on the second A7 generation introduced for 2019

The high-performance luxury sedan isn't exactly a new concept. Models such as the BMW M5 and AMG versions of the Mercedes E-Class have been around for decades. And yet we have to give credit to Audi for putting its own distinctive spin on this class with the new 2021 RS 7. It all starts as an A7, which is Audi's fastback version of the midsize A6 sedan. From there Audi gives it the full RS treatment, including a muscular turbocharged V8 good for 591 horsepower, a specially tuned air suspension, optional carbon-ceramic brakes, and flared fenders covering 21-inch wheels with summer tires.

How well does it all work? Well, the RS 7 can show its taillights to just about anything. And thanks to its standard all-wheel drive, it can deploy most of its considerable power in a variety of conditions. Plus, to paraphrase a line from Steve Carell's character in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, the RS 7's got a big trunk and you can put your bike in it. But, hmm, how much of a buzzkill is the RS 7's dual-screen infotainment system? Read about that and a lot more by checking our Expert Rating below.

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While other sport sedan manufacturers ask if you want fast or comfortable, Audi simply asks, "Why not both?" The Audi RS 7 combines massive speed and performance potential with a compliant ride and a modern, tech-forward interior. And thanks to its hatchback design, it's also tremendously practical. Some buyers might not like Audi's newest infotainment system, but there's very little else to fault in this automotive tour de force.
Getting to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds is fast no matter what kind of car you're driving. But doing it in the 4,800-pound RS 7 makes it that much more incredible. Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, the RS 7 can fully deploy its 591 horsepower from a stop, which only adds to the practicality of its massive performance. And thanks to its broad powerband, the RS 7 is also remarkably relaxing to drive in everyday traffic. Ample passing power is readily available.

Just as incredible as the acceleration is the RS 7's handling. It pulled 1.0 g on our skid pad and out on real roads will likely leave most sports cars in the dust. Our test car had the optional carbon-ceramic brakes, and they hauled it down from 60 mph in just 107 feet and exhibited no fade during a fair bit of enthusiastic driving. The capability of the RS 7 is nothing short of stunning.
You'd be right to assume the RS 7 has driven comfort into the ditch in the name of mondo performance, but you'd be dead wrong. In spite of its 22-inch wheels, the RS 7's optional adaptive air suspension delivers a ride that borders on supple. And as aggressive as the RS seats look, they afford long-haul comfort with supple leather and padding that can almost be described as plush.

Adding to the impressive levels of comfort in the RS 7 is the near utter lack of road or wind noise. Even those aforementioned 22-inch wheels and aggressive summer tires don't make enough noise to disturb the occupants. Our test car was fitted with the optional sport exhaust. But instead of emitting obnoxious pops and bangs, it offered a muffled bassy roar even in its most aggressive setting.
Audi's obsession over well-integrated technology shows up in the new RS 7. The cockpit is low-slung and surrounds its occupants with tightly drawn leather, precision stitching, and one of the most tech-forward interiors in the business. Because the RS 7 is a larger luxury car, four adults can find plenty of space. Only taller rear passengers might want for a bit more headroom.

Curiously, the RS 7's steering wheel is simply too large. While other cars from Audi offer flat-bottom steering wheels, the one in the RS 7 feels huge and either blocks part of the instrument panel or is simply too high when adjusted to clear the display. The RS 7's Virtual Cockpit, Audi's fully digital and reconfigurable instrument panel, can get cluttered with too much, even seemingly unimportant, information. Keeping it simple worked best for us. The climate control screen takes extra glances and extra time to get what you want out of it.
Audi's newest generation of its infotainment interface is front and center. At 10.1 inches, the main screen takes up a sizable chunk of the dashboard. Stylish and crisp graphics make it attractive and fit right in with the RS 7's aesthetic. The system does have a steep learning curve, but it's fairly customizable and reacts quickly to commands. Our only real complaint is, when off, the screens look smudged and full of fingerprints.

The standard audio system is more than adequate but falls a bit short of audio systems in other German luxury cars. There is an optional Bang & Olufsen system that might compare better against its rivals. Wireless Apple CarPlay is a nice feature, but Android users will have to settle for the quick-connecting Bluetooth option. Surround-view cameras with highly accurate parking sensors are standard and much appreciated. We had no issues with the adaptive cruise and lane keeping systems — except that they're optional at this price point.
Remind us again why more people don't buy hatchbacks? The RS 7's 24.9 cubic feet of cargo space makes it eminently practical. And when combined with its low load floor and 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, the RS 7 could easily swallow a bicycle or two. For comparison, the similar hatchback-style Porsche Panamera only manages to offer 17.6 cubic feet of capacity. Coupe-style sedan competitors such as the M8 Gran Coupe and the Mercedes-AMG GT offer even less.

Unfortunately, interior storage isn't nearly as impressive. There's no cubby ahead of the shifter, and the center console bin is shallow. For everyday items, the cupholder will have to do most of the heavy lifting. Got kids? Thanks to wide-opening rear doors and plenty of rear legroom, installing a child safety seat in the RS 7 should be a breeze.
The EPA estimates the RS 7 gets 17 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway). You can expect even less than that if you drive it with some gusto. Over our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route, the RS 7 returned a credible 19.6 mpg. Traffic was particularly light due to the pandemic, but it's still a good indication the RS 7 can match its economy estimates if driven with some restraint.
In a word, yes. Starting at around $115,000, the Audi RS 7 undercuts the BMW M8 Gran Coupe by nearly $15K and the Porsche Panamera Turbo by nearly $40K. Our well-appointed test car was priced around $137,000, and we'd be hard-pressed to explain why its competitors ask for so much more money. The RS 7's build quality is unassailable, and every seam, surface and detail are worthy of the price.

Audi's limited and powertrain warranties are average in terms of length. Roadside assistance is offered for four years with unlimited mileage, but BMW has the edge on the Audi, providing three years of free scheduled maintenance.
To the casual motorist, the Audi RS 7 will look like nothing more than a really long hatchback. But to the discerning enthusiast, the RS 7's flared fenders, big wheels and menacing styling make it look like a wolf in ill-fitting sheep's clothing. The owner, however, will know the RS 7 to be one of the most refined, well-rounded and devastatingly fast performance sedans on the market. And, as a bonus, that hatchback body style adds a big dose of practicality.

Which RS 7 does Edmunds recommend?

The Audi RS 7 doesn't have any trim levels to choose from and comes fairly well equipped as it is. Of the available options and packages, we'd spend our money on the Driver Assistance package for the full-speed adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic assist as well as the sport exhaust and the impressively capable carbon-ceramic brakes.

Audi RS 7 models

The 2021 Audi RS 7 is an ultra-fast sedan powered by a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 (591 horsepower, 590 lb-ft) mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive. Other than choosing a color, only a few options and packages are available. Highlighted standard features include:

RS 7
The RS 7 comes very well equipped from the get-go. Standard features include:

  • 21-inch wheels with summer performance tires
  • Sport-tuned differential for improved traction
  • All-wheel steering (improves high-speed stability and shortens turning radius to ease parking)
  • Sport-tuned adaptive air suspension
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Hands-free cargo hatch
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Keyless entry and ignition

Interior and technology features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front sport seats
  • Power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Digital instrument cluster (Audi Virtual Cockpit)
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Dual touchscreen displays (10.1-inch top and 8.6-inch lower) with navigation
  • Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Wireless charging pad with phone signal booster
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the RS 7 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

The RS 7 is available with a handful of options. These include:

  • Side Assist package
    • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Driver Assistance package
    • Features of the Side Assist package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Audi and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping assist (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • RS 7 Executive package
    • Additional leather trim
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
    • Heated rear seats
    • Soft-close doors (catch as they're being closed and gently pull shut)
  • Individual Contour Seat package
    • Front seats with massaging functions
    • Passenger seat with memory function
    • Upgraded leather seating surfaces
  • Upgraded Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes (improve high-performance braking)
  • Black Optic and Carbon Optic styling packages
  • Sport exhaust
  • Night vision (uses advanced cameras to aid in low-light visibility)
  • Upgraded audio system

Consumer reviews

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Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
15 City / 22 Hwy / 17 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.3 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 591 hp @ N/A rpm
Torque: 590 lb-ft @ N/A rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 197.2 in. / Height: 56.1 in. / Width: 76.8 in.
Curb Weight: 4938 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 24.6 cu.ft.
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Our experts’ favorite RS 7 safety features:

Adaptive Cruise Assist
Adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front.
Audi Active Lane Assist
Warns the driver if he or she deviates from a lane without using a signal. Can also apply steering to help keep the car in the lane.
Side Assist with Rear Cross-Traffic Assist
Warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing.

Audi RS 7 vs. the competition

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Audi RS 7 vs. Audi RS 6

If the practical hatchback body style of the RS 7 isn't practical enough for you, Audi would like to turn your attention to the RS 6 wagon. It has all the same performance of the RS 7 but, as a station wagon, it adds practicality. And because of that wagon body style, you'll score endless cool points with enthusiasts everywhere.

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Audi RS 7 vs. Porsche Panamera

The Porsche Panamera is part sports car, part hatchback and all business. It offers a high level of refinement, great driver engagement and, thanks to its hatchback body style, throws in a little practicality too. But it's far more expensive than the RS 7 and doesn't offer the same amount of cargo capacity or interior room as the Audi.

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Audi RS 7 vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

The AMG GT sedan offers a classic, stylish design with big power and impressive handling. Like the Audi, it also flaunts a comfortable ride with very supportive front seats. But its tech interface isn't the newest Mercedes-Benz has to offer, and both cargo capacity and visibility suffer because of the swoopy styling. The RS 7 offers a quieter interior as well.

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Is the Audi RS 7 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 RS 7 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.5 out of 10. You probably care about Audi RS 7 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the RS 7 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the RS 7 has 24.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi RS 7. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Audi RS 7?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi RS 7:

  • Return of the RS 7 -- last seen for the 2018 model year
  • New turbocharged V8 with 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque
  • More aggressive styling sets it apart from more sedate A7 and S7 models
  • Based on the second A7 generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Audi RS 7 reliable?

To determine whether the Audi RS 7 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the RS 7. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the RS 7's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Audi RS 7 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi RS 7 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 RS 7 and gave it a 8.5 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 RS 7 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi RS 7?

The least-expensive 2021 Audi RS 7 is the 2021 Audi RS 7 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $114,000.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $114,000
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What are the different models of Audi RS 7?

If you're interested in the Audi RS 7, the next question is, which RS 7 model is right for you? RS 7 variants include 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of RS 7 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Audi RS 7

2021 Audi RS 7 Overview

The 2021 Audi RS 7 is offered in the following submodels: RS 7 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Audi RS 7?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi RS 7 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 RS 7.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi RS 7 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 RS 7 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Audi RS 7?

2021 Audi RS 7 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Audi RS 7 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $115,045. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi RS 7 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,762 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,762 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $112,283.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi RS 7 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is 2.4% below the MSRP.

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