2018 Audi S7

2018 Audi S7
MSRP range
$81,200 - $83,150
2018 Audi S7


  • Blistering acceleration from V8 engine
  • Hatchback design's expanded cargo space


  • Doesn't offer some of Audi's latest technology features
  • Less headroom than a typical sedan
Audi S7 years

Which S7 does Edmunds recommend?

There's little reason to consider the Prestige trim level unless you yearn for the Bang & Olufsen sound system. Otherwise, just go with the standard Premium Plus. It comes with everything you could otherwise need or desire.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4 / 5

If you scan our "cons" list of Audi's A7, you'll note that "needs more power" is not among them. Far from it, in fact, as the car's strong V6 engine allows it to accelerate to 60 mph in a rapid 4.8 seconds. And yet no one ever complained about adding a twin-turbo V8 with 450 horsepower to a car, and that's exactly what the 2018 Audi S7 gives you. Quite simply, it makes this gorgeous yet practical hatchback-style sedan even more lustworthy.

Besides performance, practicality and beauty, the S7 provides the usual Audi virtue of a stylish and impeccably crafted cabin. It also comes loaded with features. And although Audi's latest tech isn't available, the previous-generation MMI interface is still plenty user-friendly and you still get standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The S7 does suffer from reduced rear headroom due to its sleek roofline, and the back has only two seats. If that's a problem, you could always consider the nearly mechanically identical Audi S6 that also costs considerably less. However, then you'd be giving up the quintessential S7 style.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Audi S7 is a midsize high-performance four-door with a hatchback body style Audi dubs a "Sportback." Unlike the A7, which comes in a five-passenger configuration, the S7 can only be had with a pair of individual rear sport seats. There are two trim levels, Premium Plus and Prestige, both of which come with a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 good for 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.

The Premium Plus trim comes standard with 19-inch wheels, full LED exterior lighting, an adaptive air suspension, a sunroof, a power liftgate, parking sensors, a rearview camera, a blind-spot monitoring system, heated auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, and keyless ignition and entry.

Inside, you get standard four-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats with heating, driver-seat memory settings, diamond-stitched leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a head-up display and Audi's MMI electronics interface (8-inch display, knob controller, touchpad). Also on the list: a navigation system, voice controls, Bluetooth, Audi Connect, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, HD radio and a media player interface.

The Prestige gains 20-inch wheels, high-performance summer tires, LED cabin lighting and soft-closing doors.

On either trim, an available Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning and automatic braking system (Pre Sense Plus), lane departure warning and intervention, and automatic high beams. The S Sport package adds upgraded steering, a sport rear differential and sport exhaust. The Comfort Seating package supplants the standard diamond-stitched sport seats for ventilated front seats with massage and memory settings for both seats. The Cold Weather package adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The 20-inch Black Optic package gets you 20-inch dark-colored wheels and high-gloss black exterior trim. Rear side airbags are a stand-alone option.

Optional for the Prestige only are 21-inch wheels, a night-vision assist system and a Bang & Olufsen sound system upgrade.

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 S7 (turbo 4.0L V8 | 7-speed dual-clutch automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current S7 has received only minor changes. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's S7.


The A7 isn't lacking for speed, but the S7's turbo V8 pumps out 450 hp and makes a pleasing muted growl while doing it. It also handles curves far better than something this large should.


Sneaky fast. The 450-hp 4.0-liter V8 builds power so easily you barely notice the law-breaking speed you've built up, with 60 mph arriving in just 4.2 seconds. The seven-speed automatic is ultra-quick, smart and smooth-shifting.


Pedal travel was longer than expected during testing and normal driving, which made the brakes feel less powerful than they are. Stopped from 60 mph in 110 feet with zero fade — decent but not class-leading. Easy to modulate around town.


Feedback could be better in all steering modes. We appreciated the extra heft and exceedingly quick turn-in of Dynamic mode, but some may feel it's too much.


Despite its length and weight, the S7 is a fantastic handler. Its size made it difficult to place precisely during our slalom test and on super tight back roads, but it's controllable, fun and the all-wheel drive puts the power down sublimely.


Even with so much power and speed on tap, the S7 can be driven like an everyday car. The gas pedal is supple, the transmission doesn't hunt at low speeds, and the suspension doesn't beat you up.


All the sport with all the comfort. The front seats are superb, and the ride is surprisingly compliant for something this serious. The cabin is hushed and the engine never gets obnoxious, even at full throttle. Tall gearing means it's running at a low 1,950 rpm at 70 mph.

Seat comfort

Our test car came with the Comfort Seating package, which trades the standard seats' extra bolstering for cooling and massage. Hours fly by in comfort. There's also less bolstering than with the standard rear sport seats, which makes less sense given that there are only two.

Ride comfort

The ride is never soft, even with the adaptive suspension in Comfort. There's always a degree of stiffness, and pavement ripples cause some cabin jiggling, but it's never harsh and handles big bumps impressively. The Dynamic setting is stiff.

Noise & vibration

Considering the S7's sportiness, the cabin is impressively quiet, with little wind noise, zero suspension "crashing," and the engine stays pretty muted even at full throttle. Only the performance tires get thumpy over road imperfections.


The S7's interior is a nice, impeccably crafted place. It's just that there's less of it than in traditionally designed sedans. Like the Mercedes CLS and BMW Gran Coupe, the S7 has compromised rear headroom due to its coupelike styling.


While the S7 might not be as friendly for people as the Audi S6 and other regular sedans, it betters them when carrying stuff. The deep, highly accessible cargo area is more spacious and versatile than what others offer.

Small-item storage

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 S7 and other luxury sedans. It is a tad narrow, though, and don't count on that hatchback allowing for bigger, bulkier items.


The S7 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.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Audi S7.

Fun S7
don jacobs,02/16/2018
Great all around car....sporty but very flexible....can haul...people or lots of stuff . I have a 2016 A7 and just wanted to try the S7. My biggest complaint is on all cars now ....the auto turn off when you are stopped...You can cancel this feature but the car defaults to it every time you shut the car off.
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Features & Specs

16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 4
7-speed automated manual
450 hp @ 5500 rpm
16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 4
7-speed automated manual
450 hp @ 5500 rpm
See all 2018 Audi S7 features & specs


Our experts’ favorite S7 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 as well.
Rear-Seat Side Airbags
Provides additional protection for outboard rear occupants in case of a side-impact collision.

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More about the 2018 Audi S7

The 2018 Audi S7 could get by on its styling alone. But there's a lot more to this luxury sedan than just looks.

The standard V8 engine is sophisticated but makes tremendous amounts of power. This is a state-of-the-art turbocharged V8 that's just as capable of loafing along at low rpm as it is bursting toward redline. The V8's silken manners almost defy the fact that internal combustion is contained within.

Beating alongside that wonder motor is this Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It's this constantly evolving system's ability to distribute torque to the four wheels that defines the S7's manners and ensures its rapid progress across snowy or low-traction surfaces. Many other makers offer all-wheel drive, but Audi has made it a vivid part of the S7's character.

Big, fast cars, however, need fuel. While the seven-speed automatic transmission can be manually shifted, the EPA-rated fuel economy numbers are only modest. Expect 21 mpg in combined driving (17 city/27 highway).

In significant ways, the S7 is a zoomier version of the S6 sedan. But it's slightly less passenger-friendly due to reduced rear headroom and a two-person-only seating configuration. At the same time, the S7's hatchback cargo area is bigger and more versatile than the traditional trunks of sedan and "four-door coupe" rivals.

The S7 is available in two trim levels. The Premium Plus is extremely well equipped, while the Prestige pretty much opens the door to extra options such as a Bang & Olufsen sound system. One thing to keep in mind is that the S7 features Audi's previous-generation MMI electronics interface that lacks the latest controller and Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster. Nevertheless, this version of MMI still works well and 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 2018 Audi S7 packs a lot of substance inside its stylish bodywork. Use the tools here on Edmunds to help you find the perfect S7 for your garage.

2018 Audi S7 Overview

The 2018 Audi S7 is offered in the following submodels: S7 Sedan. Available styles include Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM), and Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM).

What do people think of the 2018 Audi S7?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Audi S7 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 S7 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2018 S7.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Audi S7 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 S7 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.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5.0


4.5 / 5.0

Acceleration5.0 / 5.0
Braking3.0 / 5.0
Steering4.0 / 5.0
Handling4.5 / 5.0
Drivability4.5 / 5.0


4.5 / 5.0

Seat comfort4.5 / 5.0
Ride comfort3.5 / 5.0
Noise & vibration4.5 / 5.0


4.0 / 5.0

Getting in/getting out2.5 / 5.0
Roominess2.5 / 5.0
Visibility3.5 / 5.0
Quality4.0 / 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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