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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Audi A7 ranked #2 in Luxury Large Cars. Currently the Audi A7 has a score of 9.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 6 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

9.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.0
Safety: TBD
Reliability: TBD

2019 Audi A7 Review

The 2019 Audi A7 ranks highly among large luxury cars because of its well-rounded performance, quality interior, and cutting-edge technology.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, powerful, and quiet engine
  • Many high-tech features
  • Elegant interior with high-quality materials
  • Tons of cargo space
  • Limited rear headroom

Is the Audi A7 a Good Car?

Fully redesigned for 2019, this newest version of the A7 is a great luxury large car. Its engine provides plenty of gusto for most driving situations, and its poised handling helps make it a worthy long-haul cruiser. The A7's totally revamped interior features a sleek new infotainment system, high-end design, and comfortable seats, while its cargo area is among the largest in the class. However, second-row headroom for taller passengers is a little tight.

Should I Buy the Audi A7?

The 2019 A7 offers refined driving dynamics and a luxurious interior, making it a great choice for large-luxury-sedan shoppers. Still, considering its nearly $70,000 starting price tag, you probably want to consider all your options. The Mercedes-Benz CLS is a similarly priced luxury large car that stacks up well against the A7. The BMW 6 Series is a good car that offers more engine options than the A7, though both the Audi and Mercedes are better vehicles overall.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi A7?

Like the 2019 Audi A6 and A8, the new Audi A7 is fully redesigned. In addition to a revamped appearance inside and out, the A7 receives Audi's new infotainment system. This interface replaces the physical control knob and single screen of the old MMI setup with two brilliant display screens that bring touch capacity to an Audi for the first time.

The 2019 A7 launches with just one engine choice: a 335-horsepower turbocharged V6. Performance enthusiasts will have to wait for the release of additional powertrain options or high-performance models like the S7 and RS 7, or look for a used model from the previous generation.

You can likely save thousands of dollars by purchasing a used model instead of a new one, but you'll miss out on the benefits of this new A7 generation. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 and 2018 A7 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 6 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed six Audi A7 reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 A7 is the right new car for you.

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How Much Does the Audi A7 Cost?

The redesigned 2019 Audi A7 starts at $68,000, which puts it among the higher priced vehicles in this class. The Mercedes-Benz CLS retails for $69,200, while the BMW 6 Series starts at about $70,000.

The A7 has two higher trim levels that raise its price by several thousand dollars and give you more interior features. A well-optioned A7 Prestige will run you about $87,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

Audi A7 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi A7 or Mercedes-Benz CLS?

Like the A7, the Mercedes-Benz CLS is fully redesigned for 2019. Overall performance is similar between these two large luxury cars – each prioritizes a comfortable ride over engaging handling, and neither wants for engine power. The A7 has only one available powertrain, however, while the CLS comes with one of two turbocharged six-cylinders. Additionally, the Mercedes' base engine delivers better fuel economy than the Audi's. Inside, both cars have tons of high-end materials. You'll get much more cargo space with the A7, though, and its back seat is a little roomier. With similar starting prices, deciding between these two rivals may come down to your personal preference.

Which Is Better: Audi A7 or BMW 6 Series?

Though it's a good car, the BMW 6 Series ranks in the bottom half of this class. This BMW's base engine feels a little underwhelming, and the 6 Series lacks the athletic handling you might expect from a BMW. Both cars have a pleasant, well-appointed interior, but the A7 comes out on top for everyday utility. It has a larger cargo hold than the 6 Series and features standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Apple CarPlay is optional in the BMW, while Android Auto isn't even available. You'll get more bang for your buck and a better overall car by choosing the A7.

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A7 Interior

How Many People Does the A7 Seat?

The Audi A7 seats five people. Standard features like power seat adjustments and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel make it easy to find a comfortable position in the front seats. Standard heated front seats keep you toasty, and you can upgrade to ventilated, 12- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats with massaging function. Heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are also available.

Rear-seat passengers, even taller ones, should have enough legroom to stretch out in the A7, even with the front seats pushed noticeably back. However, the car's fastback design and sloping roof impedes second-row headroom.

A7 and Car Seats

The A7 has two complete sets of second-row LATCH car-seat connections. The A7's LATCH system hasn't been evaluated for its ease of use.

A7 Interior Quality

The 2019 A7 has a refined, yet minimalist cabin. It's not as in-your-face opulent as what you might find in a Mercedes, but it still hits the mark for what a luxury car should be. There's the expected standard leather seats and wood trim pieces, along with optional premium Valcona leather upholstery. You can make the car even swankier with a package that wraps most interior surfaces – like the dashboard, door armrests, and center console – in leather. Audi's new dual-screen infotainment system also gives the whole cabin a sleek and futuristic appearance.

A7 Cargo Space

The A7's pseudo-hatchback design gives it a leg up when it comes to cargo space. You'll get just about 25 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which is among the best in the class. Laying down the 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seats opens up a lot more room. The cargo hold is kind of shallow, but it's also long. A hands-free power liftgate comes standard.

A7 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Along with other recently redesigned models – the A6 and A8 – and new models like the Q8, the 2019 A7 features Audi's all-new infotainment setup. These cars now boast a dual touch-screen interface, which replaces the single screen and rotary controller of the old MMI system. The base model has an 8.8-inch upper screen, while other trims feature a brilliant 10.1-inch display. This screen is embedded in the dash directly to the right of the steering wheel. It flows seamlessly with the cabin design lines and is in a natural line of sight for the driver. Here you'll find common functions like audio controls and navigation, as well as standard smartphone support via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. All trims have a lower 8.6-inch screen that controls climate and seat comfort adjustments. It also has handwriting recognition, which makes it easy to input navigation destinations.

Both screens utilize haptic touch and provide audio feedback for double confirmation when you click a virtual button. The system is responsive and generally easy to use. Though nearly all the car's functions are controlled through digital menus, Audi wisely kept a traditional volume knob.

Optional features include four-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, and a 16- or 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. The optional 12.3-inch virtual cockpit driver information display replaces a traditional gauge cluster. You can also transfer functions like navigation from the infotainment screen to the virtual cockpit for easier driver viewing.

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A7 Performance

A7 Engine: Strong and Steady Power

Under the hood of every 2019 A7 is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that's good for 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It delivers refined power and smooth acceleration throughout the rev range. You'll be able to take off quickly from a stop and easily get up to passing speed. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission runs through the gears with gusto. Its shifts are snappy and precise.

A7 Gas Mileage: Better Than Most

The 2019 Audi A7 gets solid fuel economy estimates for a luxury large car: 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those are better numbers than the BMW 6 Series, which only gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The Mercedes-Benz CLS beats both cars, and most of the class, thanks to its 24/31 mpg city/highway rating.

A7 Ride and Handling: Nice and Balanced

The A7 rides smoothly over most surfaces, easily dispatching bumps and potholes in the road and shielding its occupants from most outside wind and road noise. It is poised through corners, with little body lean. The A7 isn’t as athletic as some large luxury cars, though, lacking ample steering feel and feedback.

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A7 Reliability

Is the Audi A7 Reliable?

As of this writing, the 2019 Audi A7 doesn't have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Audi A7 Warranty

Audi covers the A7 with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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A7 Safety

A7 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the 2019 A7.

A7 Safety Features

The 2019 Audi A7 comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and Audi Pre Sense City, which consists of forward collision warning, pedestrian and bicyclist detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Available active safety technologies include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, Audi Pre Sense Rear (which takes preventative safety measures if it senses an impending crash from the rear), a surround-view camera, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a head-up display, night vision assistant with pedestrian detection, and Intersection Assistant. Intersection Assistant warns the driver when it detects vehicles approaching from the side as you move through an intersection.

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Which Audi A7 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Audi A7 comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. All models feature a turbocharged V6 engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

The well-equipped base A7 Premium model has heated leather seats, driver assistance features like automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, as well as a new dual-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It's a solid pick. However, if you can afford a few thousand dollars more, consider the midrange Premium Plus model. This trim features the virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster, additional active safety features, and a larger display that replaces the upper infotainment screen.

Audi A7 Premium

The 2019 Audi A7 Premium starts at $68,000. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated and eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, and a 7-inch driver information display. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, pedestrian and bicyclist detection, and automatic emergency braking.

The standard touch-screen infotainment system includes an 8.8-inch upper display, an 8.6-inch lower display, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

The $600 Cold Weather package adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. For $850, the Convenience package comes with wireless device charging, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Audi Pre Sense Rear.

Audi A7 Premium Plus

The A7 Premium Plus retails for $72,400. This trim adds a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display, a 10.1-inch upper touch screen, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, wireless device charging, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view camera, and automatic high beams.

In addition to the Cold Weather package, several other option bundles are available. The Warm Weather package costs $1,500 and comes with four-zone automatic climate control, rear sunshades, and ventilated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats. The $2,750 Driver Assistance package includes adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and intersection assistant.

The S Line package adds a sportier exterior appearance and a lowered sport suspension. The Individual Contour Seating package comes with Valcona leather upholstery, leather-wrapped interior pieces, and heated, ventilated, 18-way power-adjustable front seats with massaging function.

Audi A7 Prestige

The $76,300 Audi A7 Prestige includes a head-up display, power soft-closing doors, four-zone automatic climate control, a power rear-windshield sunshade, and ventilated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats.

The Cold Weather, S Line, Driver Assistance, and Individual Contour Seating packages are optional with this trim. A 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system costs $4,900, and night vision assistant with pedestrian detection costs $2,500.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Audi A7 is an excellent car that blends daily-driver-worthy performance with a high-class interior and plenty of cabin and cargo space. You'll be hard-pressed to find a luxury large car that can top the A7.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "There are other rival four-door luxury coupés of this size and prestige on the market — most notably the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Porsche Panamera, both equally brilliant products. This niche genre is tricky to master as the GT coupé buyer needs to be impressed with both the sporting looks and space and comfort. The A7 has achieved these aims. The design is so precise; every element has been meticulously studied yet the finished product feels modest, possibly even a little reserved yet with just that little touch of unexpected theatre delivered in a very technical Audi way." -- Forbes
  • "From an engineering point of view, pretty much everything has changed with the new A7. Yet, as an ownership proposition, it feels very close to its predecessor: incrementally better and certainly smarter, but with its priorities clearly in the same place. It is fast, secure, handsome, and an exceptionally nice place to spend time. … The new version has a lower starting price—the range now kicks off at $68,995—and more standard equipment. … There are no surprises here, but there is excellence." -- Car and Driver
  • "Like its forebearer, the new 2019 Audi A7's styling and fastback configuration won't be for everyone. Its various trims, which will range between $68,000 and $73,600 (before options and $995 delivery) when it arrives this fall, will thin its herd of suitors even further. But as has been true since the first A7 bowed here in 2012, this new generation remains a paragon of grand-touring performance, poshness and style for those in the know." -- CNET
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