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2021 Audi A7 Review

The 2021 Audi A7 ranks at the top of the luxury large car class because of its high-end cabin, ample cargo space, poised ride and handling, strong engine performance, and good predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Brawny engine lineup
  • Poised ride and handling
  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • First-rate cabin materials
  • Distracting touch-screen controls

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Audi A7's #1 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Large Cars category. Currently the Audi A7 has a score of 8.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 13 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.8
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.7 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Audi A7 a Good Car?

Yes, the 2021 Audi A7 is a great car. The A7 has a dazzling interior with top-notch materials, comfy seats, and a large hatchback cargo area. It rides smoothly over rough pavement yet still feels spry and agile around turns. Audi offers the A7 with a range of powerful yet fuel-efficient engines. Better still, the A7 rates well for predicted reliability, and it’s packed with advanced safety features.

Drawbacks are few and far between, but it is worth noting that the A7’s dual-screen infotainment system can be a little distracting.

Why You Can Trust Us: 13 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 13 Audi A7 reviews, as well as data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2021 A7 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Audi A7?

You should definitely consider the Audi A7 if you’re shopping for a luxury large car, especially if you’re looking for everyday practicality. The A7 offers just about everything you could want from a luxury sedan, along with the cargo-hauling capability of a small luxury SUV. It’s a best-of-both-worlds scenario.

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2020 vs. 2021 Audi A7: What's the Difference?

There is one big difference between the 2020 and 2021 A7. Audi adds a 591-horsepower RS 7 variant to the lineup for 2021. By comparison, the 2020 model was available in 335-horsepower A7 and 444-horsepower S7 variants only.

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Here are the key changes for the Audi A7 over the last few years:

  • 2019: fully redesigned (start of second generation)
  • 2020: 444-horsepower S7 model added
  • 2021: 591-horsepower RS 7 model arrives

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 A7, 2019 A7, and 2020 A7 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Audi A7 Cost?

The 2021 Audi A7 costs $69,200 in its base trim, making it one of the priciest vehicles in the luxury large car class. Upgrade to the sportier S7 model, and the price rises to $84,400. The high-performance RS 7 model retails for $114,000.

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Audi A7 Versus the Competition

Audi A7 vs. Audi A6

The Audi A7 is essentially a hatchback version of the Audi A6. The two are similar in size and offer the same V6 and V8 engines, safety features, and dual-screen infotainment systems, as well as many of the same styling elements inside and out. Both cars are a joy to drive, and they have some of the nicest cabin materials in their respective classes. Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with either car, but there are a few differences to consider. The A6 sedan has a lower starting price than the A7 by about $14,000, and it comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that nets better fuel ecomomy. On the other hand, the A7 is a much better cargo hauler thanks to its liftback design.

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Audi A7 vs. Audi A5

The Audi A5 hatchback offers much of the A7’s appeal, albeit in a smaller and less expensive package. The A5 is athletic and fun to drive on winding roads, but it’s still civilized over big bumps and potholes. It’s available with many of the same engine options as the A7, as well as the same convenience and safety features. The overall styling and interior quality is comparable as well. The key differences have to do with back-seat space, the control layout, and pricing. The A7 has a roomier back seat, but the A5 has simpler infotainment controls and a substantially lower $43,000 starting price.

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A7 Interior: Posh and Practical

A7 Cargo Space

The Audi A7 has 24.9 cubic feet of cargo space beneath its rear liftgate. The rear seats can fold flat to accommodate bulkier items, like a pair of bicycles or a coffee table. That’s more cargo space than any other luxury large car, and it’s on par with even pricier vehicles like the Porsche Panamera.

How Many People Does the A7 Seat?

The Audi A7 is a four-door hatchback with five seats. The front seats are supportive and nicely cushioned, and there’s ample head- and legroom up front, even for taller occupants. The driving position is comfortable as well, and visibility is good in all directions. The rear seats are cushy, and there’s plenty of rear legroom for adults, but rear headroom is snug because of the cascading roofline.

Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Available seating features include sport seats with larger side bolsters, ventilated and massaging front seats, and heated rear seats.

A7 and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the A7’s rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

A7 Interior Quality

The A7 has an outstanding interior that manages to look modern and elegant without verging on showy. Many surfaces are trimmed with high-end materials like brushed metal, wood, leather, and soft-touch plastic. There isn’t much wind or road noise intrusion at higher speeds either.

A7 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Audi A7 is equipped with a futuristic dual touch-screen infotainment system. It includes an 8.8-inch touch screen in the center of the dashboard and an 8.6-inch touch screen directly below it. The upper screen controls the navigation, radio, and smartphone integration apps like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the lower screen adjusts the climate controls and vehicle settings. Higher trim levels trade the standard 8.8-inch display for a 10.1-inch unit.

This system has its perks and drawbacks. On the upside, the icons are large and easy to see, the screens respond promptly to inputs, and the menus are straightforward. Both screens also have haptic feedback – a subtle vibration felt at the fingertip – so you can tell if the system detected your tap or swipe. On the downside, this system requires more attention from the driver than Audi’s traditional knob-based control layout, as well as infotainment systems offered in the Genesis G90 and Mercedes-Benz CLS.

  • Standard infotainment features: 8.8-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower touch screens, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: a 10.1-inch upper touch screen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster (Audi Virtual Cockpit), 16- and 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereos, and wireless device charging
  • Additional standard features: keyless entry, push-button start, a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, and a sunroof
  • Other available features: power soft-closing doors, quad-zone automatic climate control, and rear sunshades

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A7 Performance: Speed and Sophistication

A7 Engine

The Audi A7 is equipped with a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system are standard. This powertrain feels stout and eagerly hustles the A7 around town and up to highway speeds. Zero to 60 mph takes just 5.2 seconds. Throttle response is snappy, and the transmission provides smooth gear changes. There’s also a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that acts as a starter motor and an alternator, and it operates seamlessly in the background.

The Audi S7 has a 444-horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. This setup gives the Audi a sportier feel, and it slices its zero-to-60 time to just 4.5 seconds.

Opt for the Audi RS 7 if you truly want ballistic speed and a racy exhaust note. The RS 7 is equipped with a 591-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Going from zero to 60 mph is achieved in just 3.5 seconds.

A7 Gas Mileage

The Audi A7 gets good fuel economy for a luxury large car. The A7 gets an EPA-rated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The S7 returns 18/28 mpg city/highway. At the time of writing, EPA estimates are not available for the RS 7.

A7 Ride and Handling

The Audi A7 has exceptional driving dynamics. It feels agile and composed, even on tight switchback roads. The steering is crisp and responsive, and the large brakes slow down the A7 assertively. The suspension does a nice job of soaking up bumps and dips in the road, especially in models with the standard 20-inch wheels. The optional air suspension improves ride comfort further, and it even takes the sting out of rough pavement in models with the 21- and 22-inch wheels. Overall, the A7 is entertaining to drive when you want to hustle, and it’s still comfy and relaxing when you don’t.

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A7 Reliability

Is the Audi A7 Reliable?

The 2021 Audi A7 has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

Audi A7 Warranty

Audi covers the A7 with a four-year/50,000-mile limited 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 2021 A7.

A7 Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Available advanced safety features:

  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Head-up display
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Night vision camera system

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A7 Dimensions and Weight

The 2021 Audi A7 is 16.4 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 4,332 to 4,938 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Audi A7 Built?

Audi builds the 2021 A7 in Germany.

Which Audi A7 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Audi A7 comes in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims. The Audi S7 variant comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims, while the Audi RS 7 comes in one trim level.

There are two key factors to consider when choosing a model: engine performance and feature availability. All A7 models are equipped with a 335-horsepower V6 engine, all S7 models have a 444-horsepower V6, and the RS 7 has a 591-horsepower V8. In regard to features, the Premium and Premium Plus trims are fairly well-equipped with convenience and safety features, and the Prestige trims are almost fully loaded.

We think the entry-level A7 Premium trim is the best choice for most shoppers, thanks to its mix of performance and features for the price.

Audi A7 Premium

The Audi A7 Premium has a $69,200 starting price. Standard tech features include an 8.8-inch upper touch screen, an 8.6-inch lower touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, 10 speakers, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. Other standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, keyless entry, a power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and LED headlights with automatic high beams.

A Convenience package is available for $950, and it includes blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, wireless device charging, and a heated steering wheel.

Audi A7 Premium Plus

The A7 Premium Plus has a starting MSRP of $74,350. It gains adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a 10.1-inch upper touch screen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, and the contents of the Convenience package.

Available upgrades include a $1,550 Black Optic package with black wheels and exterior accents, a $1,250 S line package that includes a lowered suspension and S line badges, and a $2,000 Executive package, which comes with quad-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and rear sunshades.

Audi A7 Prestige

The A7 Prestige trim costs $78,350. This trim adds a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, power soft-closing doors, and the contents of the Executive package.

Options include the Black Optic and S line packages, as well as a night vision camera system ($2,500) and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo ($4,900). Also available is a $3,000 Luxury package that includes massaging front seats and extended leather upholstery and a $2,500 Advanced Chassis package, which comes with an adaptive suspension and four-wheel steering.

Audi S7 Premium Plus

The S7 Premium Plus has a starting MSRP of $84,400. In addition to the A7 Premium trim’s standard features, this trim gains an adaptive suspension, 21-inch wheels, a surround-view parking camera system, wireless device charging, a digital gauge cluster, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, quad-zone automatic climate control, and a heated steering wheel. Most options carry over from the A7 trims but not always in the same package or at the same price.

Audi S7 Prestige

The S7 Prestige starts at $90,300. This trim adds heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, and power soft-closing doors.

Audi RS 7

The RS 7 costs a whopping $114,000. In addition to the S7 Premium Plus’ standard features, this trim gains four-wheel steering, a limited-slip rear differential, and ventilated front seats.

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The Final Call                 

The Audi A7 is a home run. This sleek hatchback is dressed to the nines, it has airy seating space and a large cargo area, and it’s packed with advanced technology. The A7 is a joy to drive fast and feels balanced through turns, and it also rewards occupants with a cushioned ride when the road gets rough. Excellent fuel economy and a good predicted reliability rating only add to this Audi’s accolades. No matter what you’re looking for in a luxury large car, there’s a good chance the A7 delivers it.

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

  • "The 2021 Audi A7 is a stylish, practical and engaging twist on the executive sedan formula. … Accessed via a liftback door, the A7’s rear compartment has room for ample cargo and can accommodate longer items by simply folding the seats. Everything else about this midsize luxury car is exactly what buyers seek from the Audi German luxury brand. All-new just two years ago, the Audi A7 drips with technology, excellent fit and finish, and enjoyable driving manners." -- Autotrader
  • "The A7 is the epitome of luxury and versatility, with a thoroughly sophisticated personality and practical hatchback body style. Based on the more conventional Audi A6 sedan, this sleeker alternative uses the same elegant and high-tech interior. … Along with the ability to engage its driver when the road gets twisty, this fastback four-door has a hushed cabin that virtually mutes any outside commotion. While its styling could be more expressive, and its cool-looking infotainment system can be distracting, the 2020 A7 is a non-traditional luxury car that delivers traditional Audi excellence." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "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 (2019)
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