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2020 Audi A7 Review

The 2020 Audi A7 slots in near the top of our luxury large car rankings. This German sedan does everything well. It's powerful and composed, with a great interior and lots of features.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Cushioned ride
  • Easy-to-use tech features
  • Plenty of room for people and cargo
  • One of the most expensive cars in the class

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Audi A7's #1 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Large Cars category. Currently the Audi A7 has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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Is the Audi A7 a Good Car?

Yes, the Audi A7 is a good car. In fact, it's hard to pinpoint any weaknesses in the A7. It comes standard with a powerful V6 engine and offers a performance-oriented variant. It handles well, and the suspension soaks up road imperfections easily. Inside, there are two rows of spacious, comfortable seats and a large cargo hold, and it has plenty of user-friendly tech features.

Should I Buy the Audi A7?

There's no getting around the A7's price tag, which is one of the highest in the luxury large car class, but if it's in your budget, you should buy this car. As mentioned above, it's difficult to find any flaws in this Audi without nitpicking. That said, there are some truly excellent luxury sedans out there, so A7 shoppers may also want to check out the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Genesis G90.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi A7?

There's not a lot that separates the 2020 A7 from the redesigned 2019 model, and while 2018 and older A7s scored well in our rankings, they are fairly different from the redesigned models.

The fully redesigned 2019 A7 received updated interior and exterior styling. It also gained Audi's new infotainment system. This interface replaces the physical control knob and single screen of the previous MMI setup with two brilliant touch-screen displays. The 2019 A7 and S7 received new engines, though their horsepower ratings changed only slightly from the 2018 models.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 A7, 2018 A7, and 2019 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 vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This 2020 A7 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. Our car reviews are objective. To keep them that way, our editorial staff doesn’t accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party handles all the advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Audi A7 Cost?

The A7 carries a base price of $69,000, making it one of the most expensive cars in the class. At the top of the A7 ladder sits the Prestige trim, which starts at $79,700. That's a middle-of-the-pack price for the top trim of a luxury large sedan, and the Prestige isn't even the most-expensive A7 model. That honor belongs to the Audi S7, which is the A7's performance-oriented variant. The base S7 Premium Plus starts at $83,900, while the S7 Prestige starts at $89,500. Few class rivals have any models at that price point.

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Audi A7 Versus the Competition

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

The Mercedes-Benz CLS doesn't place as highly as the A7 in our luxury large car rankings, but it's still a fine vehicle. Both of these cars have powerful engines and prioritize a comfortable ride over engaging handling. Inside, both cars feature an abundance of high-end materials. You'll get much more cargo space with the A7, though, and its back seat is a little roomier than the CLS’.

Which Is Better: Audi A7 or Genesis G90?

The Genesis G90 is one of the A7's top challengers in our rankings, but the Audi still edges it out. The G90 has powerful V6 and V8 engine options, supple seats, and easy-to-use technology. Both of these sedans deliver comfortable rides, but the A7 gets much better fuel economy ratings than the G90. The Genesis has more tech features and cargo space than the Audi, but it doesn't have any performance-oriented variants to match the S7.

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A7 Interior

How Many People Does the A7 Seat?

The A7 seats five people. Front-row occupants enjoy spacious, supportive seats. The driver will appreciate this car’s stellar visibility, as well as how easy it is to find a suitable driving position. The rear seats have ample head- and legroom for adults, but you may not want to put three people back there.

A7 and Child Car Seats

The A7 has two complete sets of LATCH connections for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system its top rating of Good for ease of use. The anchors are easy to use and can’t be confused with other hardware.

A7 Interior Quality

This Audi sedan provides the posh interior you expect in a high-end luxury vehicle. The cabin is sleek and attractive, and there are top-notch materials everywhere you turn.

A7 Cargo Space

Few class rivals provide as much cargo room as this Audi, owing to its liftback (hatchback) design. It gives you 24.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. That's enough room for golf clubs or the family's vacation luggage. The rear seats fold down as well, giving you the ability to haul bulkier items.

A7 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, and the MMI infotainment system with an 8.8-inch upper touch screen for infotainment and other primary controls and an 8.6-inch lower touch screen for climate and secondary controls. A 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, navigation, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay also come standard.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a digital gauge cluster (Audi's Virtual Cockpit), 16- and 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio systems, a 10.1-inch upper touch screen, and wireless device charging.

After some initial time getting familiar with the dual-screen interface, you'll find that it's straightforward and easy to use. The screens respond well to inputs, and both haptic feedback and audio cues confirm when you click a virtual button. Aside from a volume knob, there are few physical controls.

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A7 Performance

A7 Engine: Plenty of Hustle

You have two powertrain options with the A7. The standard A7 features a 335-horsepower V6 engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Or you can opt for the performance-tuned S7 model, which comes with a 444-horsepower V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

With both setups, you'll find that this Audi feels energetic when you hit the gas pedal. There's no shortage of power, regardless of the driving situations you might encounter. The A7 accelerates quickly, but the S7 takes it to a different level. It darts from zero to 60 mph about three-quarters of a second quicker than the A7 (4.5 seconds versus 5.2 seconds).

A7 Gas Mileage: Among the Best

This Audi sedan gets fuel economy ratings that few rivals can match: 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The S7 isn't quite as fuel-efficient. It gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

A7 Ride and Handling: Both Impressive

Sure, the A7 is no sports car, but it won't force you to shy away from winding roads, either. This Audi has composed handling, and it feels stable around turns. It also delivers a comfortable ride, even over rough roads.

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A7 Reliability

Is the Audi A7 Reliable?
The 2020 Audi A7 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five 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

The 2020 A7 earned the highest rating of Good in all six tests and was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Headlight ratings depend on the trim. The Premium and Premium plus trims received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well they illuminate the road ahead, while Prestige trims received the worst rating of Poor. For its standard front crash prevention features, the A7 earned the top rating of Superior.

At the time of writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2020 A7.

A7 Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features in the A7 include Audi Pre Sense Basic, which prepares occupants for an imminent forward collision by tightening the seat belts and rolling up the windows, and Audi Pre Sense Front, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. Front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are also standard.

Available active safety features include a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, rear cross traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and vehicle exit warning, which helps you avoid opening your car door when traffic is approaching.

Audi Side Assist (blind spot monitoring), Audi Pre Sense Rear (it’s like Pre Sense Basic but for collisions from the rear), and intersection assistant are also available. Intersection assistant warns you if it detects cars approaching from the side as you move through an intersection.

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A7 Dimensions and Weight

The A7 is 16.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,332 to 4,597 pounds.

Where Is the Audi A7 Built?

Audi builds the 2020 A7 in Germany.

Which Audi A7 Model Is Right for Me?

The Audi A7 comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The performance-oriented S7 comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims.

While the base A7 comes well-equipped, most shoppers should look to the Premium Plus trim for the best value. It comes with additional features, and it offers technology that's not available in the Premium trim.

The S7 has some performance features the A7 doesn't, but from a comfort and convenience standpoint, it's similarly equipped. In other words, there's not much reason to opt for the S7 unless you want the stronger engine.

Audi A7 Premium

The A7 Premium sports a base price of $69,000. It comes with a 335-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and the dual-screen MMI infotainment system with a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, navigation, satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Standard driver assistance features include Audi Pre Sense Basic, Pre Sense Front, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

The Convenience package ($950) adds a heated steering wheel, Audi Side Assist, Audi Pre Sense Rear, and rear cross traffic alert.

Audi A7 Premium Plus

The A7 Premium Plus starts at $73,600. In addition to the base trim's features, the Premium Plus comes with a heated steering wheel, Audi's Virtual Cockpit, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, wireless device charging, a surround-view parking camera system, Audi Pre Sense Rear, and Audi Side Assist (blind spot monitoring).

The Executive package ($2,000) adds quad-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. The Driver Assistance package ($1,750) includes adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and intersection assistant. The S Line package ($1,250) adds a sportier exterior appearance and a lowered sport suspension.

Audi A7 Prestige

The A7 Prestige carries a starting price of $79,700. The Prestige is the highest A7 trim, and it comes with quad-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, intersection assistant, and traffic sign recognition.

The Luxury package ($3,000) adds Valcona leather upholstery and massaging front seats. You can also add the S Line package ($1,250) and an Adaptive Chassis package ($2,500), which includes an adaptive damping suspension and all-wheel steering.

A 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system costs $4,900, and night vision assistant with pedestrian detection can be had for $2,500.

Audi S7 Premium Plus

The performance-oriented S7 Premium Plus starts at $83,900. S7 models come with a 444-horsepower 2.9 liter turbocharged V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, an air suspension, and all-wheel drive.

The S7 comes with front sport seats with added side bolstering, but otherwise, its standard and features list is nearly identical to the A7 Premium Plus trim.

You can add an adaptive steel suspension for $350. The Luxury package ($1,500) and Driver Assistance package ($2,250) are both available. The S Sport package ($4,000) adds sport exhaust, a sport rear differential, and all-wheel steering.

Audi S7 Prestige

The S7 Prestige is the highest trim of this performance-oriented A7 variant, and it starts at $89,500. Other than the S7's sport seats, the standard and available features closely resemble those of the A7 Prestige.

A 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and night vision assistant are available.

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

Buyers looking for the best the luxury large car class has to offer should look no further than the 2020 Audi A7. This German sedan provides engaging performance, a sumptuous interior, lots of technology, and plenty of space for people and cargo. It's one of the more expensive entries in the class, to be sure, but there's plenty to suggest that it's worth the price.

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

  • "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. Likewise, every A7 has a potent turbocharged V-6 powertrain and all-wheel drive that helps shuttle its passengers posthaste. 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
  • "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)
  • "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 (2019)
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