2018 Audi A7

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MSRP: $69,700 - 130,700

2018 Audi A7 Review

With an excellent mix of performance and luxury, the 2018 Audi A7 is one of the highest-ranking cars in the very competitive luxury large car class.

9.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Above-average fuel economy
  • Long features list
  • Great cargo space
  • Sloping roofline limits rear-seat headroom for tall passengers

Is the Audi A7 a Good Car?

The Audi A7 is a great choice for luxury large car shoppers, as it has few – if any – real faults. It handles well despite its large size, and there are many powerful engines available. Step inside its handsome cabin, and you’ll find roomy leather seats and a bevy of infotainment, convenience, comfort, and safety features. It also has one of the most spacious cargo areas in the class. However, taller passengers may find headroom lacking in the rear seats.

Should I Buy the Audi A7?

The A7 is a great value for this class, and it’s certainly worth buying. There are, however, some other worthy competitors to consider. The Porsche Panamera has a substantially higher price tag, but this super luxury car has even stronger engines and a richer cabin than the A7. The Mercedes-Benz CLS ranks a little lower in our luxury large car rankings, but it’s still a good vehicle with powerful engines, great handling, and an opulent interior.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi A7?

Audi made no major changes to the A7 for 2018, so you may want to consider a nearly identical used 2017 model to save money. You can likely save even more by shopping further back in the A7's current generation (which began in 2012). For 2015, four-zone automatic climate control was made standard, along with crash prevention technologies like Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear. Changes for 2016 included updated interior and exterior styling, as well as an upgraded MMI infotainment system with quicker processing times and 4G connectivity. The base 2016 A7 got a boost in horsepower from 310 to 333, while the 2016 S7 increased horsepower from 420 to 450. If you're looking for a diesel A7, which was affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal, you'll have to look for an older model than a 2017. Other changes for 2017 included the new Competition trim, which added a 340-horsepower engine, a sport suspension, and a special exterior design. Also introduced was the 605-horsepower RS 7 Performance trim, which comes with a DRC suspension system, Audi ceramic brakes, a sport exhaust system, and carbon exterior pieces.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Audi A7. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 39 Reviews Analyzed

Instead of basing our car reviews on our personal opinions, we combine the opinions of professional test drivers with hard data such as safety and reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates. For the 2018 Audi A7, we researched 39 professional reviews. This 2018 Audi A7 review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2012 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Audi A7 Cost?

The Audi A7 has a starting price of $69,700. That’s higher than most luxury large cars’ base prices, but it’s also well short of the highest starting price in the class. Things can escalate from there pretty easily though. The high-performance S7 starts at over $81,000, and the RS 7 starts just shy of $114,000. There are also several option packages available with each trim, so the price can easily go up by $5,000 or more once you’ve chosen a trim.

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.

Audi A7 Versus the Competition

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

In terms of price, the Mercedes-Benz CLS is similar to the A7. When it comes to quality, however, the CLS lags behind. While the Mercedes' interior is upscale, it isn't as modern as the Audi’s, and it also has less cargo space. In addition, the CLS is less fuel-efficient than the Audi. Both models have good, smooth rides and a strong engine lineup, but the Audi has better handling and more power. In short, the A7 excels at everything the Mercedes excels at, but does it a bit better.

Which Is Better: Audi A7 or Porsche Panamera?

They may come from different classes, but there are a lot of similarities between the super luxury Porsche Panamera and the A7. Power output is similar in both models, but the Panamera is a lot more agile. Both cars have lavish cabins with plenty of passenger room, along with lots of standard features. That said, the Porsche also has a much higher starting price. If price isn’t an issue, the Porsche is the better option. That said, budget-minded shoppers will find the Audi to be a great choice.

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A7 Interior

How Many People Does the A7 Seat?

The Audi A7 seats five people but only four if you add the optional Competition package. S7 and RS 7 models seat four. The front seats are spacious and offer drivers great visibility. Rear-seat headroom is slightly limited by the sloping roofline, but most adults should have plenty of room.

A7 and Car Seats

The rear seats feature two full sets of LATCH connectors. Installing a car seat is pretty simple, though front-seat occupants may have to scoot forward to allow enough room for the car seats in the back.

A7 Interior Quality

Climb inside the A7 and you’ll immediately see why it draws praise for its cabin. It’s attractively designed and features high-end materials throughout. This is one of the nicest interiors in a class known for having beautiful cabins.

A7 Cargo Space

The A7 features a hatchback-style rear liftgate instead of a traditional trunk. This lets the Audi provide more cargo space than many rivals – over 24 cubic feet, even with the rear seats in use. That’s enough room for your entire foursome’s golf bags or the whole family’s vacation luggage. The rear seats fold down if you need more cargo space, and a hands-free power liftgate comes standard.

A7 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the A7 include a sunroof, Bluetooth, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, and the MMI infotainment system, which comes with an 8-inch display screen, voice recognition, navigation, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a touchpad controller with handwriting recognition. A 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system is available.

The wealth of connectivity options makes it easy to connect your smartphone, and despite a slight learning curve for some drivers, the MMI infotainment system is a user-friendly way to control all the technology.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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A7 Performance

A7 Engine: Nothing to Complain About Here

The base A7 features a turbocharged V6 engine that puts out 340 horsepower – and this is the slow model (though it still delivers good power and acceleration in all driving situations). The real crowd pleasers are the performance-oriented S7 and RS 7, which feature turbocharged V8s that put out 450-605 horsepower and deliver blinding acceleration and top speeds of at least 155 mph.

A7 Gas Mileage: Pretty Respectable

The A7 gets better gas mileage than many other cars in the class. It earns 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the standard engine. Over the course of a year, the A7 will save you about $200 on gas compared to the Mercedes-Benz CLS, though it’s worth noting that the CLS’ base engine is a V8. The A7 will cost you about $100 more each year than the base Porsche Panamera.

A7 Ride and Handling: Cushioned and Composed

This Audi delivers a comfortable ride over most road surfaces, but that doesn’t mean it's just a cruising vehicle. It comes standard with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive, which provides plenty of road grip and helps you stay planted around turns. This is a large vehicle, but it handles adeptly enough that you can enjoy a winding road.

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A7 Reliability

Is the Audi A7 Reliable?

The 2018 Audi A7 has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. A score of three is considered average for all new cars.

Audi A7 Warranty

The A7’s warranty is typical for a luxury vehicle. Audi backs it 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 put the A7 through crash tests.

A7 Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include Pre Sense Basic, Pre Sense Rear, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, front and rear parking sensors, lane change assist, and blind spot monitoring. Pre Sense is a safety system designed to provide occupants with maximum protection in the event of a crash; it tights the seat belts and rolls up the windows if it detects an impending crash.

Available features include adaptive cruise control, Pre Sense Front, Pre Sense Plus, lane keep assist, a night vision camera, a head-up display, a corner-view camera, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. Pre Sense Front and Plus provide the same pre-collision protections as the standard system when the impending impact comes from the front or side of the vehicle.

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Which Audi A7 Model Is Right for Me?

The Audi A7 is available in several trims, four of which are high-performance options. While those trims have an abundance of power owing to their turbocharged V8 engines, they cost quite a bit more and don’t offer significantly more in the way of features. For that reason, you’re better off with either the A7 Premium Plus or A7 Prestige (unless you must have the V8 engine).

Audi A7 Premium Plus

The A7 Premium Plus has a base price of $69,700. It comes well-equipped, and several option packages are available. The Cold Weather package ($500) adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Driver Assistance package ($2,000) adds adaptive cruise control and Audi Pre Sense Plus. The Comfort Seating package ($3,350) adds ventilated and massaging front seats.

There’s also the Competition package ($3,000), which adds a number of performance and styling upgrades like 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and a rear sport differential. The Competition package also reduces seating capacity to four people.

Audi A7 Prestige

The A7 Prestige starts at $72,400. In addition to the Premium Plus features, the A7 Prestige includes ventilated front seats, a corner-view camera system, and a head-up display that also shows navigation information. The same option packages that are available in the Premium Plus trim are also available in the Prestige, and they cost the same.

Audi S7 Premium Plus

The S7 Premium Plus is the least expensive of the A7’s performance-oriented trims, and it has a starting price of $81,200. The S7 comes with a 450-horsepower, turbocharged V8 engine. Unlike the A7 and RS 7, S7 models feature a seven-speed automatic transmission. S7 models also come standard with a four-seat configuration and all the features found in the Competition package.

The Cold Weather and Driver Assistance packages are available for the same price as in A7 trims. The Comfort Seating package is also available, but it only costs $1,850 in the S7 Premium Plus.

Audi S7 Prestige

The S7 Prestige starts at $83,150. In addition to the S7 Premium Plus features, the Prestige comes with Valcona leather upholstery and sport-contoured front seats. This is the lowest trim to offer the Night Vision Assistant ($2,500) and the Bang & Olufsen audio system ($4,900). The Comfort Seating, Driver Assistance, and Cold Weather packages are also available.

Audi RS 7

The RS 7 is the real king of the jungle, or at least of the A7 lineup. The base RS 7 starts at $113,900, and the RS 7 Performance starts at $130,700. The RS 7’s features are largely the same as the S7’s except for some interior styling touches. Oh, and the RS 7’s turbocharged V8 puts out 560 horsepower (605 in the RS 7 Performance).

The same option packages discussed above are available in the RS 7, as well as some styling packages that are exclusive to this trim.

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 2018 Audi A7 is one of our highest-ranking luxury large cars, and with good reason. It’s an excellent vehicle that delivers good performance and high levels of luxury. It also has an abundance of tech features and above-average cargo space. You really have to nitpick to find flaws with the A7, and though its price is higher than many rivals’, it’s worth the extra money.

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

  • "With a variety of engines, plentiful options and head-turning style, the Audi A7, S7, and mighty RS 7 is the world's most desirable family of hatchbacks. But make no mistake, the practicality is only secondary: The Audi A7 is about lust, from the styling to the driving. From the 'base' A7 to the new Audi RS 7 Performance with its 605-horsepower V8, the precision suspension is backed up with sharp steering and Audi's quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) system for a sure-footedness that's hard to beat, even from such worthy competitors as the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Porsche Panamera or BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Yet the A7 family is as luxurious as any of them, with a beautifully styled and high-tech interior that's covered in exquisite leathers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Beautiful design alone makes the 2017 Audi A7 a desirable luxury car. But if you're not easily swayed by looks, the A7's exceptional interior room, handy hatchback trunk and refined performance should charm your pragmatic side. Although that sleek, sloping roofline eats up some rear headroom, the A7 is still one of the best picks in the class." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "With an arresting design, a lavish interior and a surprisingly practical hatchback layout, the Audi A7 four-door-coupe offers a superb balance of style and comfortable versatility." -- Left Lane News (2017)
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