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2018 Audi A7 Review

The 2018 Audi A7 ranks in the top half of the luxury large car class. The A7 has a quality interior, balanced handling, brawny engines, and an above-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Elegant interior
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Back seats have slim headroom




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Audi A7 Overview

Is the 2018 Audi A7 a Good Used Car?

The 2018 Audi A7 is a good pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury large car.

The 2018 A7 has plenty of highlights:

  • Elegant cabin with up to five seats
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Many available safety features
  • Easy-to-use infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Agile handling
  • Powerful V6 and V8 engine options
  • V6 engine earns good fuel economy estimates

It doesn’t have many drawbacks, though there are a few to consider:

  • V8 engines in S7 and RS 7 guzzle gas
  • Rear headroom is slim for adults
  • Stiffer ride quality with available 20- and 21-inch wheels

Give alternatives like the 2018 Genesis G90 and 2018 Cadillac CT6 a look if you want a luxury large car with more back-seat space.

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How Much Is the 2018 Audi A7?

Based on listings for the 2018 Audi A7 on our site, the average price is $59,400. Prices range from $39,500 to $65,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Audi A7 Cost to Own?

The A7’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $33,500, or $6,700 per year. That’s a bit higher than average for a luxury large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New A7?

The 2019 Audi A7 is fully redesigned, and it starts at around $68,000. This all-new model has updated styling, top-of-the-line cabin materials, and a sleek infotainment system with dual touch screens. Some things haven’t changed though: Rear-seat headroom is still snug for adults. Opt for the 2019 A7 if these updates are important to you. Otherwise, you can save thousands of dollars by purchasing a used 2018 A7, and you’ll still end up with a very refined luxury car.

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If you want to save even more money, there are a few other A7 models worth considering. The 2012 to 2018 models are all part of the same generation. Each has the same overall dimensions, as well as many of the same available features, such as massaging seats and adaptive cruise control. There were several key updates over these years. The S7 model debuted for 2013, and the TDI diesel and RS 7 models were added for 2014. Audi revised the car’s styling and infotainment system for 2016. Support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto was included for 2017. Also in 2017, the A7 TDI model was discontinued. Used TDI A7s from 2014, 2015, and 2016 require updates to meet EPA standards that may alter performance and fuel economy, so you may want to avoid these models.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Audi A7?

The 2018 A7 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Audi A7 Recalls

At the time of writing, one recall has been issued for the 2018 Audi A7:

  • Front passenger air bag may not deploy properly (S7 and RS 7 only)

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Audi A7 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Audi A7 is available in six trim levels: A7 Premium Plus, A7 Prestige, S7 Premium Plus, S7 Prestige, RS 7, and RS 7 Performance. Most buyers will be happy with the entry-level A7 Premium Plus trim, which offers strong performance and lots of standard features.

  • Audi A7 Premium Plus: This base model A7 has a 340-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard features include an 8-inch infotainment screen, a Bose 14-speaker stereo, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, keyless entry, push-button start, four-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, heated front seats, a sunroof, a power liftgate, LED headlights, and 19-inch wheels. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Audi A7 Prestige: The A7 Prestige trim adds a head-up display, a corner-view camera system, ventilated front seats, and power soft-closing doors.
  • Audi S7 Premium Plus: This trim shares the same standard features as the A7 Premium Plus, but it adds a 450-horsepower V8 engine, an adaptive air suspension, and 20-inch wheels.
  • Audi S7 Prestige: The S7 Prestige trim includes the corner-view camera.
  • Audi RS 7: The racy RS 7 trim adds a 560-horsepower V8 engine and 21-inch wheels.
  • Audi RS 7 Performance: The top-of-the-line RS 7 Performance trim has a 605-horsepower V8 engine, an active suspension, and carbon ceramic brakes.

Available features include ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a suite of active safety features (Driver Assistance package).

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Infiniti, Lexus, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the A7?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has put the 2018 Audi A7 through crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features:

  • forward collision warning with brake assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane keep assist
  • head-up display
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • front night vision camera
  • front corner-view camera

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2018 Audi A7 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Audi A7 or 2018 Porsche Panamera?

The Audi A7 and 2018 Porsche Panamera follow a similar recipe. Both of these sleek hatchbacks have a posh interior, generous cargo space, thunderous engine options, and spry driving dynamics. Both also offer many of the same advanced safety features. The most notable difference between these two, other than styling, is price. Used Panamera models are often priced considerably higher. These are both great cars, but the Audi’s relative affordability makes it a better pick.

Which Is Better: 2018 Audi A7 or 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS is another attractive option in the luxury large car segment. Like the A7, the CLS has top-notch cabin materials, burly engine options, composed handling, and an above-average predicted reliability rating. However, the Audi makes more sense for everyday driving. The A7 yields better gas mileage with its V6 engine, its infotainment system is a bit easier to use, and it boasts substantially more cargo space. Consider the A7 first.

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2018 A7 Performance

How Does the 2018 Audi A7 Drive?

The Audi A7 backs up its sporty looks with an athletic driving experience. The A7 remains stable around turns with an all-wheel-drive system that tenaciously grips pavement and brakes that provide strong stopping power. The steering is quick, making the Audi feel smaller than it is when maneuvering along winding roads and tight city streets. The A7 rides comfortably on most road surfaces, and its suspension soaks up bumps and dips nicely. The higher-performance S7 and RS 7 models aren’t as cushy over rough pavement, due in part to their 20- and 21-inch wheels.

This Audi offers a variety of engine options, and each hustles the car up to speed with commanding thrust. The standard V6 engine is supercharged and is paired with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s capable of rocketing the A7 from zero to 60 mph in around five seconds. The S7 and RS 7 models have different versions of a twin-turbocharged V8. It can catapult the S7 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds; the RS 7 makes this dash in just 3.6 seconds.

  • Base engine: 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engines:
    • 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque (S7)
    • 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque (RS 7)
    • 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 605 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque (RS 7 Performance)
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmissions: standard eight-speed automatic; available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (S7 only)
Does the 2018 Audi A7 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The A7’s V6 engine earns good fuel economy estimates from the EPA. However, the V8 engine found in the S7 and RS 7 models is among the least fuel-efficient in the luxury large car segment.

  • 3.0-liter supercharged V6: 20/29 mpg city/highway
  • 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (S7): 16/24 mpg
  • 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (RS7): 14/24 mpg
  • 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (RS 7 Performance): 14/24 mpg

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2018 A7 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 A7 Seat?

The Audi A7 is a four-door hatchback with five seats. The sportier S7 and RS 7 variants have four seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they provide ample head- and legroom, even for taller drivers and passengers. The rear seat cushions are similarly cozy, but rear headroom is a bit slim for adults due to the car’s coupelike roofline.

The A7’s interior is quiet and elegantly styled, and it’s trimmed with many padded leather surfaces. The cabin also provides good outward visibility to the front and rear of the car.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated and power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • ventilated front seats
  • massaging front seats
  • heated rear seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Audi A7?

The A7 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing car seats. Installation is simple, though front-seat occupants may have to scoot forward to allow room for the car seats in the back.

2018 Audi A7 Features

The A7 is equipped with Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which includes a retractable 7-inch display with satellite navigation. This setup isn’t the freshest in the luxury car segment, but it is user-friendly and supports the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps. Most functions are controlled using a knob, buttons, and a touchpad on the center console. The climate control system has its own buttons and dials on the dashboard.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a 14-speaker Bose stereo
  • Available infotainment features: a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Additional standard features: four-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, a sunroof, and a power liftgate
  • Other available features: power soft-closing doors

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2018 Audi A7 Dimensions

Audi A7 Cargo Space

The A7 has 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space beneath its rear liftgate. The rear seats can fold down to accommodate larger items as well. That’s a generous amount of cargo room for a luxury large car, and it’s in a league with the spacious 2018 Tesla Model S.

2018 Audi A7 Length and Weight
  • Length: About 16 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,244 to 4,497 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Audi A7 Built?

Audi built the 2018 A7 in Germany.

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