2018 Audi A7

Performance


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2018 Audi A7 Performance Review

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Performance: 8.7

The 2018 Audi A7 is surprisingly athletic for a car of its size. The base engine delivers plenty of power and good acceleration, and there are high-performance models with stronger engines if you really want to fly by other drivers. The ride is smooth, and the car handles well on winding roads.

  • "Bigger and more comfortable than a true sport sedan, the A7 is a capable and confidence-inspiring luxury sedan that excels at long-distance cruising and the occasional jaunt along a twisting road." -- Edmunds
  • "We've praised the A7's competent chassis before, and it still impresses. From the light steering to the precise turn-in and the way its suspension shrugs off uneven surfaces, few cars can match it in spirited driving." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • "Yet swiftness isn't the A7's sole trait. Comfort and composure are equally impressive, and the car's very manners can be tailored for performance or relaxation via Audi Drive Select feature." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The A7’s standard engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 340 horsepower. It delivers potent acceleration and has plenty of power for highway passing and merging. Despite those praises, this is actually the weakest engine in the lineup.

The S7 and RS 7 are both high-performance A7 models that feature turbocharged 4.0-liter V8s. S7 models produce 450 horsepower. The base RS 7 makes 560 horsepower, and the RS 7 Performance puts out 605 horses. All deliver jaw-dropping power and acceleration. The range-topping RS 7 Performance will go from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 190 mph.

Fuel economy isn’t a strength of most luxury large cars, but the A7 has some of the best gas mileage ratings in the class. The base A7 earns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The A7 and RS 7 feature an eight-speed automatic transmission that feels responsive and delivers smooth shifts whether you're cruising around town or putting the hammer down to pass a Sunday driver. The S7 features a seven-speed automatic.

  • "With its 340-horsepower supercharged V6 engine, even the least expensive 2018 Audi A7 delivers a stellar performance, darting from zero to 60 mph in just over five seconds. It's one of our favorite drivetrains, generating ample power at nearly any speed and operating so smoothly we sometimes glanced at the tachometer to be certain the engine was still running." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although it's not billed as the high-performance model in the lineup (the S7 and RS 7 fill that role), the A7 is an impressive performer. The supercharged V6 is a stunning engine that provides nearly instantaneous throttle response and the kind of acceleration you would typically associate with a V8-powered sedan." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "While some may wish to see Audi pair a dual-clutch gearbox with this engine, the eight-speed Tiptronic automatic is responsive enough and no doubt smoother in day-to-day driving." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Handling and Braking

The A7 comes standard with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which provides terrific road grip even in inclement weather. Audi Drive Select is also standard, and it lets you choose between four driving modes that alter throttle response and how aggressively the transmission shifts.

On winding roads, this car handles well despite its size. Some argue that the steering feels a bit vague, but others say that it’s sharp. The A7 rides smoothly over most road surfaces as well.

  • "Extremely capable, with plenty of grip courtesy of its all-wheel drive and optional sport-tuned suspension. Yet, this is a very big car, and you feel it in tight corners. The numb steering reduces driver engagement." -- Edmunds
  • "Yet there's so much more to the A7 family than just raw speed. There's the refined steering, the comfortable ride that turns into razor-sharp handling at the flick of the Audi Drive Select button, and the stellar brakes." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Despite sharing most of its mechanicals with the A6, the A7 seems more athletic and composed through corners. The all-wheel-drive system sends 60 percent of its power to the rear wheels and 40 percent to the front wheels for a pleasing balance, although it can redistribute whenever necessary." -- Autotrader (2016)
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