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2020 Audi A7 Performance


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$69,000
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2020 Audi A7 Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.3

The 2020 Audi A7 packs plenty of performance. The standard V6 engine moves this big sedan easily and never feels underpowered, and the performance-minded S7 models deliver dynamic acceleration. The A7 rides comfortably over almost every road surface, and it displays poised handling on winding roads. Fuel economy is good for the luxury large car class.

  • "During everyday driving, we appreciated the Audi's effortless quickness. Its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system provided excellent traction in wet and dry conditions. The automatic transmission intelligently reacted to both relaxed and energetic throttle inputs. Audi expertly blends luxury and agility on the A7." -- Car and Driver
  • "At least the A7's driving dynamics are, for the most part, more physically gratifying than that simulated mechanical linkage. … Even with the steering set to Sport, effort is relatively low, though feel is good enough (and Michelin Pilot Sport 4s sticky enough) to encourage high-speed cornering. Dip deeper into the throttle and the refined hum of the V6 emerges, trading some isolation for incrementally more feedback." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "Despite the puzzling 55 TFSI badge, the A7’s base powerplant remains Audi’s 3.0-liter turbo V-6. … It’s been thoroughly modified, feels livelier, and plays a catchier tune. The seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission is really on its toes in Sport mode." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The Audi A7 comes standard with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain includes a mild-hybrid system that helps minimize turbo lag during acceleration.

The base engine provides plenty of juice to get this sedan moving. The A7 is quick off the line – Audi claims it can go from zero to 60 mph in a breezy 5.2 seconds – and has ample power for highway merging and passing.

You can also opt for the performance-oriented S7, which features a 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 engine that produces 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The S7 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. S7 models also have a mild-hybrid boost system. The S7's powertrain, as you might guess, is more potent than the base setup. This baby jets from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

According to EPA estimates, the A7 gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the best ratings in the luxury large car class. The S7 gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

  • "The standard driving mode produces a smooth, agreeable power delivery and quiet engine operation at lower speeds, feeling more like an überluxury sedan like the S-Class, 7-Series (and yes, A8) than a focused sports sedan. … Cabin silence spawns the illusion that the A7 isn't as quick as it actually is. Though acceleration seems strong with aggressive driving, the lack of noise masks the fact that the V6 is capable of whisking the A7 to 62 mph in only 5.3 seconds — pretty swift for a base engine on a big sedan." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "This is a quiet, silky powertrain that’s potent when you lean on it, while paddle-shifting through its 7-speed dual-clutched gears [is] like snapping your fingers after eating buttered popcorn. Audi claims a 0-62 of 5.3 seconds. Anecdotally, it feels at least that quick." -- Motor Trend (2019)
  • "The engine provides strong performance with a marked absence of drama. … The engine note gets slightly louder in the upper reaches of the tach, and the A7 is happy to be worked all the way to its rev limiter, but even in the most aggressive Sport driving mode, the soundtrack never gains any snap or zing. … While performance numbers are respectable, they also reveal this A7 to be no quicker than its predecessor. … The dual-clutch transmission delivers snappy gearchanges when required and shifts smoothly under gentle use, but we'd be hard-pressed to say it offers any subjective upgrade in either regard over the old torque-converter automatic." -- Car and Driver (2019)

Handling and Braking

The Audi A7 delivers impressive handling for a large sedan. It's composed on winding roads, helping you feel in control at all times, and the brakes stop the car quickly. The A7 rides smoothly as well, absorbing most impacts without disturbing its occupants.

Audi Drive Select lets you choose between multiple modes that alter driving dynamics to your liking. All A7 and S7 models come standard with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive.

  • "Its enthusiastic responses and ethereal ride quality immediately stood out while we were behind the wheel. Despite our test car's optional 21-inch wheels, the expected thuds from harsh impacts went virtually unnoticed. Its supple suspension was equally successful at limiting body motions and maximizing smoothness. The steering response was linear, with adjustable heft available in different drive modes, but it never communicated what the front wheels were doing. The two A7 models we tested had impressive stopping power." -- Car and Driver
  • "Like every Audi, this one is still not pleased with transverse irritations, but it no longer absolutely hates potholes, manhole covers, and railroad crossings. The steel brakes deserve applause for prompt response and efficient deceleration, but it also earns a few scattered boos for elevated pedal pressure, which increases with every repeat high-speed action and is accompanied by a certain sponginess over the final 100 yards or so before the vehicle comes to a full stop. … Even through increasingly tight radii, the car keeps carving with poise, prowess, and panache. There is a blind understanding between the steering angles of all four wheels, and the firm ride still shows mercy, holding the line with singing tires." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)
  • "My test car's ride and handling was appreciably better than our family's personal car (which I still find to be excellent), with noticeably keener turn-in and improved secondary impact harshness. There also seemed to be more differentiation between the various drive modes than my first-gen." -- CNET (2019)
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