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2021 Audi A7 Performance Review

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Performance: 8.7

The 2021 Audi A7 has all-star driving dynamics. The A7 accelerates briskly, and its powertrain feels smooth and refined in everyday driving. Fuel economy is above average for the class. The A7 also manages to mix a cushioned ride with quick steering and agile cornering ability.

  • "The turbocharged V6 is suitably energetic while retaining an unflappable refinement, and the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission fires off quick shifts that are barely perceived. But this is what you get when a car is designed to perform at 150 miles per hour on the Autobahn." -- Autotrader
  • "Like the A6, the fastback A7 offers sophisticated road manners and is capable of delighting drivers when the road ahead starts to spiral." -- Car and Driver
  • "The A7 is a comfortable cruiser offering a smooth ride over a variety of surfaces." -- Edmunds (2020)

Engine Options, Horsepower, and Acceleration

  • Base engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque (A7)
  • Available engines:
    • 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque (S7)
    • 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque (RS 7)
  • Drivetrain: all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (A7); eight-speed automatic (S7 and RS 7)

There are no slowpokes in the Audi A7 lineup. The standard A7 can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Its turbocharged V6 engine feels brawny, eagerly shuttles the A7 up to speed, and is complemented by a refined seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that fires off quick yet smooth shifts. This powertrain also includes a small electric motor, which operates the engine stop-start system.

The twin-turbocharged S7 can blast from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, and the sportier RS 7 can do it in 3.5 seconds. Both of these models are equipped with a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission.

  • "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." -- Car and Driver
  • "Aided by this powertrain’s 48-volt mild-hybrid system, we also must give Audi props for the seamless auto stop/start feature. It is among the smoothest we’ve experienced, although not quite up to par with that of the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450, still another German sedan with a swoopy roofline." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Acceleration is strong. Our test A7 logged the 0-60 sprint in just 4.7 seconds." -- Edmunds

MPG Estimates

The A7 and S7 models return good fuel economy for a luxury large car. The A7 gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while the S7 earns 18/28 mpg city/highway. At the time of writing, EPA fuel economy estimates are not available for the RS 7.

Handling and Braking

The Audi A7 has an exceptionally well-tuned suspension. This allows the A7 to glide smoothly over bumps and dips in the road yet still change direction quickly and with minimal body roll. An adaptive suspension is available, and it enhances these dynamics further. The brakes provide strong stopping power, and the steering is responsive, albeit too lightly weighted for some tastes. All models are equipped with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

  • "Audi has done a marvelous job with the A7’s suspension damping, helping this 4,332-pound sedan feel like a much smaller, lighter vehicle." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Audi expertly blends luxury and agility on the A7. 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, with emergency braking distances of 157 feet and 163 feet." -- Car and Driver
  • "It also posted short emergency-stopping distances, though much of the credit went to our test car's optional summer performance tires. Fitted with the optional S line sport package, the A7 handles surprisingly well. But there's quite a difference in steering feel across the driving modes — Comfort is almost too light, while Dynamic tends to feel needlessly heavy in some situations." -- Edmunds (2020)
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