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2019 Audi A7 Performance Review

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Performance: 8.1

The 2019 Audi A7 has a smooth and potent powertrain that gets the car moving quickly while returning great fuel economy for the class. Driving dynamics mix confident handling with a plush ride.

  • "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
  • 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. Eco efforts include a start-stop system that calls it a day below 15 mph, an efficiency program that cuts the engine between 30 and 100 mph under trailing throttle, and a green lift-off symbol in the instrument binnacle, which suggests that now is the time to take it easy." -- Automobile Magazine
  • This is a very well-executed powertrain, but by the same token, it's also not one whose exhaust or engine note will leave your neck hairs standing on end -- at least audibly, there's no Mr. Hyde lurking within this Dr. Jeckyll. This new A7 is just too demure and proper for that sort of thing, which is a bit of a shame considering it's capable of delivering so much performance. … Whether doddling through picturesque little German villages, slogging through Munich stop-and-go traffic or blitzing the derestricted Autobahn at speeds well over 120 mph, know that the entire driveline operated in impressively seamless and unobtrusive fashion, with plenty of thrust throughout the rev range and very little noise." -- CNET

Acceleration and Power

The 2019 Audi A7 comes standard with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 2019 A7 gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which are above-average ratings for the class.

The A7 delivers solid power and acceleration, both from a stop and as it gets up to higher speeds. The transmission shifts quickly and precisely.

  • "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
  • "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
  • "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. Our 4.7-second zero-to-60-mph run was identical to the time we recorded in the old car, while the new car's 12.1-second dash to 100 mph was 0.3 second behind. … The dual-clutch transmission delivers snappy gear changes 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

Handling and Braking

The A7 comes standard with all-wheel drive. This Audi has balanced handling and driving dynamics, with good poise around turns, but the steering feels a bit vague. Ride quality is excellent over most surfaces.

  • "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
  • Handling is safe and assured, if short on much sense of dynamic connection. The A7's natural cruising pace is high, thanks to its extremely well-insulated cabin and compliant ride. Only a modicum of road noise disturbed the tranquility when traveling at a highway pace that would be brave in most states. Although air springs are an option, our car rode on the standard coil springs, kept in check by passive dampers. These worked well to keep the body's mass under tight control over rougher surfaces. … Braking is secure; the pedal is light, but with reasonable feel." -- Car and Driver
  • "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
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