In 2021, the Audi A7 blurs a beautiful distinction between hatchback and sedan thanks to its elegant design and refined appearance. The turbocharged V-6 engine and all-wheel drive standard provide fast acceleration as well as four-season grip. The Audi offers passengers an incredibly quiet and comfortable cabin with cutting-edge technology as well as many amenities. While the majority of this information is available on the A6 sedan as well The A7’s fastback design and additional cargo space make it more distinct visually and practical. Similar to the A6 Fastback, the A7 has refined roads and is able to delight drivers when the road ahead begins to spiral. The 2021 A7 features an incomprehensible information system, and is priced higher than the A6 However it’s an elegant vehicle that enhances Audi’s premium image and is a contender at the top of the Editors’ Choice list.
What’s New for 2021?
The biggest news for 2021’s A7 is the inclusion of a hybrid plug-in model. The hybrid powertrain is comprised of four-cylinder turbocharged with turbocharger with an electric motor which are combined to produce 362 horsepower. With its 14.4-kWh battery The A7 PHEV is equipped to operate solely on electric power however, Audi hasn’t announced any information regarding the range of models. Apart from the brand new PHEV variant, Audi has made the most minor of modifications to the A7’s lineup in 2021. The 20 inch wheels that have all-season tires is now included on the base version. Additionally, the Convenience package offers more features including the top-view camera. The premium Premium Plus model now comes featuring adaptive cruise control as well as the lane-keeping aid. The highest Prestige model is now available with an added Sport package, which includes 21-inch wheels with summer tires, as well as an adjustable steel suspension.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d suggest for the Premium Plus model that comes with the most desirable standard features and options available over the standard trim level. The Premium Plus is equipped with adaptive cruise control and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit (a 12.3-inch gauge display) as well as headlights with more attractive Matrix-style accents, automatic high-beams, futuristic-looking taillights and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system and lane-keeping assistance. In addition Premium Plus Premium Plus has standard luxuries including heated seats for the front, leather upholstery, a powered hatchback, and an expansive sunroof. The A7’s luxurious levels by selecting the Executive and Driver packages. This package is highlighted with the inclusion of four-zone climate control and heated rear seats as well as ventilated front seats.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The standard engine in the A7 comes with a turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 335 horsepower as well as 369 pounds of torque. This power is transferred through Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive via an automated seven-speed transmission. The standard V-6 powertrain of the A7 includes a hybrid assist 48-volt system that helps reduce turbo lag as well as aids in stopping and starting. In everyday driving we appreciated the Audi’s slick speed. The sophisticated all-wheel drive system offered outstanding traction both in wet and dry conditions. The auto transmission was able to react to both tense and relaxed throttle inputs. If you’re looking for a model that is electric-only it’s best to upgrade to the latest plug-in hybrid version that produces 362 horsepower with the combination of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an onboard electric motor. We haven’t had a chance to test this model as of yet but we’ve had plenty of time using the standard V-6. Audi effortlessly blends quality and agility in the A7. Its lively responses and its exquisite ride quality immediately stood out when we drove. Despite the optional 21-inch wheels and the usual impact thumps were barely noticed. The car’s soft suspension was effective in limiting body movements and increasing smoothness. Its steering performance was smooth with adjustable heft in various drive modes but it didn’t communicate the direction that it was that the rear wheels did. Two A7s we tried featured impressive stopping power with emergency brake distances of 157 or 163 feet.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the 2021 Audi A7 that has a six-cylinder engine will achieve 22 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway. These figures are in line with other competitors such as the BMW 540i with xDrive (21 miles per gallon city, 29 highway) and the Mercedes-Benz CLS450 4Matic (23 city and 30 highway). The plug-in hybrid A7 boasts an estimated combined efficiency that is 29 miles per gallon (5 more than the nonhybrid’s estimated combined figure) as well as the ability to run on electric for 24 miles. The V-6-powered Audi which we tested surpassed its highway rating, scoring astonishing 36mpg when we took our 75-mph fuel economy route that is an integral part of our testing schedule. The CLS also logged 36 mpg in our test on the highway, however the Bimmer only managed 31 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the A7 has excellent quality and fit, as well as appealing materials and durable switchgear. Each cabin comes with ambient lighting in the interior and heated front seats. leather seats as well as a panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control and many more. But, they’re only controlled by touchscreens, which can be irritating. The A7 offers a pleasant driving position, which is enhanced by an excellent view outward. The rear seat passengers are provided with climate controls and power points for charging devices, and heated seats. These are all available as an option. The back seat comfortably seats the two adult passengers, 3 frames aren’t enough. Under the A7’s practical liftback that is powered by a motor, we were able to fit seven bags for carry-ons behind the divided rear seat. The car also carried twenty bags when folding seats. In addition, we were able to squeeze an extra stroller and golf bag inside the cargo compartment. The A7 is a bit cramped, with very little interior storage space. Its front-facing pockets for doors are small and the console has a small storage bin.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every A7 features an amazing infotainment and entertainment system that has dual touchscreens that seamlessly blend into the center console and the dashboard. The big icons are easy find and the haptic feedback is pleasant however the interface is undoubtedly distracting since they frequently require drivers to keep their eyes off the road. Standard features include Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto integration, as well as a mobile WiFi hotspot. The most sought-after options are two powerful Bang & Olufsen premium sound systems, as well as wireless smartphone charging.