WE LIKE Intelligent interior, wireless CarPlay
WE DON’T LIKE Too-soft suspension, not enough differentiation from A6
This is Audi‘s second crack at the A7, the sporty counterpart to the executive A6 sedan. “It looks and moves like a killer whale,” Ed Loh said. “Sleek, swift, and silent.”
This midsize luxury hatchback also moves to a new platform and gains the new 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system—which some judges felt made it overeager to leap forward from a stop.
Judges largely liked the sportier look, but some found the grille to be too fussy. Like the A6, the A7’s interior is exceedingly quiet and features a mix of wood, leather, Alcantara, and a cool fabric headliner—”a benchmark in terms of design and control of grain, gloss, and color,” Tom Gale said. Screens are well integrated with crisp graphics.
On the road, the A7 is quick with little drama. With the addition of four-wheel steering, the ride is more dynamic than that of the A6. It easily swept from corner to corner and gains an impressive turn radius. But Christian Seabaugh felt it drove more like a soft GT than a sporty fastback: “It errs more toward softness than sportiness and feels like a bit of a bait and switch.”
Fuel economy is exceptional—our Real MPG team measured 23.2/34.9 mpg city/highway.
The hatch offers cargo versatility, and reclining rear seats allow for some headroom beneath the fastback roofline. But Chris Walton noticed a low-frequency booming over impacts in the A7 that was absent in the A6.