Audi A7 Sportback (2018 - present)

An accomplished coupé-like executive cruiser, the A7 Sportback is a well-executed blend of luxury and performance

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Elegant yet muscular
Well equipped
Good performance

Weaknesses 

Pricey options
Not the most engaging car to drive
Ride could be smoother
Best finance deal

Audi A7 Sportback Special Editions (2014-2018) 3.0 tdi quattro 272 black edition 5dr s tronic

Finance price £358 per month

Cash price £23,950

The Audi A7 Sportback combines performance and space with a sense of panache for style-conscious luxury car buyers.

Its swept-back windscreen, curved roof and full-width rear LED lights ensure that the A7 cuts a dash. At the same time, it’s a car that can still seat four people in comfort and carry enough bags to stock the designer luggage department at Harrods.

Known as a four-door coupe, the Audi A7 is less of a compromise than a two-door coupe. Its rear doors enable passengers to get in without having to perform a spot of impromptu yoga and allow parents can justify it on practical grounds.

Despite a high list price, starting at around £55,000, discounts of more than £8,000 are common, while the used examples of the previous-generation Audi A7  are a fraction of the cost.

The A7 Sportback is roughly the same size as an Audi A6, but more luxurious, giving the driver the sense of commanding the Starship Enterprise. You’re surrounded by touchscreens, digital displays and a stubby gear lever that looks like it could launch you into hyperspace mode.

A 12.3in screen replaces the dials in front of the driver. The so-called Virtual Cockpit displays information, including a large map and directions, right in the driver’s eyeline for extra safety.

There are another two screens in the centre of the dashboard (stacked vertically) for sat-nav, music, phone and climate control. Everything is wrapped in ice-cool aluminium-effect trim and leather and there are lighting gimmicks galore: detailed mood lighting configurations inside, plus a short light show from the LED strip at the back when you lock and unlock top-specification models.

It would be the perfect place for a gadget-lover to spend time behind the wheel, if it wasn’t rivalled by the Mercedes CLS, another four-door coupe, which offers a huge widescreen display across the dashboard.

More prosaically, two child seats will fit easily in the back, or two adults can sit comfortably, even if the curved roof means that headroom is that bit more snug than a saloon. The raised middle seat is less cosseting, so it’s not ideal if you regularly carry five passengers - the more spacious BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a better bet.

The Audi A7’s 535-litre boot will easily carry a holiday’s worth of luggage; it’s larger and more practical than the Mercedes’, thanks to the large hatchback bootlid.

It’ll also take you to the Mediterranean sun effortlessly. Fill it with people, luggage and a coffee or two; set Apple CarPlay (or Android Auto) to shuffle and you could happily drive to the Côte d’Azur in a day.

It’s quiet, performance is ample, the seats are first class affairs that keep aches and pains at bay and the ride comfort is fairly smooth. Some bumps and potholes do cause a slight juddering, though - even with the optional air suspension.

Diesel-powered models return around 36mpg in real-world driving and have relatively low CO2 emissions (147g/km) for such a large, powerful car. You’ll have to settle for less than 30mpg from petrol cars but even that would have seemed inconceivable a decade ago.

When it comes to enjoying yourself on a winding country road, the A7 doesn’t prove as enjoyable as a BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe or Porsche Panamera. The steering is accurate enough, but never makes you feel involved with the process - you feel as if you’re directing rather than driving.

In that respect, it’s similar to the Mercedes CLS but can’t match that car’s ride quality. Judged objectively, you’re probably better off with the Mercedes. Or you can save thousands of pounds with a more conservative Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class or BMW 5 Series.

But this is a car that sells on style. And if you’ve fallen for its swept-back design, the rest is unlikely to disappoint.

Last Updated 

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:45

Key facts 

Warranty : 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
535 litres
Width: 
1,908mm
Length: 
4,969mm
Height: 
1,422mm
Tax : 
£515 in the first year, £140 thereafter

Best Audi A7 for... 

Audi A7 Sportback 50 TDI
Despite being powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine, the diesel variant of the A7 Sportback does return impressive official fuel consumption figures of 48/7 to 50.4mpg, depending on what size wheels are specified.
Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI
The petrol version of the A7 is no slouch, despite its size and weight (1,890kg unladen, but with driver): the 0-62mph benchmark acceleration test takes just 5.3 seconds.

 

October 2017: A7 Sportback debuted via satellite broadcast and internet livestream.
April 2018: first UK models arrive.

Understanding Audi A7 car names 

  • A7
  • Trim level
    Sport
  • Engine
    50TDI
  • Gearbox
    Tiptronic
  • Trim level
    There are two levels of equipment specification, Sport and S line. Sport is the ‘basic’ trim level, with S line offering additional equipment (for more money) and an even sportier character.
  • Engine
    Audi offers buyers the choice of one petrol (badged 55 TFSI) and one diesel (50 TDI) engine option.
  • Gearbox
    Both petrol and diesel versions are mated to automatic gearboxes, but the petrol car has a seven-speed S tronic (dual-clutch) while the diesel has an eight-speed tiptronic (the more traditional style of auto ’box).

Audi A7 Engines 

50 TDI, 55 TFSI

Audi is keeping the engine range of the A7 Sportback simple, with just one petrol and one diesel option.

The 50 TDI is a 3.0-litre V6 diesel that produces 286 horsepower (hp), and comes with quattro all-wheel drive and eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. As befits a car with a sub-six-second 0-62mph time (5.7 seconds, to be exact), it feels impressively punchy on the road, while it’s also very refined, especially when cruising at high speed on the motorway.

At the same time, however, it also returns decent on-paper fuel economy of 48.7 to 50.4mpg (depending on wheel size) and CO2 emissions aren’t excessive, either, at 147-150g/km. This combination of performance and economy makes for a highly persuasive package.

The same could also be said of the 55 TFSI petrol variant, too, with its 3.0-litre V6 powerplant pumping out 340hp, which enables a 5.3-second 0-62mph time. The quattro all-wheel-drive system is also fitted to this version, alongside a seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox. The performance premium over the diesel does inevitably result in higher running costs, with 39.2 to 40.4mpg the official fuel consumption figures (although these are likely to be considerably lower in real-world driving – especially for drivers who like to provoke that V6 engine into a raucous state).

 

Audi A7 Trims 

Sport, S line

The A7 is one of Audi’s more luxurious models, so there is an extensive list of standard equipment on all models, with only slight differences between the two trim lines, Sport and S line.

Sport models feature – take a deep breath… - 19-inch alloy wheels, LED front and rear lights, leather seats (the two front seats being heated and electrically adjustable), two-zone climate control, LED ambient interior lighting, a powered tailgate, an MMI infotainment system with twin touchscreens (10.1-inch above and 8.6-inch below), 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit information display, Audi Connect connectivity package (including emergency call function in case of a collision), voice control with voice recognition function, DAB, Bluetooth, smartphone wireless charging, Drive Select driving modes, rear-view camera and parking assist, plus the now-expected safety features (such as lane departure warning).

Counterintuitively, the S line trim (an additional £2,900 over the cost of Sport cars) is designed to be even sportier than the Sport, so it has 20-inch alloys, sport suspension, Matric LED lights, additional exterior styling features, leather and Alcantara-upholstered sports seats, and stainless steel pedals.

Despite the high specification of both models, buyers could seriously indulge themselves with further optional extras. How about all-wheel steering (£1,900), air suspension (£2,000), a full-length sunroof (£1,600), four-zone climate control (£800) or a Bang & Olufsen sound system (£6,000)?

In addition, there are also packs of extra equipment, such as the Tour Pack (to support long-distance drivers) for £1,950, or a City Assist Pack for £1,375. 

Audi A7 Reliability and warranty 

Because this second generation A7 Sportback is so new on the market, and sells in comparatively exclusive volumes, it doesn’t feature in the Auto Express 2018 Driver Power survey.

Audi only appears in 18th place in the survey’s list of most reliable manufacturers, but given that any A7 Sportback is likely to be brand new or nearly-new, it will be covered by at least a comprehensive warranty.

That warranty is relatively standard for the premium manufacturers, with faults covered for three years or up to 60,000 miles. 

Used Audi A7 

On sale for only a matter of months, this latest Audi A7 Sportback is too new to offer any used car bargains, although there are already nearly-new cars available.

These don’t offer enormous savings over new cars - mainly because new car discounts already offer savings of more than £8,000 - but are available for immediate delivery.

As more models become available, you can expect prices to fall considerably. It has already happened with the previous-generation Audi A7 Sportback, which is now excellent value for money. You’ll pay from around £20,000 for 2014 and some 2015 cars.

As usual with Audis, there are plenty of expensive optional extras available, which make it complicated to work out the value of each car. You should request the detailed specification of any car you’re interested in, to see exactly what’s been fitted to it.

Audi A7 Prices

Audi A7 Black Edition

40 tdi black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £40,460

You could save up to: £13190

40 tdi black edition 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,411

You could save up to: £13534

40 tdi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £41,846

You could save up to: £13434

40 tdi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £43,797

You could save up to: £13778

45 tdi quattro black edition 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £45,423

You could save up to: £13892

45 tdi quattro black edition 5dr tip auto [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £47,373

You could save up to: £14237

45 tfsi 265 quattro black ed 5dr s tronic [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £46,317

You could save up to: £13993

45 tfsi 265 quattro black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £43,061

You could save up to: £13649

50 tdi quattro black edition 5dr tip [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £49,936

You could save up to: £14689

50 tdi quattro black edition 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £47,985

You could save up to: £14345

55 tfsi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £47,355

You could save up to: £14330

55 tfsi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £49,306

You could save up to: £14674

Audi A7 S Line

40 tdi quattro s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £39,925

You could save up to: £13095

40 tdi quattro s line 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £41,876

You could save up to: £13439

40 tdi s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,539

You could save up to: £12851

40 tdi s line 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £40,490

You could save up to: £13195

45 tdi quattro s line 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,957

You could save up to: £13553

45 tdi quattro s line 5dr tip auto [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £44,907

You could save up to: £13898

45 tfsi 265 quattro s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £41,140

You could save up to: £13310

45 tfsi 265 quattro s line 5dr s tronic [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £44,396

You could save up to: £13654

50 tdi quattro s line 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £45,519

You could save up to: £14006

50 tdi quattro s line 5dr tip auto [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £47,470

You could save up to: £14350

55 tfsi quattro s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 39.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £45,434

You could save up to: £13991

55 tfsi quattro s line 5dr s tronic [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 39.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £47,385

You could save up to: £14335

Audi A7 S7

s7 tdi quattro s 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £55,913

You could save up to: £12802

s7 tdi quattro s 5dr tip auto [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £57,863

You could save up to: £13147

Audi A7 S7 Vorsprung

s7 tdi quattro s vorsprung 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £71,978

You could save up to: £15637

Audi A7 Sport

40 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,205

You could save up to: £12615

40 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £39,156

You could save up to: £12959

40 tdi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,819

You could save up to: £12371

40 tdi sport 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £37,770

You could save up to: £12715

45 tdi quattro sport 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £40,237

You could save up to: £13073

45 tdi quattro sport 5dr tip auto [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,187

You could save up to: £13418

45 tfsi 265 quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,420

You could save up to: £12830

45 tfsi 265 quattro sport 5dr s tronic [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £41,676

You could save up to: £13174

50 tdi quattro sport 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,799

You could save up to: £13526

50 tdi quattro sport 5dr tip auto [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £44,750

You could save up to: £13870

55 tfsi quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,279

You could save up to: £13511

55 tfsi quattro sport 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £44,230

You could save up to: £13855

Audi A7 Vorsprung

45 tdi quattro vorsprung 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £60,587

You could save up to: £16568

50 tdi quattro vorsprung 5dr tip auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £63,149

You could save up to: £17021

55 tfsi quattro vorsprung 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 39.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £62,519

You could save up to: £17006

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