2020 Audi A7

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$69,000 - $79,700
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2020 Audi A7 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 4, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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Challenging the basic sedan look that had been going on for decades and decades, the A7 Sportback was launched in 2010. It changed how a sedan was supposed to look and perform. Keeping up with the competition, Audi gave it a few updates from time to time. The latest generation is given a much-needed styling refresh along with feature updates for both interior and exterior. Audi’s are always seen as a landmark for technological advancements and the same level of luxury and technology is kept in the latest A7. 

 

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Pros

Smooth and strong V6 engine

Elegant exterior designing

Spacious and premium interiors

Cons

Firm ride quality

Sloping roofline restricts the headroom for tall passengers

What's New?

More powerful engine that churns out 340 hp

Packages available in seperate trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$69000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

369 lbs.-ft. @ 1370 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

115.2 in.

length

195.6 in.

width

75.1 in.

height

56 in.

curb weight

4332 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

24.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22//29 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Audi A7 in Brilliant Black color 2020 Audi A7 in Tango Red Metallic color 2020 Audi A7 in Soho Brown Metallic color 2020 Audi A7 in Triton Blue color 2020 Audi A7 in Glacier White Metallic color
Brilliant Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.5

Interior

7.5

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Audi A7 Premium

Premium

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$69,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7AM) Starting at $69,000 MSRP (22/24/29) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded
7-speed auto-shift manual all wheel drive 5

2020 Audi A7 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$73,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7AM) Starting at $73,600 MSRP (22/24/29) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

2020 Audi A7 Prestige

Prestige

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$79,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7AM) Starting at $79,700 MSRP (22/24/29) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.4

Overall Rating


The 2020 Audi A7 offers the best of luxury available to you, exterior as well as the interior. This vehicle is stacked with features and richness to give a call to the competitors.

The turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI engine alongside the well known Quattro makes this vehicle extremely capable, both on the city streets or for an exciting drive through the highways. How about we examine this vehicle in detail and check whether this is the vehicle to spend your cash on. Pricing for the 2020 Audi A7 starts at $69,000, including destination.

2020 Audi A7 Sedan Front View
2020 Audi A7 Sedan Rear View

9.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Audi A7 Features

9.5/10

The Audi A7 is offered in three trims, Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The base trim gets nothing fancy apart from basic features. But, a few higher segment features can still be opted for as an optional package. Such as lane departure warning and high beam assist. The Premium Plus trim adds features like matrix LED headlights and taillights, B&O sound system and also heated steering wheel.

The top-level trim called Prestige gets more lifestyle and advanced features such as adaptive headlamps, soft closing doors and four-zone climate control over the standard equipment list. All three trims get the same engine in terms of performance and the drivetrain option also remains the same. Price starts from $69,000 for the Premium trim and goes up to $79,000 for the feature-packed Prestige trim.

Trim

Premium 

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP 

$69,000

$73,600

$79,900

Key features

Quattro all-wheel drive

Audi virtual cockpit plus

Head-up display with navigation systems information

 

MMI® Navigation (8.8" display) and Audi connect

Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System with 16 speakers, 15-channel amplifier and 705 watts

Heated and ventilated twelve-way power front seats including four-way power lumbar adjustment for driver and front passenger

 

Panoramic sunroof

Top view camera system with Virtual 360 view

Driver Assistance package

 

Contrast stitching on seats and dashboard

LED taillights with animation

Power soft-closing doors

 

LED headlights with high-beam assist

HD Matrix-design LED headlights with high-beam assist

HD Matrix-design LED headlights with Audi laser light and high-beam assist

We Recommend

Since Audi gives plenty of optional features, we think the center trim "Premium Plus" offers the best suggestion at its cost. For a premium of around $7k, it is better that you opt for additional features in this trim instead of going for the top-level trim which might save you some bucks.

2020 Audi A7 Engine and Performance

The new 2020 Audi A7 still gets the old 3.0L V6 engine, why fix it if it ain't broke. This is the same unit that used to feature a supercharger but later replaced with a more efficient turbocharger. It is now used across many of the Audi car lineups such as the big Q7 SUV. This engine is capable to produce a healthy output of 335 horses at 5,000 rpm along with torque figures of 369 lb-ft at an early rpm range of mere 1,370.

Along with the turbocharger, there is also a 48-volt hybrid electric motor mated to this engine which helps in an early pickup from the initial start and once the A7 builds up speed, all the responsibilities get transferred to the 3.0L engine.

Models

Audi A7 Premium

Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC

Maserati Ghibli Base (RWD)

MSRP

$69,000

$72,450

$75,500

Engine

3.0L, V6, turbocharged

3.0L, Inline-6, turbocharged

3.0L, V6, twin-turbocharged

Transmission

7-speed S Tronic DCT

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

335 hp @ 5,000 rpm

362 hp @ 5,500 rpm

345 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm

369 lb-ft. @ 1,600 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

Talking about the competition the Marcedes CLS 450 gets the same size engine but in an inline setup which is capable of producing the most number of horses, 362 to be precise. This is the highest output providing engine from the competition. Next up, the Maserati Ghibli also gets the same capacity engine, a 3.0L but in V6 layout which is capable of producing 345 horses.

This engine sits between both the A7 and CLS in terms of power output. Torque figures remain exactly the same for all the three engines, 369 lb-ft. But the A7 is capable of putting all torque on the line early at 1,370rpm.

How fast is the Audi A7?

The 2020 Audi A7 is capable of reaching 60mph speed from a standstill in just 5.2 seconds. All credits to its 48-volt electric support system motor which helps a lot in initial acceleration at lower speeds. 

2020 Audi A7 Sedan covers 0-60 in 5.2 sec.

It also makes the new A7 always capable of providing a launching effect due to early torque output from the motor. If you wish to keep it floored till the quarter-mile marker, then the A7 comes the fastest with a time of 13.3 seconds.

Model

Audi A7 Premium

Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC

Maserati Ghibli Base (RWD)

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.2

5.1

5.5

Quarter Mile (seconds)

13.3

13.6

13.4

Engine

3.0L, V6, turbocharged

3.0L, Inline-6, turbocharged

3.0L, V6, twin-turbocharged

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

6.0

5.7

7.6

Coming to competitor timings, the CLS comes a 1 millisecond faster in the 0-60mph test but loses with 3 milliseconds when pushed to the quarter-mile timer. The Ghibli despite more power output comes last in both the tests.

What about the braking performance of the Audi A7?

The braking department of the 2020 Audi A7 is handled by a 4 piston monoblock caliper in both front and rear, bitting into a 13.3-inch disc at the front and 13-inch disc at the rear. Braking feels confident enough due to the fact of adaptive air suspension which prevents any nose dive during heavy braking.

Model

Audi A7 Premium

Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC

Maserati Ghibli Base (RWD)

Brake front

(in.)

13.3

14.2

13.6

Brake Rear

(in.)

13.0

14.2

13.0

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

4,332

4,255

3,990

70-0 MPH (ft.)

157

167

N/A

Considering the braking distance of 70-0mph, the A7 stops at a distance which is almost 10ft shorter than the CLS. no timing for the Ghibli keeps it out from this test.

How is the Audi A7 to drive?

The A7 is the best Audi bought to the table. The force generated by the V6 engine is transferred to each of the four wheels by Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which is among the best AWD out there, if not the best on the planet. Consequently, this vehicle has extraordinary stability and perfect in getting the power on the road with the most traction possible, regardless of the street condition.

The inclining roofline guarantees that the focal point of gravity is low. In this manner, the body rollover is negligible and you will have the option to move toward turns with confidence at higher speeds.

2020 Audi A7 Sedan's ride quality is exceptionally comfortable

The general ride quality is exceptionally comfortable. The suspension handles every one of the knocks and street flaws well overall, and sometimes you will feel that the vehicle isn't moving at all in any way, this signifies the comfort level.

The 2020 A7 accompanies 5 drive modes; Efficiency, Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual. The Dynamic mode puts the best out of this car in terms of performance.

2020 Audi A7 Fuel Economy

Due to the replacement of supercharger by a turbocharger, this Audi powerhouse has been transformed as a fuel-efficient engine. The Audi A7 figures out how to create a mileage of 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.

The joined figure of 25 MPG is just about 2 units less than its previous generation. With a range of 500-mile, it guarantees lesser fuel stops with the greater 19.3-gallon tank.

Model

Audi A7 Premium

Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC

Maserati Ghibli Base (RWD)

MPG (city)

22

23

17

MPG (highway)

29

30

24

MPG (combined)

25

26

19

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

19.3

21.1

21.1

Range (city/highway) (miles)

425/560

485/633

359/506

The average figures are better if not the best. Similar figures are on the efficiency chart of Mercedes CLS. The Maserati Ghibli scores as the least efficient car out of the three.

2020 Audi A7 Interior

7.5/10

When you cross the $50k price segment mark, most of the features start to get basic and readily available across all trims. Features such as leather seats, infotainment systems. What is left to talk about in this segment is luxury features like heated and massage seats with a wide range of adjustments and four-zone climate control for individual preferences.

 2020 Audi A7 Sedan Front Seats

As you move up the trim on the A7, the feature list starts to add lavishness. The cabin feels open with lots of room due to the panoramic sunroof. Although the rear headroom might feel uncomfortable for long passengers. No complaints in terms of leg and shoulder room anywhere inside.

Model

Audi A7 Premium

Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC

Maserati Ghibli Base (RWD)

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.0/57.2/41.3

36.9/57.8/41.9

38.8/57.8/37.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.1/55.9/37.0

38.8/56.5/33.2

38.8/56.5/33.2

There is no second thought to interior comfort provided by Mercedes, the same goes for the CLS 450. It offers the top level of comfort and space when compared with the A7. coming to Ghibli, it remains at third position here too.

Does the Audi A7 comes loaded with tech inside?

Mercedes might be famous for luxurious interiors, but when it comes to the loaded tech inside, Audi takes a lead. The A7 can be called a sports tech house on wheels without any second thoughts. The list of features keeps on increasing as you move up on the trim level.

  • Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3-inch high definition driver’s console display)
  • Head-up display with navigation information
  • MMI touch response system with dual center displays (10.1" upper and 8.6" lower) with haptic feedback
  • Voice Control System
  • Amazon Alexa integration
  • Audi smartphone interface with wireless Apple Carplay and wired Google Android Auto
  • Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System with 16 speakers, 15-channel amplifier and 705 watts
  • SiriusXM with a 90-day trial subscription
  • Bluetooth wireless technology with audio streaming for compatible devices

What are the creature comforts on offer in the Audi A7?

To increase the convenient and luxurious factors which makes the A7 stand apart from the competition. More features are also added making the list even longer.

  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Power tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column with memory
  • Frameless auto-dimming interior rearview mirror with digital compass
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Ambient LED interior lighting package—multicolor
  • Dual-pane acoustic glass
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Heated and ventilated twelve-way power front seats including four-way power lumbar adjustment for driver and front passenger
  • Split-folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks
  • Heated rear seats

What about the Audi A7’s utility?

This is the segment where the A7 clean swipes its competitors, all because of the Sportback styling. The Audi can hold 24.9 cubic ft of cargo even with all the seats folded up. To give a better overview, this is more than double of what the Mercedes CLS is capable of in terms of cargo space.

Helping in easy opening and closing of the tailgate. It comes with a power tailgate option that can open and close the tailgate with just a touch of a button.

Model

Audi A7 Premium

Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC

Maserati Ghibli Base (RWD)

Cargo Volume (with all seats upright)(ft.3)

24.9

11.9

17.7

Cargo Volume (with rear seats folded)(ft.3)

N/A

N/A

N/A

The A7 completely dominates the competition yet again in the cargo section too. The Maserati Ghibli takes the second position in cargo space and utility.

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2020 Audi A7 Exterior

Look twice? Definitely. The Audi A7 is a looker from every angle, but specifically from front and rear because of the new head and taillight setup. New welcoming light show by the taillights will get you stuck at locking and unlocking again and again. Front octagonal grille facial is inspired by the flagship crossover the Q8.

 2020 Audi A7 Sedan 3 Quarter View

Later the grill blends into the bonnet and sidelines neatly. The sloping roofline blends swiftly into the rear windshield. All these sharp lines help in improving the character of the car. One more addition is now the taillamps are stretched across the rear to give a different yet stylish look. 

Model

Audi A7 Premium

Mercedes CLS 450 4MATIC

Maserati Ghibli Base (RWD)

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4332

4255

3990

Length (in.)

195.6

196.4

195.7

Width (in.)

75.1

73.8

76.6

Height (in.)

56.0

56.3

57.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.4

3.9

4.5

Wheelbase (in.)

115.2

115.7

118.0

Track Width (in.) F/R

65.0/64.4

64.4/65.1

64.4/65.1

While going against both competitors, there is not much to differentiate them in terms of numbers. The ghibli remains the tallest by just an inch. Both Audi and Merc remain almost identical in terms of outside dimensions. 

What are the eye-catching features of the Audi A7?

It doesn't take much to differentiate an Audi out from the crowd. Not only the four rings but the sharp design language distinguish them apart. Some of the distinct design factors are listed below.

  • 19" 10-Y-spoke design wheels
  • Audi Singleframe octagonal grille
  • HD Matrix-design LED headlights with Audi laser light and high-beam assist
  • LED taillights with animation
  • LED turn signals integrated into the exterior side mirrors
  • Auto-dimming, power-folding, heated exterior side mirrors with memory
  • Adaptive rear spoiler
  • Headlight washers
  • Power soft-closing doors
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2020 Audi A7 Safety

The Audi comes stacked with safety highlights which are basic for a vehicle of this range. The safety highlight list is long including airbags for knees and head, tire pressure checking system, electric parking brake, etc. The rundown of all the security highlights includes the following.

  • Advanced Airbag Protection System with 6 airbags
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) in rear seats
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Rearview camera with guidelines

2020 Audi A7 Competition

2020 Audi A7 vs Mercedes-Benz CLS 450

The German mammoths have left an imprint in the car world. Although, both these vehicles have achieved specific notoriety in various divisions inside and out. This is the place you need to say something. 

 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450

The Merc offers great performance and space, in any case, it misses out to the Audi in the quality factor and the luxurious element list. Likewise, the Merc's sticker price further neutralizes its support, which is the reason it's the Audi that improves a recommendation in general.

2020 Audi A7 vs Maserati Ghibli

Maseratis have consistently been known to be infamous with regard to construction quality and reliability. The A7 exploits the Ghibli's shortcoming and offers a solid expression by offering the best of these variables. Additionally, there is no coordinating Audi A7 regarding innovation.

2020 Maserati Ghibli

All things considered, the A7 likewise removes the cake with better handling and a punchier powertrain which is the reason it is the one to go for. Not to overlook, the four-ringed Sportback is additionally the more affordable one out of the two.  

2020 Audi A7 Final Verdict

If you are in the market searching for a performance car with the capacity to take the whole family on a trip, the A7 is the one to go for. Just in light of the fact that it brings along the oomph factor of the A8L yet doesn't miss out on its lively attributes, and this is the thing that makes it an exceptional purchase out of the standard alternatives that you have in the market.

Besides, it is dependable, well-constructed and extraordinary compared to other element stacked vehicles in the competition. Consequently, in case you're thinking about the A7, we'd recommend you feel free to get it.