2021 Audi A7

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2021 Audi A7 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020
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An optimum balance of raw comfort and performance alongside exquisite style and luxury is what defines the second-gen Audi A7. Launched in 2019, the inside-out revised second-gen Audi A7 went on to win million hearts in no time. And why not? In its revised second-generation, it was now more grown-up, more stylish, more comfortable along with all the latest cutting-edge technology.

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Pros

Impeccable interior design with luxury

Abundant standard features 

Advanced safety systems and Driver Assistance technology

Sleek and trendy design

Cons

Unintuitive infotainment system

Rear headroom is limited due to sloppy roofline

Price tag is somewhat steep when it comes to higher variants

What's New?

New standard 20-inch all-season tires on the base model

A top-view camera system is offered with MMI navigation High as an option.

The Prestige trim gets massive 21-inch wheels with summer tires

An adaptive steel suspension system is offered in the higher trim

New Advanced safety systems in the Driver Assistance package


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2021 Audi A7 in Brilliant Black color 2021 Audi A7 in Glacier White color 2021 Audi A7 in Tango Red Metallic color 2021 Audi A7 in Black color 2021 Audi A7 in Black color
Brilliant Black

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Ratings

Interior

8.0

Safety

9.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Audi A7 Prestige

Prestige

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$69,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7AM) Starting at $69,200 MSRP (22/25/29) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive TBD

2021 Audi A7 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$69,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7AM) Starting at $69,200 MSRP (22/25/29) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive TBD

2021 Audi A7 Premium

Premium

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$69,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7AM) Starting at $69,200 MSRP (22/25/29) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed auto-shift manual all wheel drive TBD

Expert Review

8.5

Overall Rating


Even more interesting was the fact that the new Audi A7 now promised better performance and efficiency as well. Thanks to its refreshed powertrain that was also a part of its makeover therapy. Fresh as a daisy, the A7 moved into its 2020 model without any major changes and very likely so.

With no severely close competition and still a very delicious package for the modern generation, the 2021 Audi A7 follows the same suite. However, there are some minute feature updates for the namesake to make it sound fresh. Also what has changed is the price. With a bump of $1195 over the 2020 base model, the 2020 Audi A7 starts at $70,195. On that note, we take a quick look here at what the 2021 Audi A7 has to offer us.


 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2021 Audi A7 Features

With bare minimal changes to the lineup, the 2021 comfortably retains its three-tier trim structure. A Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige model to choose from and all standard with the same 3.0-liter turbo V6 and AWD. What still differentiates the three-trims from each other is the varying degree of opulence and cutting-edge features as you cross the trim-ladder.

Trim Premium Premium Plus Prestige
MSRP $70,195 $75,345 $79,345
Key Features Rain-sensing windshield wipers In addition to or replaces Premium trim features with: In addition to or replaces Premium Plus trim features with:
  20-inch Alloys with all-season tires Audi Virtual Cockpit 21-inch Alloy wheels with summer tires
  HD Matrix design LED headlights with high-beam assist Heated front seats and Three-zone Automatic Climate Control Dual Pane Acoustic Glass for a quieter cabin
  MMI Navigation with 8.8-inch display Wireless Cell phone Hookup Signature Matric design LED headlight and taillight with animation
  Smart Driver Assistance systems by Audi 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound system SiriusXM AM/FM/HD Satellite with Seek-Scan
  Panoramic Sunroof LED taillights with animation Power soft closing doors

*2020 data used for reference

2021 Audi A7 Engine and Performance

The 2021 Audi A7 continues sourcing its power from the familiar 3.0-liter turbo V6 engine. This is the same power plant which also powers the Q7, Q8, A6 and even the A8. Mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch S Tronic transmission, the engine makes 335 hp and 369 ft-lbs of torque. 

Assisted by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, the engine is a gem to drive on the road. Its power output might not be very tempting on paper, but on the move, the engine seems to have a plentiful punch to keep pulling it all day with a smile. Thanks to its maximum torque coming in at 1500 rpm available in a wide band ranging from 1370 to 4500 rpm. With minimal turbo-lag, the engine responds overwhelmingly at lower speeds along with generous mid-range pull for easy highway passings. Credit also goes to the 7-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic transmission which is very smooth, precise and quick in its operation. 

Models

2021 Audi A7 Prestige package (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC

2020 BMW 840i Gran Coupe

2020 Genesis G90 3.3T

MSRP

$70,195

$72,450

$84,900

$75,695

Engine

3.0-liter turbo V6

3.0-liter turbo inline-6

3.0-liter turbo inline-6

3.3-liter turbo V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-speed Auto-Shift

9-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

335 @ 5000

362 @ 5500

335 @ 6500

365 @ 6000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

369 @ 1370

369 @ 1600

368 @ 1600

376 @ 1300

Among its segment though, there is not a very large variety of power and all the other cars happen to be around somewhat similar power range. However, the Mercedes Cls 450 and Genesis G90 get a small edge over the Audi A7 and BMW 840i Gran Coupe. While the Merc churns out 362 hp, the Genesis is good for 365 hp. Even in terms of power delivery and performance, none of these cars disappoint with all having their very own distinct USP. However, with its power-edge, the Merc happens to be a bit more dynamic and enthusiastic than the A7. 

How quick is the 2021 Audi A7?

Quick-firing startups is an art where the Audi A7 is very skillful at. A turbo engine coupled with a slick transmission and mild-hybrid assistance makes the stylish Audi extremely light on its feet. Furthermore, Audi’s legendary Quattro’ AWD system ensures that it has all the grip and traction to get past the line as quickly as possible. As a result of these efforts, the 2021 Audi A7 races from 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.

Models

2021 Audi A7 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC

2020 BMW 840i Gran Coupe

2020 Genesis G90 3.3T

0-60 MPH

5.2

4.9

4.7

5.3

Quarter mile

13.3

13.3

13.3

13.9

Top Speed

130

155

155

155

Engine

3.0-liter turbo V6

3.0-liter turbo inline-6

3.0-liter turbo inline-6

3.3-liter turbo V6

While the A7 does feel real quick and snappy off the line, it's still not the quickest in its segment. Surprisingly though, even with a similar 335 hp motor, the BMW 840i turns out to be the best sprinter in the class. The Bimmer runs from 0-60 mph in 4.7-seconds flat. Thanks to its lighter body and a lightning fast ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.

How well does the 2021 Audi A7 brake?

Braking performance plays a pivotal role when it comes to potent and luxury sedans. With 4-wheel ventilated discs alongside 4-wheel ABS and automated emergency braking, the Audi A7 does its best to break its momentum under the most unpleasant circumstances. 

Model

2021 Audi A7 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC

2020 BMW 840i Gran Coupe

2020 Genesis G90 3.3T

Brake Front (in)

13.3

14.2

NA

14.2

Brake Rear (in)

13.0

14.2

NA

13.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

4332

4255

4201

4806

70-0 MPH (ft.)

157 

167

151

NA

With a braking distance of just 157-feet from 60 mph to 0, the Audi A7 does get a good set of braking apparatus. The brake pedal feels firm and confident and also has a very good bite into it with no fade at all. We don't have braking data for the Genesis G90, but from what we have, the BMW 840i Gran Coupe seems to be blessed with the best brakes in the lot. The BMW’s braking distance of 15i-feet from 60-0 is a very strong substantiation to the aforementioned claim. 

How well does the 2021 Audi A7 handle?

The Audi A7 already enjoyed a good recognition for its ride and handling. With the second-gen evolution, it further polished its skills with enhanced aerodynamics, refined technology and better stability. On straight stretches the A7 is calm and compliant with a buttery-smooth and silent ride quality. However, try to be a bit sporty with it and it doesn't fail to surprise you. Not only does the powertrain delights you with its swift responses but so does its mechanics. 

In comfort mode, the A7 keeps things soft and subtle while the available dynamic mode does enlight some enthusiasm along with some added stiffness and vibrations. However, the adaptive dampers do a very good job in mitigating contacts with potholes and bumps even with the larger 21’ inch wheels. The nicely tuned suspension along with the sophisticated AWD system allows optimum traction and flexibility under most circumstances while keeping the body movements under check. Flick it into corners and the A7 and it negotiates them with great confidence and grip. The steering wheel too has a nice heft and directness into it and it also changes its behavior and temperament according to various driving modes. Get behind the wheel of the 2021 Audi A7 and its unraveling enthusiasm and spirit will tend you to keep spinning it all day long for sure. 

2021 Audi A7 Fuel Economy

In a high-end luxury sports sedan that costs around $70k, fuel economy shouldn’t be a necessary deal-breaker. However, for those it does, the A7 doesn't disappoint either. Thanks to the 48-volt mild hybrid companion to its turbo V6 pot. Blending in performance and efficiency, the 2021 Audi A7 delivers 22 in city, 29 on highway and 24 mpg combined economy.

Models

2021 Audi A7 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC

2020 BMW 840i Gran Coupe

2020 Genesis G90 3.3T

MPG (City)

22

24

22

17

MPG (Highway)

29

31

29

25

MPG (Combined)

24

26

24

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.3

21.1

18

21.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

424.6/559.7/463.2

443.1/569.7/485.3

396/522/432

372.30/547.5/438.0

While the A7’s fuel efficiency certainly seems fair enough for its class, it's not the best in class though. In terms of efficiency, it's the Mercedes CLS 450 that takes the top spot in the class with its 26 mpg combined economy. Thanks to the Merc’s refined powertrain, lighter body and efficient power to weight distribution. 

2021 Audi A7 Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the new Audi A7 reflects luxury all over. With a genteel material selection, impeccably crafted interiors and sheer attention to detail, it offers one of the best cabins in the segment. Highlighted by three screens, and drenched in gloss-black and silver accents, the interior does feel tech-rich and futuristic too. After all, it's an Audi and you do get dual-tone interiors with soft-touch materials almost everywhere you put your hands on.

The leather-soaked seats are wide and comfortable and offer excellent bolstering and under-thigh support. You also get 12-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, ventilation and power lumbar support. Even the rear seats get heating functionality and have a comfortable recline angle as well. However, because of its dramatic roofline, getting in and out of the rear seats might be a bit uncomfortable for taller passengers. 

Models

2021 Audi A7 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC

2020 BMW 840i Gran Coupe

2020 Genesis G90 3.3T

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37/57.2/41.3

36.9/57.8/41.9

36.9/NA/41.9

41.1/59.1/46.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/55.9/37

35.9/56.5/35

35.9/NA/35.0

38/57.9/37.8

Even with its high style quotient, where the 2021 Audi A7 surprises are with its space inside the cabin. not as good as the Genesis G90, but there is ample room at both the benches that should be pretty convenient for even taller passengers. Even though the headroom seems like a hurdle for taller occupants, the A7’s headroom both at the front and rear is better than the Merc and Bimmer.

Though legroom is fine at the rear it's the least in the A7’s front row. Combine all together and the 2021 Audi A7 offers one of the most opulent and comfortable cabins in its class. It's spacious, premium and rich with a multitude of features as well. Some of the highlights of the 2021 Audi A7’s interior features are mentioned below.

Interior features:

  • 12-way power front seats with heating, ventilation and power lumbar-support
  • Heated and split-folding rear seats
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Ambient LED interior lighting
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Dual-pane acoustic glass
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Gloss black and silver interior accents

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Audi A7?

The 2021 Audi A7 features the tech-rich and slick infotainment setup unveiled with its second-generation. The infotainment system is an amalgamation of three-screens placed around the cabin. First up there’s a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment slashed into the dash that takes care of all the connectivity and multimedia needs. then there's an 8.6-inch touchscreen sitting below the infotainment screen that controls all the climate, temperature and fan settings. Both these screens sare tilted toward the driver for better accessibility and convenience. Finally, there's a 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit that assists the driver with various vehicle details and safety alerts. 

The system is sharp and crisp with large icons and is also energetic in its responses. However, the complex interface does make it difficult to configure at times. No dearth of connectivity and entertainment needs and the system comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot and a 10-speaker audio system. There's also an upgradable 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio on tap that comes standard on the Prestige trim. Overall, the e2021 Audi A7 offers a great suite of connectivity and entertainment. Some of the key features of its infotainment system are listed below.

Infotainment Features:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment
  • 12.3-inch digital drivers display
  • Apple CarPaly and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth and USB
  • WiFi hotspot and Satellite radio
  • 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio
  • Head-up display with navigation information
  • Voice Control System
  • Amazon Alexa integration

How much cargo can the 2021 Audi A7 carry?

The 2021 Audi A7 is a spacious sedan with enough cargo volume to stash up your luggage for a long weekend getaway. The latest model of the Audi A7 gets a decent-sized cargo with a capacity of about 24.9 cubic feet with rear seats up. Thanks to its hatchback-like rear lift-gate that adds to its generosity. Furthermore, it also gets a split-folding rear seatback and pass-through center armrest adds some extra loading convenience. 

Models

2021 Audi A7 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC

2020 BMW 840i Gran Coupe

2020 Genesis G90 3.3T

Cargo Capacity (ft³)

24.9

11.9

16.0

15.7

There’s no comparing the Audi A7’s cargo space with its rivals. Not only does its dramatic profile -guided cargo room is best in class but is somewhat close to those of crossovers. However, among the traditional members of the segment, the BMW M840i does a decent job of helping its buyers with a 16.0 cu-fts of space at the rear. 

What are other storage spaces inside?

The interior cabin of the new A7 also features multiple small-item storage spaces to improve accessibility. With a deep glovebox, a center armrest console bin, dual cup holders, side door pockets, and rear seatback sleeves, it takes good care of your drinks and beverages on the go.

2021 Audi A7 Exterior

With no exterior changes, the 2021 Audi A7 proudly sports its seductive curves which were brought by its second-gen redesign in 2019. It doesn't even need updates and changes, at least as of now. It looks so complete and stunning. A lower body with a curvy roofline and edgy highlights make it a head turner on the streets. All thanks to its redesign though which further chiseled its crisp exterior highlights. The second-gen Audi A7 now gets a bolder and aggressive face with larger and lower hexagonal grille flanked by two large air-intakes. 

The side-profile is obviously highlighted by its dramatic roof that is lower than its first generation. The large 20’ inch standard wheels housed in large wheel arches add to its bold stature. A strong shoulder-line running all the way from the hood to the rear enhances its majestic presence. At the rear, you get a raised hip line alongside horizontally-integrated tail lamps as well a lip=spoiler that flips out at speeds above 80 mph. Not to forget its redesigned and slim headlamps and tail lamps that perform a sequential-dancing every time you lock or unlock the car. 

Models

2021 Audi A7 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC

2020 BMW 840i Gran Coupe

2020 Genesis G90 3.3T

Curb Weight (lbs)

4332

4255

4201

4806

Length (inches)

195.6

199.1

200.2

204.9

Width (inches)

75.1

74.4

76.1

75.4

Height (inches)

56

56

55.2

58.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

NA

3.7

NA

5.1

Wheelbase (inches)

115.2

115.7

119

124.4

Overall, the 2021 Audi A7 is a distinct looker in the segment that focuses heavily on its fashion quotient. The only car in the lot here that even tries to get close to the flamboyant Audi is the BMW 840i Gran Coupe with its curvy profile. However, no one does the curves and edges as good as Audi. The Mercedes CLS 450 too tries to visit Milan downtown but dons somewhat oval curves as compared to the sleek edges of the A7. The Genesis G90 has a complete stance of its own, one that emphasizes upon class, elegance and gentle presence. 

Some of the highlighted exterior features of A7 are:

  • Matric design headlights and LED taillights with animation
  • Massive alloy wheels with up to 21-inch and summer tires
  • Sleeker coupe-like design for better aerodynamic stability
  • Chrome-highlighted front grille
  • Heated mirrors
  • Flip-out lip-spoiler
  • Hands-free entry
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Steel adaptive suspension system

2021 Audi A7 Safety

9.0/10

Along with its distinct style and opulent presence, the 2021 Audi A7 also ensures a top of the line safety suite. Its storing safety apparatus starts right from its MLB platform which is considered to be one of the safest architectures right now in the industry. Along with the architecture, it does get all the latest equipment in modern automobile safety. no wonder, the 2020 Audi A7 enjoys a Top Safety Pick recognition by IIHS. Some of the safety highlights of the 2020 Audi A7 are listed below.

Safety Features:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Side Impact beams for added protection
  • Low Tire pressure warning system
  • Back-up Camera
  • Rear child safety locks
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Advanced Airbag Protection System with 6 airbags

2021 Audi A7 Competition

2021 Audi A7 vs Mercedes AMG CLS 450

In terms of performance, the Mercedes AMG definitely gets an upper hand with the new 4Matic AWD system, 3.0 Liter inline-6 engine, and a highly efficient 9-speed Automatic Transmission. In terms of interior, both cars share premium material selection and the latest infotainment range. The exterior design of the Audi A7 looks sporty with chrome finished grille and massive alloy wheels. While the Merc gets an upper hand with its industry-leading MBUX infotainment, the Audi A7 offers plenty of convenient tech on board as well as best in class cargo space.

2021 Audi A7 vs BMW 8-Series 840i Gran Coupe

Both cars show impressive performance numbers and compelling exterior design. The interior of the Audi A7 is crafted with genteel materials and a sophisticated infotainment range. On the other hand, the BMW 8-Series has sports trimmed seats with the addition of the latest infotainment range and connectivity options. While the Audi A7 offers impeccable looks alongside spacious interiors, the Bimmer excites with its energetic and swift powertrain which makes it more fun to drive.

2021 Audi A7 vs Genesis G90T

In terms of performance, the new Genesis G90T delivers great power numbers and high accelerating abilities. Even, with a lower price tag when compared with the A7, the G90 packs a brilliant amalgamation of luxury, comfort, space and tech. In fact, it is the most spacious in the competition here. however, when it comes to finesse in the premium luxury segment, the G90 still needs some significant homework to catch up with the A7. No wonder, the Audi A7 is more stylish, better to drive and handle, has a modern and tech-laden cabin along with better efficiency and cargo room than the G90. 

2021 Audi A7 Final Verdict

No doubt that the 2021 Audi A7 is one of the best vehicles in its class. If you are looking for a premium luxury sedan that looks unlike anything else on the road, is comfortable, premium and equipped with all the latest safety tech, the Audi A7 is your ultimate companion. Apart from all its charisma, the Audi A7 would also offer you dynamic athleticism along with ample cabin and cargo space. Above all, it’s relatively efficient as well.