2018 Audi A7 Driving Impressions

Reaching beyond stylish appearance and energetic performance, agile handling and a compliant ride help the A7 maintain its status as a luxury automobile. With its nicely-balanced chassis, the hatchback is a joy to drive, even for everyday duties.

All-wheel-drive traction helps, too, resulting in an exquisitely poised and smooth road machine. A touch of sportiness rounds out the A7 picture, but there’s nothing harsh about the experience. Demanding enthusiasts might yearn for more feedback from the light steering setup, but most A7/S7 drivers should be wholly satisfied.

Emitting mellow sounds, the smooth-running V6 engine mates well with Audi’s quick-shifting 8-speed automatic. Exhibiting a neutral grip on the pavement, the hatchback shows only a hint of the nose-heavy nature of some past Audi models. Even on rough surfaces, the suspension reveals impressive compliance.

Thunderous performance is the byword for the S7 and its hotter-yet RS 7 offshoot. Although their suspensions are defiantly firm, the ride isn’t punitive.

For a powerful, strong-performance car, the A7 is thriftier than expected. The V6 model is EPA-rated at 20/29 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined, using premium gasoline. The 8-speed transmission lets the engine run at low, thriftier speeds much of the time. With its V8 engine, the 2017 S7 was EPA-rated at 17/27 mpg City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined. The RS 7 managed only 15/25/18 mpg.

Request More Info