2021 Audi A7 Sportback

2021 Audi A7 Sportback Review: Power Cruiser

by Deiondre van der Merwe

The svelte A7 Sportback returns for another year and it just keeps getting better. The 2020 Audi A7 Sportback was already a hit, but the 2021 lineup now offers a brand new plug-in hybrid model that produces 362 horsepower. Even if greener living isn't your thing, you can take your pick of any one of the configurations and go home happy. The A7 offers an abundance of space and a plush interior to boot, and it doesn't just have a nice personality - it's beautiful, too. Expect loads of comfort and power from the four-ringed exec, but don't get too excited because it's up against the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and the highly lauded Porsche Panamera, so it's safe to say that the competition is tough.

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2021 Audi A7 Sportback Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 A7 Sportback?

There are a few updates to the A7 Sportback lineup for 2021, all but one are very minor. The most noteworthy upgrade for 2021 would be the addition of the plug-in hybrid option, the 55 TFSI e, to the line. The new 2.0-liter engine is mated to an electric motor and the combination produces 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Other updates include standard 20-inch wheels on the base Premium trim and a top-view camera and MMI navigation are now included in the Convenience package for this trim. Premium Plus models now get adaptive cruise assist and emergency assist as standard, and a newly available Sport package for the Prestige adds 21-inch wheels with summer tires and an adaptive steel suspension.

Pros and Cons

  • Strong engine options
  • Available plug-in hybrid model
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Loaded with convenience features and tech
  • Limited headroom in comparison to rivals
  • Not the best fuel economy
  • Additional packages are expensive

2021 Audi A7 Sportback Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Prestige 55 TFSI quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$69,200
Premium Plus 55 TFSI quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$69,200
Premium 55 TFSI quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$69,200

A7 Sportback Exterior

Audi stuck to its traditional recipe for the A7 Sportback, which isn't a bad thing at all. The minimalist design still manages to turn heads and the Audi exudes class from every inch of metal. The front end is home to a wide grille with slim, geometric LED headlights on either side. Following the sloped roof to the futuristic rear end culminates in LED taillights that are joined by a thin light band that stretches across the tailgate. All trims come standard with a set of 20-inch wheels and all models get a panoramic sunroof. Notably, plug-in hybrid models come standard with S line bumpers, fender badges, and stainless steel door sill inlays, which differentiates them from gas models.

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Dimensions

The Audi A7 Sportback is slightly smaller than both the Panamera, but the CLS-Class is slightly longer and narrower in terms of dimensions. It has a length of 195.6 inches and a 115.2-inch wheelbase, which means it's still quite large compared to the average car on the road. Its hunkered-down appearance is attributable to its width of 83.4 inches including mirrors and its 56-inch height - plug-in derivatives are a fraction lower at 55.9 inches. Standard variants have a curb weight of 4,332 pounds, while plug-in hybrids weigh 4,773 lbs.

  • Length 195.6 in
  • Wheelbase 115.2 in
  • Height 56.0 in
  • Max Width 75.1 in
  • Front Width 65.1 in
  • Rear Width 64.4 in

Exterior Colors

Audi makes a host of exterior hues available for the A7, two of which are standard. Brilliant Black and Ibis White are the two colors available at no extra cost, and buyers have a choice between ten additional metallic shades for $595. Some rich metallic options include Avalon Green, Firmament Blue, and Triton Blue. The elegant range is inclusive of Carat Beige, Florett Silver, Glacier White, and Soho Brown. If a stormy palette is more your style, you can pick Typhoon Grey, Vesuvius Grey, and Mythos Black. If you opt for the top two trims - or any hybrid A7 - Tango Red is added to the extra-cost palette; it's worth noting that Triton Blue, Typhoon Grey, and Soho Brown are not available to the plug-in trims. If none of these tickle your fancy, you can opt for one of Audi's many exclusive special paint colors for $3,900.

  • Typhoon Gray Metallic
  • Tango Red Metallic
  • Navarra Blue Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
  • Triton Blue Metallic
  • Carat Beige Metallic
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Soho Brown Metallic
  • Avalon Green Metallic
  • Vesuvius Gray Metallic
  • Firmament Blue Metallic
  • Ibis White
  • Brilliant Black

Audi A7 Turbo Performance

We have the 335 hp V6 to thank for a refined and continuous supply of power, though the A7 wasn't built to be a monster. Instead, it delivers those horses in a polite manner to the quattro system. That being said, you'll hardly be disappointed by the brisk acceleration in day to day driving experiences thanks to the Audi A7's turbo lag being near non-existent. That's because the mild-hybrid system on regular models mitigates most of the hesitation from the turbocharger and allows for a near-seamless stop and go function. The A7 makes the run from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds, falling slightly behind the CLS 450's 5.1 seconds. Audi's new plug-in hybrid model bumps up the horsepower figure to 362 hp, although it achieves a slightly slower 5.7-second zero to sixty run as a result of the extra weight from the battery pack.

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Engine and Transmission

The 2021 Audi A7 Sportback line makes two engines available. The standard turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 is aided by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and produces 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, sending power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The CLS puts out a slightly higher 362 horsepower, but the torque figure is the same, and the standard Panamera is slightly less powerful. New for 2021, the A7 is now available with a plug-in hybrid set-up. The greener option is made up of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot mated to an electric motor which, when working as a team, puts out 362 hp and 369 lb-ft. This set-up is backed by a 14.1-kWh battery back and shares the same transmission with its V6-powered twin. There aren't any immediate competitors for the A7 PHEV, as the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has far more power with a twin-turbocharged V6 paired with an electric motor that produces a combined 457 horses and 516 lb-ft. For the A7, there are no other powertrain alternatives in the US, and the 3.0-liter TDI from yesteryear is no longer available. Diesel options, as the other end of the emissions spectrum to plug-ins, remain unpopular in the States.

  • Engine
    3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Despite its significant dimensions, the experience behind the wheel of a 2021 Audi A7 doesn't make you feel as if you're trying to steer a yacht in the right direction. Is it a true performance car? No, but it's quick enough to mitigate boredom in traffic. It's agile enough and boasts responsive steering, but lacks a true connection to the driver. The A7 was built with comfort in mind, and it does that really well. It may not have the outright cornering ability of its sportier stablemates, but the A7 is still more than capable of tackling your favorite driving roads, when conditions allow. Its standard suspension does a good enough job of navigating twistier roads. The addition of the sport suspension from the S line package improves the A7's sport-focus slightly, but stick to the comfort-based suspension if you know you're not going to try and channel your inner F1 driver.

That brings us to what the A7 excels at. Plush ride quality is something that the sizeable cruiser delivers effortlessly. Longer journeys are blissful when your well-to-do posterior is being cushioned by premium German engineering.

Audi A7 Quattro Gas Mileage

The purchase cost of the Audi A7 may be high, but you're not going to be spending unnecessary money on fuel bills. The standard 3.0-liter turbo engine returns EPA estimates of 22/29/24 mpg, an improvement on the Porsche Panamera's 19/27/22 mpg figures. It's similar to the CLS 450 4Matic's estimates of 22/29/25 mpg, though. Official gas mileage estimates from the EPA for the plug-in hybrid are a 29 combined gas-only mpg rating, and 68 MPGe.The A7 PHEV allows for 24 miles of electric-only range, too. When the 19.3-gallon fuel tank is full, the A7 will allow for around 440 miles of range.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    19.3 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/29 mpg
* 2021 Audi A7 Sportback Premium Plus 55 TFSI quattro

A7 Sportback Interior

The interior of the 2021 A7 Sportback is one place where we genuinely couldn't find something tangible to complain about. The inside is as great as it gets, and every component is covered by something expensive, be it leather upholstery or soft-touch materials for the dash and the doors. It's spacious and offers a supreme level of comfort, thanks to excellent seating. If the thought of getting coddled from the time you get in, to the time you get out, isn't enough, the tech will be. The multitude of screens and buttons are expertly laid out and effortless to reach, making even the simplest of tasks even easier. The inside is an 11 out of 10 - take our money.

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Seating and Interior Space

Technically speaking, the A7 is a five-seater luxury car, but keeping to a maximum of four adults will be way more comfortable. The front of the A7 offers boundless space for even the tallest of adults, and six-footers won't struggle in the rear, either. In comparison, the CLS-Class offers more legroom in the front, but less head and legroom for back seat occupants. Standard seating is comfortable and supportive regardless of the trim level. The lower-ranked trims get heated four-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar adjustment for the driver, and the Prestige gets heating and ventilation for both front perches, and heated seats in the back, too. Leather upholstery is standard across the range, and massage function can be opted on for the Prestige for the front seats.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 37.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.1 in

Interior Colors and Materials

You could examine the A7's interior with a magnifying glass and you wouldn't find a stitch of discounted material used. The German automaker makes a host of upholstery and inlay options available, though certain trims and upholstery choices go hand-in-hand. All trim levels get the choice between fine grain Natural Ash Brown wood or Dark Brown Walnut wood inlays. The Premium and Premium Plus get three standard leather upholstery options to go with the Moon Silver headliner: Black with Rock Gray stitching, Okapi Brown with Steel Gray stitching, and Pearl Beige with Agate Gray stitching. The Prestige gets exclusive access to Valcona/Milano leather in Sarder Brown with Rock Gray stitching, but this requires adding on the $2,750 Luxury Package, which also adds extended leather on the dash, armrests, and center console.

A7 Sportback Trunk and Cargo Space

The A7 is the most practical of its rivals in terms of cargo space, offering 24.9 cubic feet behind the second row. This is significantly better than the Panamera's 17.6 cubes, and much more than double the CLS 450's 11.9 cubic feet of trunk space. On the odd occasion that you need more space, the 40/20/40 rear seats can be folded to free up some extra room in the trunk. The hybrid variants take a slight knock in cargo capacity, however, with 21.6 cubes available for your Louis Vuitton luggage set and tennis gear.

It's a good thing that hatchback-style trunk is cavernous, though, because in-cabin storage isn't the best. Four small cupholders can be found in the front and the rear and the door pockets are on the slim side. There are two storage compartments in the console, but one only allows enough space for a few credit cards. The glove compartment is a decent size, at least.

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A7 Sportback Infotainment and Features

Features

Regardless of trim level, the A7 comes loaded with luxury and convenience features. Premium models get a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free tailgate, keyless entry, push-button start, and three-zone climate control. The list goes on with a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, heated four-way power-adjustable seating with lumbar support, and LED interior lighting. Premium Plus models add the contents of the Convenience Package, which includes a heated steering wheel, Audi's virtual cockpit, and various safety assists. The Prestige models get four-zone climate control, soft-closing doors, heating and ventilation on the front seats, heated rear seats, and multicolor ambient lighting

As for driver-assist tech, the Premium comes standard with lane departure warning, Audi pre sense basic, and pre sense front, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, and a rearview camera. The Premium Plus welcomes Audi side assist and pre sense rear, a top view camera with a 360-degree view, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, and an upgraded parking assistance system with surround-view camera. The Prestige adds a head-up display.

Infotainment

The inside of higher trims in the A7 lineup resemble fully-equipped tech hubs, although even the base Premium trim gets the basics right. Dual touchscreens are beautifully integrated into the dash, and include a seven-inch driver information display and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. The setup is installed with Bluetooth, and full smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, SiriusXM, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. On the base model, ten speakers are factory-fitted, but this is upgraded to a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system from the Premium Plus, which does a much better job of playing your favorite music. Additionally, the mid-tier and top trim get a larger 10.1-inch infotainment screen (and an 8.6-inch HD touchscreen for driver information), wireless charging and a signal booster, as well as MMI Navigation plus with Audi connect and haptic touch.

A7 Sportback Problems and Reliability

The 2021 Audi A7 hasn't been subject to any recalls, but the 2020 model was recalled for one issue relating to the improper deployment of the passenger airbag. If reliability is a concern, the A7 comes with a four-year or 50,000-mile basic warranty as well as a drivetrain warranty that is valid for the same period. Hybrid and electric components are under warranty for eight years or 100,000 miles, and roadside assistance is included for four years.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

A7 Sportback Safety

The new Audi A7 has not yet been given a comprehensive review by the NHTSA or the IIHS, with only a single five-star rating given to the gas variants for side crash tests by the NHTSA. However, the IIHS's review of the A7 Sportback in 2020 resulted in the institution awarding it with a Top Safety Pick award, the second-highest accolade they can give.

Key Safety Features

The A7 lineup comes well-stocked with both traditional and driver-assist features in terms of safety. All models come with a six-airbag system inclusive of dual-front, front side, and side curtain airbags, though hybrid trims get rear-seat airbags additionally; these can also be opted onto the other trims at an extra cost. Safety features on the Premium are inclusive of a rearview camera, Audi pre sense basic and front, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and lane departure warning. The Premium Plus gets upgraded with the addition of a top-view camera, rear cross-traffic alert by means of Audi pre sense rear, Audi side assist, adaptive cruise assist and traffic jam assist. The Prestige is fully loaded with a head-up display to boot.

Verdict: 🏁Is the new Audi A7 Sportback a good car?

Is the Audi A7 a hatchback? Is it a sedan? A coupe? No one knows. What we know is that it's an excellent luxury car that surpasses expectations by many measures. The addition of the new plug-in hybrid model is a welcome one that will no doubt appeal to even more shoppers, it's a notable improvement for an already impressive lineup. The A7's standard engine is a well-oiled machine that rarely disappoints, though it's not truly sport-focused. The lack of connection between driver and car is a downfall that will be noticed by those who care. It does manage to return some decent fuel economy figures, though it's not the best in the segment. The plush ride quality is a plus and the gorgeous interior doesn't hurt either. It also doesn't sacrifice on trunk space and beats all of its rivals in this regard. However, the A7 is undercut by its own sibling, the A6, in terms of price and merits. Still, this Audi shows just how well the Germans can wrap power and luxury up and tie a perfect bow on the top.

🚘What's the Price of the Audi A7 Sportback?

The Audi A7's price is very similar to the CLS 450 in its base form, but its MSRP in any given spec is far lower than the Panamera. The entry-level Audi A7's MSRP is $69,200, and the Premium Plus bumps the asking price up to $74,350 with the V6 engine equipped. Opting for the plug-in hybrid set-up will increase the price slightly to $74,900. For Prestige models, the price of an Audi A7 Sportback in gasoline-powered form sits at $78,350, while the plug-in hybrid version bumps the number up to $80,250. The current MSRPs are only a slight increase on the 2020 Audi A7 prices and exclude a $1,045 delivery fee. Notably, opting for plug-in hybrid models allows for a federal tax credit of up to $6,712.

2021 Audi A7 Sportback Models

While there are technically two Audi A7 models for sale in the USA, a gas-fed variant and a hybrid, there are three trim levels available, although plug-in derivatives can only be had in mid- or top-tier guise. The trim levels are: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The available engines include a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 aided by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot mated to an electric motor and a 14.1 kWh battery pack. Both engines are coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all models come standard with Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive setup.

The Premium model boasts a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free tailgate, keyless entry, push-button start and three-zone climate control, as well as a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, heated power-adjustable seating up front with lumbar support for the driver. On the infotainment side, standard features include a dual-screen set-up with 8.8-inches allocated to infotainment, full smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as HD Radio, SiriusXM, Bluetooth streaming, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. A ten-speaker sound system is standard. Driver-assist features at this level comprise lane departure warning, front and rear acoustic parking sensors, Audi pre sense basic and front, and cruise control.

In terms of convenience, the Premium Plus adds a heated steering wheel, and a signal booster with a wireless charger. The acclaimed virtual cockpit is installed with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and infotainment gets upgraded with a bigger 10.1-inch upper screen and 8.6-inch lower, as well as a premium 16-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system. Driver-assist features are also improved with added adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist, pre sense rear, and a 360-degree top-view camera.

The top-level Prestige gets four-zone climate control, front seating with heating and ventilation, heated rear seats, and upgraded ambient lighting. There aren't many additional infotainment features over the mid-level trim, but it does get a head-up display included.

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Additional Packages

As a luxury sedan, even the base trims come fairly well-stocked. Still, you could customize your A7 in Premium configuration by opting for the $1,500 Convenience Package, which adds wireless charging and a signal booster, a heated steering wheel, a top-view camera, and rear cross-traffic alert with vehicle exit warning. It also equips the MMI Navigation system with larger dual screens. This package is already equipped to the Premium Plus, so available add-ons include the Executive Package for $1,750 for four-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, additional lumbar power adjustments for the front passenger, heating on the rear perches, and ambient lighting.

Two appearance bundles are available for the mid-range and top-tier trims too, with the Black Optic Package adding blacked-out exterior accessories, twin-arm titanium 20-inch wheels, and a sport suspension with a 20mm lowered ride height on the hybrid variants - it costs $750 on gas models and $1,000 on the PHEVs. The S line Package can only be had on gas-engined Premium Plus and Prestige trims as it is already fitted to hybrids, and costs $1,250 to equip S line bumpers, fender badges, illuminated door sill inlays, and the lowered ride height.

Unique to the Prestige is the Luxury Package, which adds individual contour front seats in Valcona/Milano leather with massage function and memory, multi-adjustable headrests, and leather trim for the dash, armrests, and center console. It adds $2,750 or $2,850 to your bill, with the higher charge allocated to the hybrid variants. Additionally, rear-passenger side airbags can be specified for $350 to all gas-powered cars - these are stock-fitted to the hybrid derivatives.

🚗What Audi A7 Sportback Model Should I Buy?

The base model in the Audi A7 quattro range is not badly equipped, but it misses out on a few crucial features. It is also not available with the hybridized powertrain, so we'd simply skip over it. While the top-level trim does get the benefit of a head-up display and the ultimate in opulence, it has all the same driver assists and infotainment elements as the mid-level model, so we'd recommend the Premium Plus - and, we'd have it with the hybrid powertrain for the savings in fuel used and the slight bump up in power. Throw in the Executive Package for added driver aids and ventilation to the front seats, and we'd be happy with the total of $78,195, inclusive of delivery, which still undercuts the top trim's sticker price.

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2021 Audi A7 Sportback Comparisons

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Audi A8 Audi
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi A7 Sportback335 hp22/29 mpg$69,200
Audi A6 248 hp24/32 mpg$54,900
Audi A8 335 hp17/26 mpg$86,500

2021 Audi A7 Sportback vs Audi A6

The two relatives from Audi share a lot of similarities; they have similar front-end designs and both come in the same three trims levels with similar features lists, but that's where the similarities end. The A6 is smaller overall, but the sloping roofline of the Sportback results in less headroom for passengers, but this can be set off by the ample cargo space provided by the A7 over the 13.7 cubic feet of the smaller sedan. And, the A6 doesn't have the optional plug-in hybrid powertrain available. But, as far as power plants go, the A6 has a choice between a 2.0-liter turbo unit with 248 hp, or the same motor that does duty in the gas-fed A7 - a 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 335 hp and 369 lb-ft. Interestingly, the EPA rates gas mileage with this powertrain as identical on both the A6 and A7. Although there is a big difference in price (almost $10k on base models with the 3.0-liter powertrain), many shoppers opt for the more expensive of the two based purely on the suave design and opulent feel. The best choice for you depends on your budget and personal preference, however.

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2021 Audi A7 Sportback vs Audi A8

As the A6 is the sedan version of the A7, the A8 is a big brother to both. Emphasis on big: its dimensions are staggering, with a 123.2-inch wheelbase and a length upwards of 208 inches. The idea behind this behemoth is simple, though, boundless space and luxury for passengers inside. There is only one trim level and it's filled to the brim with specs, comforts, and conveniences most of which are found on the top-end trim of the A7, too. Once again, the base powertrain is shared by the siblings, but an optional turbocharged V8 and a plug-in hybridized motor are also available, opening up power outputs to anything from the standard 335 hp and 443 hp from the hybrid, to 453 hp from the V8. Pricing differs by a whopping $17,300 if you're just comparing base models, and the top-end PHEV in A7 guise is also $15,650 less than the Prestige A8 plug-in. Neither are designed to be sportscars, or driven like that, and instead, the focus is on lounge-like opulence. Shoppers who intend to be chauffeured around will likely choose the A8, and have the budget to afford it.

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Audi A7 Sportback Popular Comparisons

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