by Aiden Eksteen
In a bid to electrify one third of its US portfolio by 2025, Audi introduced the A7 Hybrid Sportback to its ranks last year, alongside the Q5 SUV and the flagship A8 sedan. Under its hood is a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine augmented with a 17.9-kWh battery and an electric motor for a combined output rating of 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox directs outputs to the German automaker's quattro all-wheel-drive system. While the 2022 A7 plug-in is an eco-conscious vehicle, returning impressive gas mileage figures of 70 MPGe on electricity and 27 mpg in mixed driving scenarios, in reality, the electrification of the Sportback enhances performance as much as it lowers emissions and improves fuel economy. Put the pedal to the metal, and the A7 runs from 0 to 60 mph in a zippy 5.7 seconds. That positions the A7 right alongside its competitors in the form of the BMW 5 Series Hybrid and Volvo S90 Recharge.
The Audi A7 Hybrid debuted last year but it's already been improved for the 2022 model year. The battery increases in size from 14.1 to 17.9 kWh, boosting the combined cycle from 68 to 70 MPGe and the all-electric range from 24 to 26 miles. There are various changes to the normal A7 models and to the S7 in terms of equipment and detail specifications, but the hybrid A7 55 TFSI e S tronic models soldier on essentially unchanged this year.
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With plenty of power at the helm and balanced handling matched by lightness at the pumps and heavenly comfort, the Audi A7 Hybrid is an exceptional addition to the hybrid executive segment. It's one of the best, particularly for those who prefer the coupe-like styling over the traditional sedan bodies of the 5 Series and S90, but it'll cost buyers a whole lot to get into their garages, and that does play against the marque. The competition offers almost identical packages at lower fees by comparison, many of which have also received safety reviews from the NHTSA and IIHS, making them safer bets for those who shop on paper.
But no rivals deliver the same blend of style, luxury, and frugality, and Audi's recent offerings have also proven the brand's penchant for reliability - a key deciding factor for many early adopters of hybrid tech. The A7 Hybrid pulls its weight in a segment rife with competition and deserves a look from the well-heeled shoppers among us.
We couldn't possibly review the Audi A7 Hybrid without complaining about how much it costs. That's because the price of the Audi A7 Hybrid starts at $75,900 in the USA, while the MSRP of rivals is far lower. The BMW 5 Series Hybrid, for example, starts at $57,200. Opting for the higher-spec Prestige trim from Audi increases the cost to $81,250, before a destination and handling fee of $1,045. Sure, the Audi is more stylish than rivals and is based on the concept of a four-door coupe rather than a traditional sedan and has impressive specs, but even the more powerful Volvo S90 Hybrid only asks a little more than $60,000. The bigger battery means that the 2022 A7 Hybrid is eligible for a federal tax rebate of $7,500.
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