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2022 Audi A7 Sportback Review: Power Cruiser

by Deiondre van der Merwe

The svelte Sportback is back for another year of glory in the US, and the Audi A7 just keeps getting better. The 2021 Audi A7 Sportback brought with it a 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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2022 Audi A7 Sportback Changes: What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Audi A7 Sportback?

For the 2022 model year, the base Premium trim sees the most updates. It receives the 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster and the larger 10.1-inch upper infotainment screen, bringing it in line with the rest of the trims. Additionally, navigation becomes standard this year, as do rear-side airbags and a more advanced tire-pressure monitoring system. The options and packages have been streamlined and there have been a few changes to the exterior and interior colors.

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

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2022 Audi A7 Sportback Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Premium 55 TFSI quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$69,200
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 Plus 55TFSI e quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$75,900
Prestige 55 TFSI e quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$75,900
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2022 A7 Sportback Exterior

2022 Audi A7 Sportback Front View Audi
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Dimensions

  • 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
  • Curb Weight 4,332.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Manhattan Gray Metallic +$595
  • Chronos Gray Metallic +$595
  • Firmament Blue Metallic +$595
  • Florett Silver Metallic +$595
  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic +$595
  • Ultra Blue Metallic +$595
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect +$595
  • Tango Red Metallic +$595
  • Brilliant Black
  • Ibis White

2022 A7 Sportback Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid, 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 2022 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.

2022 A7 Sportback Interior

2022 Audi A7 Sportback Dashboard Audi
2022 Audi A7 Sportback Heated And Cooled Seating Adjustments Audi
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Seating and Interior Space

  • 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

2022 A7 Sportback Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Audi A7 Sportback Armrest Audi

2022 A7 Sportback Safety and Reliability

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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Side Crash Rating

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 plug-in hybrid model last year was 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.

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2022 Audi A7 Sportback Comparisons

Audi A6
Audi A8 Audi
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi A7 Sportback335 hp21/30 mpg$70,200
Audi A6 261 hp24/31 mpg$56,900
Audi A8 335 hp19/28 mpg$86,500

2022 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 trim 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 261 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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2022 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 $14,650 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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