The all-new 2019 Audi A7 brings the best of three worlds: sedan, sportback, coupe. These characteristics underscore the new A7's sportiness. Audi A7 blends the appeal of a coupe with the luxury and prestige of a sedan, with the functionality and versatility normally found in a wagon.
The A7 sits atop a lightweight chassis powered by a newly developed, highly efficient 3.0-liter 24-valve turbocharged V-6 engine with a 48-volt mild hybrid electric vehicle system with energy recuperation.
The system's combined horsepower is rated at 335 in a range from 5,000 to 6,400 rpm; torque is rated at 369 lb.-ft. from 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. Energy is transmitted from the longitudinally mounted front engine to the quattro AWD system with ultra technology that optimizes performance and efficiency via a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
-- EXTERIOR STYLING UNIQUE
The A7's roofline is low, with integrated rear doors projecting a coupe-like silhouette, frameless door windows, and side mirrors further enhancing the coupe-like form; while the "C"-pillar stretches rearward and flows into the shoulder character line. Audi's signature Singleframe grille is contoured at the hood's leading edge, featuring a chrome surround framing the high-gloss black lattices. An integrated rear spoiler automatically deploys at 80 mph and retracts at 50 mph -- and it may also be deployed manually.
-- COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
The ambience is heightened by rich chrome air vent bezels, with aluminum trim accents highlighting the optional layered-wood veneers, along with the height-adjustable-and-telescoping four-spoke steering wheel. The rear hatch provides a height-adjustable power-lift system. The cargo area is 24.5 cubic feet in its base form.
The safety inventory of the 2019 A7 reaffirms Audi's commitment to safety. Audi's Multi-Media-Interface provides the ultimate in connectivity via an 8-inch screen that emerges from the dash.
-- AS TESTED
My test 2019 Audi A7 came with the Prestige S line features and sported a rich Dakota Gray metallic exterior finish, complemented by a Velvet Beige interior with dark carpet. The base price was set at $68,000 while options and the destination charge racked up a final total price of $85,240.
The A7 is a technological marvel with Audi connect, which delivers real-time driver relevant information into the vehicle, such as the Google Earth navigation with voice recognition, Google Local Search and in vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity for up to eight devices.
The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission blends with Audi Drive select, incorporating the automatic gearbox, power steering, and engine to modify shift points, steering boost, and throttle characteristics via four modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.
In terms of acceleration, the A7 moves as if it were powered by a V-8, with smooth gear changes from the seven-speed transmission. Handling is crisp and sporty, and the ride is firm but comfortable and not harsh at all.
-- FINAL TAKE
Bottom line, if you're a luxury car shopper, then you owe it to yourself to give the A7 a drive. It would be a delight to own with its unique and attractive coupe-like looks, and its added versatility and functionality.
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|Base price||$68,000 (as tested: $83,240)|
|Curb weight||4,332 lbs.|
|Engine type||24-valve turbocharged V-6|
|Epa mileage rating||22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway|
|Fuel capacity||19.3 gal.|
|Horsepower (net)||335 at 5000 rpm|
|Overall length||195.6 in.|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||369 at 1370-4500 rpm|
|Vehicle type||5-passenger AWD sedan|
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