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Audi A7

(2018 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

64
%
C

Used car score:

60
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

66
%
C

Safety Rating:

76
%
B

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

8
%
E

Running Costs:

35
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

64
%
C

Used car score:

60
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

66
%
C

Safety Rating:

76
%
B

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

8
%
E

Running Costs:

35
%
E

Summary


The Audi A7 Sportback aims to fill the needs of those who want sleek looks in their car but also want to carry adults in the rear seats, and it meets the brief very well.

With its swooping rear this is one of the distinctive cars in the Audi range yet it is also practical – behind the plentiful rear-seat space there is a tailgate on a car whose silhouette suggests a boot lid. The A7 is based on the Audi A6 saloon, so it’s definitely a large car that runs to almost five metres length.

The Audi A7 Sportback comes with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. Depending on which you go for, the power will go to either the front or all four wheels. Common to all are mild hybrid systems that allow the car to coast at above 35mph, improving fuel economy. Or you can go the full hog with the TSFI e plug-in hybrid.

Top of the regular Audi A7 range is the S7, which is powered by a 344hp diesel engine. There is also seriously high-performance RS 7 model, which has its own Expert Rating page.

Reviewers like the refinement of the A7, especially under electric power, but less so its ride quality, which with the big wheels most suited to the looks makes for rather firm progress. The car is marked down for feeling less connected behind the wheel compared to rivals such as the Porsche Panamera.

When the current Audi A7 arrived in 2018, it brought with it significant technology. Niceties such as the digital touchscreens earn praise, as does the fit and finish of the interior, dubbed luxurious by many testers.

However, making full use of the tech means much dipping into the options list and the car quickly becomes very expensive – especially as Audi’s equivalent saloon, the A6, offers much of what the A7 does with more practicality and for nearly £10K less money.        

As of January 2024, the Audi A7 Sportback range holds a New Car Expert Rating of C (64%), based on 29 different reviews as well as Euro NCAP safety ratings, and running cost information. That score slips to a D (60%) as a used car.

Audi A7 highlights

  • Sleeker and more attractive than the A6 saloon
  • Rear-seat space belies its looks
  • High-tech specification
  • Refined petrol engine

Audi A7 lowlights

  • Expensive, especially once options are added
  • Firm ride, especially on largest available wheels
  • Handling prowess can’t match rivals
  • Touchscreens not easy to operate on the move

Key specifications


Body style: Large five-door liftback
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £57,660 on-road

Launched: Spring 2018
Last updated: Spring 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 93%
Child protection: 85%
Vulnerable road users: 81%
Safety assist: 76%

Notes on safety

The Audi A7 shares its safety rating with the A6 saloon upon which it’s based. The A6 was tested by Euro NCAP and awarded a five-star rating in 2018, and Audi was required to provide additional evidence to show that the A7 would behave the same way in an emergency to be awarded the same rating. The A6’s five-star rating was subsequently extended to cover all A7 models in 2019.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 50 TDI 4×4 Auto

Overall score: 1 stars
Date tested: February 2019
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 7.3 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 2.5 / 10

Notes on eco rating

The Green NCAP rating above only applies to the 3.0-litre diesel automatic 50 TDI version of the Audi A7, as Green NCAP ratings are specific to engine/gearbox/drivetrain.

If any other versions of the A7 are put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Audi A7 has a very poor reliability score as of January 2024, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation A7 and the original (pre-2018) version.

Around a quarter of all reported problems with the A7 relate to its engine, and repairs of this nature have an average repair bill of about £1,500. Even more expensive are gearbox issues, with an average repair bill of £3,000.

If you’re looking at a used Audi A7, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models35 mpgD30 – 36 mpgD – E
Diesel models45 mpgC35 – 50 mpgB – D
Plug-in hybrid models195 mpgA135 – 235 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models181 g/kmC176 – 215 g/kmC – D
Diesel models167 g/kmC146 – 208 g/kmB – D
Plug-in hybrid models33 g/kmA29 – 47 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models41 milesD28 – 42 milesD – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models47D40 – 50C – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£326C
Year 2£830C
Year 3£1,364C
Year 4£1,637C
Year 5£2,116C
Overall£6,273C

Running costs for the Audi A7 range are a mixed bag, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel economy is disappointing for petrol models but decent for diesel-engined versions. The plug-in hybrid models look amazing on paper, but this is largely thanks to ridiculous EU/UK government lab tests that are completely inadequate for plug-in hybrids. There is no way you will ever travel for 191 miles on a single gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and some electricity…

The battery range of the plug-in hybrid model is decent compared to most rivals, providing 41 miles of electric-only range. It means that most households could some most of their weekly driving without using any petrol, but not all without consistent recharging.

Compared to the rest of the large saloon sector, the car’s service and maintenance costs are pretty average. Insurance costs likely to be high, though, based on data from the UK’s insurance group assessor, Thatcham Research.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi A7 has received

2022

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Luxury Car

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The Audi A7 Sportback is surprisingly practical despite sleek looks. It bristles with technology but can’t match rivals in ride and handling.Audi A7