the 2022 Audi A7 is a smooth operator. Audi discreetly hides a hatchback within its fastback profile that makes it more practical than other mid-size luxury sedans such as its corporate counterpart, the A6 sedan, or rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS450. While the A7’s racy roofline intrudes on rear-seat headroom, the rest of its cabin is beautifully appointed and packed with state-of-the-art tech.

Its 335-hp turbocharged V-6 teams with an unobtrusive dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. This polished powertrain makes the handsome hatch sneaky quick, but we wish it included a more exciting soundtrack. A plug-in-hybrid version also improves the lineup’s green cred. While all passengers will appreciate its tranquil ride quality, the driver will also enjoy its adroit handling and excellent outward visibility. The 2022 A7 isn’t perfect, but its prettiness and practical help put it near the top of its class.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2022 Audi A7‘s standard powertrain is a turbocharged V-6 that makes 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That power is delivered to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive through a seven-speed automatic transmission. The A7’s standard V-6 powertrain also uses a 48-volt hybrid-assist system that mini

mizes turbo lag and aids stop/start operation.

During everyday driving, we appreciated the Audi’s effortless quickness. Its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system provided excellent traction in wet and dry conditions. The automatic transmission intelligently reacted to both relaxed and energetic throttle inputs. If you’re looking for something with electric-only driving capability, you’ll need to upgrade to the new plug-in hybrid model, which makes 362 horsepower from its combination of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and onboard electric motor. We haven’t had the chance to test this model yet, but we’ve spent plenty of time with the standard V-6. Audi expertly blends luxury and agility on the 2022 Audi A7.

Its enthusiastic responses and ethereal ride quality immediately stood out while we were behind the wheel. Despite our test car’s optional 21-inch wheels, the expected thuds from harsh impacts went virtually unnoticed. Its supple suspension was equally successful at limiting body motions and maximizing smoothness. The steering response was linear, with adjustable heft available in different drive modes, but it never communicated what the front wheels were doing. The two A7 models we tested had impressive stopping power, with emergency braking distances of 157 feet and 163 feet.2019 audi a7 30t interior

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The 2022 Audi A7 with the six-cylinder engine is expected to earn 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. These numbers align with sedan rivals such as the BMW 540i xDrive (23 mpg city and 31 highway) and the CLS450 (22 city and 29 highway). The plug-in-hybrid A7 has a combined rating of 29 mpg (5 mpg higher than the nonhybrid’s combined estimate), and it has an electric-only range of 24 miles. The V-6-powered Audi we tested greatly exceeded its highway rating, earning an impressive 36 mpg on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. The CLS450 also returned 36 mpg during our highway test, and the Bimmer achieved 34 mpg. For more information about the A7’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The A7’s interior has impeccable fit and finish and is highlighted by attractive materials and sturdy switchgear. Every cabin has ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, leather seating surfaces, a panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control, and more. However, they’re controlled solely through the touchscreens, which is annoying. The A7 also provides a satisfying driving position that is complemented by excellent outward visibility. Rear-seat passengers receive climate controls, power points for charging devices, and even heated seats, which are all optional. While the back seat comfortably accommodates two adults, three full-size frames would be cramped. Underneath the A7’s useful power-operated liftback, we fit seven carry-on bags behind its split-folding rear seat. The car also held 20 bags of luggage with the seats folded flat. Likewise, we managed to fit a golf bag and stroller in the cargo area. Unfortunately, the 2022 Audi A7 has mediocre interior cubby space. The front door pockets are narrow, and the center console has a small bin.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Every A7 features a dazzling infotainment system with dual touchscreens that seamlessly integrate into the dashboard and center console. The large icons are easy to locate and the haptic feedback is satisfying, but the setup is undeniably distracting because they often require the driver to take their eyes off the road. Standard content includes Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto integration and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Desirable options are two powerful Bang & Olufsen premium sound systems and wireless smartphone charging.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Audi hatchback offers advanced driver-assistance equipment that includes adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology and night vision. For more information about the A7’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites

Full Specifications

2019 Audi A7 3.0T

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED: $81,445 (base price: $68,995)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

DISPLACEMENT: 183 cu in, 2995 cc
POWER: 335 hp @ 6400 rpm
TORQUE: 369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.8-in vented disc/13.0-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Primacy MXM4, 255/40R-20 101H M+S AO

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 115.2 in
Length: 195.6 in
Width: 75.1 in
Height: 56.0 in
Passenger volume: 95 cu ft
Cargo volume: 25 cu ft
Curb weight: 4451 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 4.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.1 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 18.3 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.5 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.3 sec @ 105 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 130 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 163 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.90 g

*Stability-control inhibited.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 23 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST):
Combined/city/highway: 24/21/30 mpg

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