Audi A7 Performance
Critics say the 2015 Audi A7 has a powerful range of engines, including the potent and fuel-efficient TDI. They agree that the A7 is quite athletic, despite its large size.
- "Whether you're driving the 310-horsepower A7 or the 560-horsepower RS 7, the Audi A7 family offers plenty of power, responsive handling and gorgeous looks." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Beneath the surface, the A7 is a well-engineered sedan that is excellent to drive." -- Edmunds
- "Only the S7's sheer size will keep most drivers from pushing it on narrow country roads like a sports car." -- Car and Driver (2013)
- "For a fairly large car, A7 is surprisingly nimble and sporty. Ample grip and minimal body lean in fast corners inspire confidence." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Acceleration and Power
The 2015 Audi A7 comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that generates 310 horsepower, while the A7 TDI is powered by a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 240 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models. According to the EPA, the 2015 A7 gets 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low compared with the fuel economy of rivals. On the other hand, the A7 TDI gets 24/38, which is excellent for a luxury large car.
The performance-oriented Audi S7 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Audi says that the S7 has a top speed of 155 mph and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The Audi RS 7 has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. According to Audi, the RS 7 has a 174-mph top speed and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The S7 comes with a seven-speed automated manual transmission and the RS 7 has an eight-speed automatic.
Test drivers report that the base A7 is quite potent, and they say the TDI model’s strong, smooth acceleration just about matches the base model’s, despite the fact that the TDI gets much higher fuel economy. Auto writers agree that the S7 and RS 7 are faster than most other cars on the road. The A7’s base eight-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly, according to critics.
- "The supercharged V6 and turbocharged diesel V6 engines are both very good, with exemplary in-town responsiveness and impressive fuel economy. Moreover, the diesel engine is nearly on par with the supercharged gasoline engine when it comes to acceleration, making a strong case for paying a bit more up front and saving at the pump. Further up the Audi food chain are the more-powerful S7 and RS 7, and they're great if you're ultimately interested in something that can outpace almost every other car on the road." -- Edmunds
- "Syrupy smooth in its power delivery, the turbodiesel displays virtually no lag. Robust torque is on offer just after immediate throttle tip-in, but the response is pleasantly linear with none of the uncouth head-snapping effect sometimes seen with a big turbo unit." -- Left Lane News (2014)
- "Audi's 3.0-liter supercharged V6 works as well here as it does in the A6. Power is strong at all engine speeds, aided by the responsive 8-speed automatic transmission." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Handling and Braking
All-wheel drive comes standard on all 2015 Audi A7, S7 and RS 7 models. The S7 and RS 7 come with an adjustable air suspension, which lets you tune the ride for more agility or comfort. Reviewers agree that the A7 feels quite agile despite its large size, and they note that the A7’s brakes are strong. Some think the steering doesn’t provide enough feedback, though others think it feels just fine. The A7 has a smooth ride, according to critics, and they like that the RS 7’s adjustable suspension lets you find the right balance between comfort and agility.
- "The A7 is inherently smooth on the highway, while the performance-tuned RS 7 includes an adjustable suspension that makes it easy to optimize suspension response for ride or handling." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Even with its slightly-dull steering, the A7's handling is rewarding, as this luxury hatchback has a nimble, athletic feel despite its hefty curb weight." -- Edmunds
- "A taut suspension and composed chassis give Audi's midsize line a sportier-than-average feel that's backed up by direct, if perhaps a little too light, electric power steering." -- Left Lane News (2014)
- "The steering gives good feedback. The brakes provide plenty of control." -- Consumer Guide (2013)