Not only can the S7 please enthusiast drivers with its fluid responses and beastly power, it also hides hatchback versatility under its swept-back design. A 450-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 powers all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic; an adjustable suspension offers settings to suit every mood. To top it off, the S7’s chic interior and a long list of available tech and infotainment options can make the cabin a comfortable, luxurious place to be while eating up the miles.
The Audi S7 gives such a great first impression that it could sell shares in Halliburton to Bernie Sanders. It’s exceptionally handsome, as any executive-class four-door ought to be, and it feels like an ingot on wheels. It will recalibrate a driver’s sense of what the words “solidity” and “responsiveness” can mean in a $90,000 luxury sedan.
With the extra ponies, this 2016 model shaves 0.4 second off the zero-to-60-mph time, but only in comparison to our long-termer when it was similarly new. After 40,000 miles, that car could edge the 2016’s 3.9-second run to 60, both employing the built-in launch control. We can’t say how this one would fare after similar break-in, but it’s basically a dead heat to 100 mph and through the quarter-mile in the low 12s. There has been no change in peak torque, but in the 2016 car the power plateaus 300 rpm higher in the rev band. Crossing our scales at 4508 pounds, this test car was 49 pounds heavier than the 2013 example, a negligible one percent change.
Its track numbers reflect performance ability beyond what most drivers can use in daily driving. If speed is the object (and money isn’t one), there’s always the more raucous RS7 to consider, although our Lightning Lap experience suggests that those seeking a track-day companion ought to keep shopping. These are large, roomy, luxurious cars that do a lot of things well, including going fast, but the mass alone should warn off the boy-racers.
Research the 2019 Audi S7 with our expert reviews and ratings. Additional new features for the 2019 Audi S7 include a heated steering wheel, and optional heated and power operated front seats on lower-trim models with cloth upholstery. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to the gas-only model, the 2019 Audi S7 is also available as a hybrid with all-wheel drive as standard.
- Spacious interior
- Comfortable and spacious interior
- Active safety features come standard
YOU WON’T LIKE
- All-wheel drive is only available with the V-6
- Subpar interior fit and finish
- The V-6 engine could use more power
The 2019 Audi S7, on the other hand, is a better package, as we noted in a 2017 First Test, thanks to its smooth powertrain and well-calibrated brakes that smoothly transition between regenerative and mechanical braking. However, since it isn’t a plug-in hybrid, the 2019 Audi S7 doesn’t have much EV mode range and can only travel around 0.5 miles on electricity.A rearview camera with rear parking sensors is now standard on all models.
The car is the only 2019 Audi S7 trim level that can be had with a cool two-tone exterior color scheme. The ride itself was smooth, and road imperfections were barely felt.”