The 2021 Audi A7 is a midsize hatchback that slots above the new A5 Sportback and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Two high-performance variants, the S7 and RS 7 are also available for those looking for more power.
Powering the 2021 Audi A7 is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 340 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and it comes paired exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. As in the full-size A8, the A7 features a 48-volt primary electrical system and a belt alternator starter that works in conjunction with a lithium-ion battery to create regenerative braking and enable to car to coast with the engine off at speeds between 34 to 99 mph. The car’s engine start/stop system can now activate at speeds up to 14 mph and, with the help of the front camera, the A7 will restart once it sees the vehicle in front of you moving forward.
The 2021 Audi A7 will be available with a new suspension setup that includes all-wheel steering, which reduces that car’s turning circle by 3.6 feet. Additionally, the all-wheel steering system helps improve stability and make lane changing easier at speeds of 37 mph or higher by making the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front. The A7 will be offered with a standard steel spring suspension, the sport suspension with 0.4-inch lower ride height, a suspension with electronically controlled dampers, and a self-leveling air suspension. A sport differential option improves handling by actively distributing torque between the rear wheels to supplement the standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
The NHTSA and IIHS haven’t crash tested the 2021 Audi A7. Available active safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function, and active lane keeping assist.