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2021 Audi S7
Select a Different Model (2 Available): Premium Plus quattro Hatchback
Fuel Economy $ 18 / 28 mpg
Horsepower 444
Torque 443
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2021 Audi S7 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Practical hatchback cargo area
  • Excellent materials and quality
  • Powerful twin-turbo V-6

Cons

  • Slightly confusing infotainment system
  • Some resonant noises in the cabin
  • There isn't one in your driveway right now

Can't decide between style, luxury, and performance? Check out the Audi S7. It's a sportier version of the elegant A7 Sportback, which combines a spacious cargo area with a sedan-like cabin. Like any modern Audi, technology and design are at the forefront of the S7's appeal. A more powerful engine and other dynamic enhancements aim to make it more exciting than the standard A7 but less intense than the RS 7. The current second-generation S7 made its debut for the 2020 model year.

What's New

  • All trims now ride on 21-inch wheels with summer tires
  • Interior trim is carbon-fiber by default
  • Executive package available on the Premium Plus trim now has adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist

What We Think

If you need a practical, luxurious, and sporty car, an SUV isn't your only option. Also consider the Audi S7.

First up, practicality. The S7's dramatic sloping roofline doesn't only look stunning. It forms a hatchback cargo area that's larger and easier to load things into than a conventional trunk. With the rear seats folded down, there's space for long and large items.

Next, luxury. Like the standard A7, the S7 is filled with high-quality materials and built to an incredible standard. Technology is also impressive, but the dual-display infotainment system isn't as initially intuitive as some competitors' setups.

Finally, sportiness. Even the regular A7 is quick, so the S7's twin-turbo V-6 should improve acceleration. The S7's sporty suspension will also likely firm up the A7's too-soft ride. It's not as hardcore as the RS 7, but the S7 delivers a more balanced mix of everyday appeal.

The S7 is versatile, stylish, and sporty. Why do you need an SUV, again?

What Engine Does the S7 Have?

The S7 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6, supplemented by a 48-volt mild hybrid electrical system. Output measures 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which is sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission to a sport-tuned version of Audi's Quattro AWD system. Audi estimates a 4.5-second 0-60 mph time, likely a conservative guess considering MotorTrend tested the standard A7 at 4.9 seconds. EPA-rated fuel economy measures 18/28 mpg city/highway.

How Fast Is the RS 7?

Love the S7's elegant form factor but need even more performance? Try the RS 7. It packs a twin-turbo V-8 good for 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, which hits all four tires through a high-performance calibration of Audi's Quattro AWD system. That enables an estimated mid-3-second 0-60 mph time and a claimed 190 mph top speed. A stiffer but still mostly comfortable suspension is fitted, and massive 10-piston carbon-ceramic brakes are available. And you can still toss stuff inside, too, thanks to the RS 7's spacious hatchback cargo area.

Safety

The S7 has not specifically been evaluated, but the A7 on which it's based performs well in crash testing. From the IIHS, the A7 earned 2020 Top Safety Pick designation when equipped with the available LED projector headlights. The NHTSA has partially tested the A7, giving it a five-star rollover rating, the highest possible score.

Front automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning are standard on all trims. Adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, road sign recognition, and front, side, and rear cross-traffic alert are added on the Prestige trim.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The S7's hatchback cargo area offers 26.4 cubic feet of capacity, with standard 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seats to expand capacity further.

Front-row headroom measures 37.0 inches, which compares to 36.9 inches in the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 sedan. Front-row legroom is 41.3 inches in the S7, a bit less than the CLS' 41.9 inches. Second-row headroom is 37.1 inches in the Audi and 35.9 inches in the AMG. Second-row legroom measures 37.0 inches in the S7, much more than the CLS' 35.0 inches.

Technology

A dual-touchscreen infotainment system is standard on the S7. Its 10.1-inch upper display controls media and navigation, and the lower 8.6-inch screen is used for comfort and climate settings. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, built-in navigation, front and rear USB ports, and a wireless charging pad are included. The standard 360-degree view camera system makes curbing the S7's wheels harder to do. A 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display is standard, while the Prestige trim adds a head-up display. The S7 features a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.

Recommended Trim

Don't kid yourself—you're not buying an S7 just for its practical hatchback cargo area. This machine is an indulgence, a manifestation of style, luxury, and performance. And when you're indulging, it's best to go all out. That's why we think it's worthwhile to skip the approximately $85,000 Premium Plus trim and go straight for the roughly $91,000 Prestige model. That buys you upgraded technology like a head-up display and adaptive cruise control. Luxury increases with heated rear seats and power soft-close doors. The Prestige trim also adds headlights with lasers in them—how cool is that?

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2021 AUDI S7 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 Turbo 2.9 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Tiptronic® 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
Premium Plus quattro Hatchback
Class
Luxury Performance Car
Horsepower
444
Standard MPG
18/28
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 1.49% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Audi announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 1.99% Financing for a maximum term of 66 Months - Audi announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 2.49% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Audi announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 2.99% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - Audi announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021