The 2018 Audi A7 Sportback may be the ultimate mid-size luxury car as it supplies hatchback utility, an excellent interior, and terrific technology. However, it's not as roomy as you might think, given the rear seat falls short in the legroom department.

Best Value

The Audi A7 Sportback is essentially an Audi A6 with a hatchback. The advantage here is 24.5 cubic feet of storage space. That's part of the cost you pay for this model as well as the fact you get standard all-wheel drive and a supercharged V6 engine. This isn't a budget model by any stretch of the imagination.

We chose the A7 Sportback Prestige for our best value model as it adds such features as a head-up display with navigation information, a corner view camera system, and power door closers. These extras add just $2,700 to the price over the base Premium Plus model, while leaving out costlier upgrades to the paint, seats, and the overall interior.

  • Model: 2018 Audi A7 Sportback Prestige
  • Engine: Supercharged 3.0-liter V6
  • Output: 340 hp / 325 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 20 City / 29 Hwy
  • Options: None
  • Base Price:$73,375 (including a $975 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$73,375

Performance

Audi A7

The 2018 Audi A7 Sportback has a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 engine that supplies 325 pound-feet of torque. This year, the engine gains seven horsepower, adding to its already stellar performance.

Along with robust off-the-mark acceleration, we like how smoothly the eight-speed automatic transmission operates, sending power to all four wheels as needed. This model’s weakness is in steering that's largely devoid of communication, but this is something we've found in competing mid-size models, so we weren't especially surprised.

The A7 Sportback offers a firm ride, no matter the wheel size selected. Its strongest attribute may be with its handling as we absolutely like how it performs on twisty roads. Competition is stiff in this segment with the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz GLS Class, and Porsche Panamera its toughest rivals.

Style

We're fans of Audi’s design, but the A7 Sportback may be the most handsome one of all. Its eye-catching design improves upon the A6, as its front fascia delivers a more planted look. The aggressive shape of the roofline, especially toward the rear and ending in a sharp tail, do everything to amplify this model. There's not a square inch of sheet metal that seems wasted or out of place.

The interior meets everything we expect from Audi, including choice materials, a well-crafted layout, and a soothing cabin. All controls are within easy reach and we're fans of Audi’s MMI infotainment controller. However, tall passengers sitting in the rear may find space a bit too confining, especially as the roof tapers and impacts headroom. The standard storage space is quite good and you'll find ample room to bring your gear with the rear seat folded, including a bicycle, tent, or skis.

The Best and Worst Things

The A7 Sportback’s best attribute is its styling. It's especially stunning on the outside where Audi took pains to make a hatchback attractive. What we're not fond of is this model’s disengaged steering. All we ask for is some communication, but the A7 remains largely silent in that department.

Right For? Wrong For?

Audi A7

If you're torn between a sedan and a utility vehicle, the A7 Sportback offers a happy medium. You get a significant portion of crossover utility without losing sedan comfort. The standard all-wheel drive – Audi’s renowned Quattro system, which is the pacesetter among luxury brands – may be the clincher here.

On the other hand, if you think you're getting an A6 with its attendant manageable price, the A7 Sportback will disappoint. We held the line on options, but this model could quite easily cost you $80,000. Price creep is common among luxury makes and Audi offers its share of packages. Even simple things such as certain metallic paints will add thousands to your final cost.

The Bottom Line

If you enjoy dapper styling, excellent ride-to-handling balance, and cutting-edge technology, then the 2018 Audi A7 Sportback should be on your list. The trade off in rear seat room means taking a closer look at the very similar Audi A6, while remembering the utility edge is one of the A7 Sportback’s strongest attributes. In all, the A7 Sportback is a winner in our book.