The 2020 Audi A7 is riding high on last year's update, which means that this year’s model sees few changes. Mechanically, the new model is exactly the same, but the base model now comes standard with lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors.
The mid-range Premium Plus trim gets Audi's Virtual Cockpit Plus system and a heated steering wheel standard, while the range-topping Prestige adds heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist.
Choosing Your Audi A7
The A7 comes in Audi’s usual choice of three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Pricing starts at $69,995 including destination for the Premium and rises to $80,695 for the Prestige.
The Audi A7 comes with only one engine choice, but it's a sophisticated one. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 makes 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to send power to all four wheels.
Complementing the engine is a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The electrical boost helps smooth out the stop-start function of the engine and provides a small torque boost.
The A7 is EPA-rated at 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The A7’s unconventional shape seats five in comfort. The new generation has a longer wheelbase for extra legroom, although the sloping roofline may cut into headroom for tall rear passengers.
Also thanks to the shape, the A7’s hatchback cargo hold will take up to 24.9 cubic feet of luggage. That’s stellar for the class, trouncing any sedan from luxury rivals Mercedes-Benz or BMW.
The Audi A7 comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.
The Premium Plus adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, vehicle exit warning, and a surround-view camera system. The Prestige is equipped with adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, traffic jam assist, and traffic sign recognition. These features are available on the Premium Plus through the Driver Assistance Package ($1,750).
The base A7 comes with an impressive pair of infotainment touchscreens, 8.8 inches for the top screen and 8.6 for the lower. The system gets navigation standard, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa, if you’re into shopping on the go.
Stepping up to the Premium Plus trim unlocks an even larger 10.1-inch upper screen, a slick 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and wireless charging. If that’s not enough, the Prestige trim gets a head-up display.
Premium - From $69,995
You wouldn’t know the Premium was a base trim from looking at it. In addition to the twin infotainment screens, the base A7 gets leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, keyless ignition, three-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, and a power liftgate.
The Convenience Package ($950) bundles wireless charging, a heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Premium Plus - From $74,595
The Premium Plus trim ups the ante in the tech department. The driver gets a flashy 12.3-inch digital display, while passengers enjoy premium sound courtesy of a 16-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system. All of the features from the Premium trim’s Convenience Package come standard.
Heating up the rear seats means adding the Executive Package ($2,000), which also adds ventilated front seats, lumbar adjustment for the front seats, ambient interior lighting, and four-zone climate control.
Prestige - From $80,695
The Prestige gets nearly all of Audi’s considerable safety tech included standard. Those features join soft-close doors, acoustic glass, exclusive headlights, and all the features of the Executive Package. The exterior gains 20-inch rims, and the driver gets a head-up display.
Available on the Prestige is an adaptive suspension with four-wheel steering ($2,500), which gives the A7 the turning radius of a smaller car. More seating upgrades come in the Luxury Package ($3,000), which swathes the interior in Valcona leather and turns the front seats into massage-capable thrones.
The 2020 Audi A7 Premium Plus gets our nod for best value in the range. If you like some utility with your luxury, the A7 should be on your radar in a big way – the hatchback trunk lends surprising practicality to the sleek shape.