The 2021 Audi A7 enters the new model year with new 20-inch wheels on the base model and adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist on the Premium Plus trim. But the major news is the introduction of a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, which brings more power and better fuel economy over the base V6 engine. With the flexibility of 24 miles of electric range, the new plug-in hybrid powertrain adds another dimension to the midsize sedan.
Choosing Your Audi A7
The A7 is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Prices start at $70,245 including destination for the Premium model and go up to $79,395 for the range-topping Prestige model.
With the addition of the plug-in, the A7 is now available with two powertrains. A 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine is standard on all three trims. The plug-in hybrid powertrain, which consists of a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 14.1-kWh battery, is available on the top two trims for $550 (Premium Plus) or $1,900 (Prestige).
|Fuel Economy (Combined)
|3.oL Turbo V6
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid
Both powertrains utilize a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and have Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.
With roughly the same performance, better fuel economy, and the ability to travel an EPA-estimated 24 miles on electricity, the plug-in hybrid powertrain is worth the upgrade.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The A7 has seating for up to five passengers. Thanks to its unorthodox hatchback body style, it offers 24.9 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s more than what you’ll find in any of the A7’s main competitors.
Cargo capacity drops to 21.6 cubic feet in hybrid models.
Standard safety features on the A7 include automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning.
The Premium Plus and Prestige further get adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, a surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. These features are available on the base model through the $1,500 Convenience Package.
A dual-screen setup is standard for the A7. The base Premium trim comes with an 8.8-inch top screen and an 8.6-inch unit for the lower screen. Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and Amazon Alexa are also included.
The Premium Plus trim brings a larger 10.1-inch upper screen, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, wireless smartphone charging, and a Bang and Olufsen audio system. The Prestige trim includes a head-up display.
The base Premium trim certainly isn’t cheap, but you do get a lot of features for your money. Full LED headlights and taillights, 20-inch wheels, a power tailgate, and a panoramic sunroof are standard exterior features.
On the inside, the A7 Premium comes with three-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The A7 is also one of the few vehicles to come with a built-in toll module.
The Convenience Package costs $1,500 and brings a heated steering wheel, the wireless charger, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, the 10.1-inch upper touchscreen, and a surround-view camera – which combine to make this an excellent and value-packed upgrade.
The Premium Plus mostly adds more standard safety and technology features. It's equipped with the 10.1-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch driver display, wireless phone charger, Bang and Olufsen audio system, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring.
The $1,750 Executive Package brings even more opulence to the Premium Plus model. Features include four-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, ambient interior lighting, and four-way lumbar support for the front passenger seat.
As the range-topping trim, the Prestige has everything Audi offers as standard. Four-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and the head-up display are standard.
The $2,750 Luxury Package is unique to the Prestige trim. It adds memory settings for the front passenger seat, front massaging seats, Valcona and Milano leather upholstery, and individual contour front seats.
With plenty of standard features, the 2021 Audi A7 Premium is the best starting point for the majority of consumers. Unfortunately, it’s not available with the plug-in hybrid powertrain. So, if you want that, the Premium Plus trim is the way to go.