2016 audi a7 Model Overview
New for 2016
The facelifted 2016 Audi A7 gains revised exterior styling, featuring new LED headlights, grille, bumpers, and trapezoidal tailpipes. Three new interior color upholsteries, Flint Gray, Cedar Brown and Arras Red (S7 only), have been added. Two of the gas engines are also more powerful, the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is rated at 333 hp, an increase of 23 hp, while the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 now has 450 hp, up from 420 hp.
The 2016 Audi A7 is a midsize luxury hatchback that slots under the full-size A8 sedan and above the mid-size A6, which is its platform mate. Diesel and gas powertrains are available in the A7 while all-wheel drive is standard on all variants.
The 2016 Audi A7 offers four engines that are mated to either a seven-speed twin-clutch or an eight speed automatic transmission.
Model: A7 3.0T
Engine and Transmission: Supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 333 hp/325 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 20/30 mpg city/highway
Model: A7 TDI
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 240 hp/428 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 25/38 mpg
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 – seven-speed twin-clutch automatic
Power: 450 hp/406 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 17/27 mpg
Model: RS 7
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 560 hp/516 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 16/25 mpg (est.)
Interior space is a strong point in the 2016 A7 thanks to its hatchback body style, making it more practical than the A6 sedan. Cargo space behind the split-folding rear seats is generous at 24.5 cubic feet and can be expanded to 49.1 cubic feet. While there’s room for five passengers in the A7, the sloping roofline cuts into headroom. The center seating position in the second row is deleted in the high-performance S7 and RS 7.
Standard safety features include dual-stage front airbags, front thorax side airbags, knee airbags, and side curtain airbags. Rear side airbags are optional on all models. The Driver Assistance package in A7 and RS 7, and the Driver Assistance Plus package in the S7, adds a host of safety and driver aids including corner view cameras, high beam assistant, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, and Audi Pre Sense Plus, which bundles together automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert is standard throughout the entire A7 lineup.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The base Premium Plus trim on the 2016 A7 comes with four-zone climate control, full LED headlights, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, a seven-inch screen, navigation, keyless entry and start, Audi Drive Select, and leather upholstery. Stepping up to the Prestige trim adds a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system, head-up display, ventilated front seats, and perforated leather upholstery.
Those looking to improve the handling of their A7 should consider the S line Sport Package, which adds a sport suspension and a seven-spoke design 19-inch wheels. This can also be combined with the Black Optic package, which adds 20-inch wheels and a gloss black grille. For the S7, the Black Optic package can be had with 20- or 21-inch wheels wrapped with summer tires instead of the all-season rubber in the A7. Additionally, a Sport package is also available and adds dynamic steering, rear axle differential for torque vectoring, and a sports exhaust system.
If the S7 doesn’t offer enough performance, consider the RS 7, the most performance-oriented member of the A7 range. The Dynamic package takes the RS 7’s driving dynamics into another level and adds a sport exhaust and a sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, which replaces the standard adaptive air suspension.
What We Think
More power and a solidly built interior make the 2016 A7 a better car all-around, offering practicality, performance, handling, and comfort in a single svelte package. In a First Test review, we said that while the revised supercharged V-6 has made the A7 more fuel efficient, it hasn’t detracted from its performance, offering visceral acceleration for a large car with an as-tested 0-60 time of 4.7-seconds. Additionally, the well-built cabin is typical Audi and is one of the best in its class, featuring a tasteful design, high-grade materials, and an infotainment system that’s modern and ahead of most of its competitors.
Higher-performance models like the S7 provide more driving fun thanks to its torque-rich twin-turbo V-8 and seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox, which allows it to accelerate with authority. Even before its power was increased to 450 hp from 420 hp as part of its mid-cycle refresh, the S7 impressed with its driving dynamics. In a 2013 First Test review, we said that the S7 punches above its weight and provides a great balance of comfort and performance, allowing it to do double duty as a daily driver and weekend warrior. The S7 placed second in a comparison test that also included the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 4Matic and BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe because it’s power made it extremely fun to drive. However, the numb steering doesn’t have a sweet spot and feels lacking in Comfort mode or overboosted in Dynamic mode.
The ultra-high-performance RS 7 builds upon the S7’s capabilities by adding a more aggressive chassis, a stronger engine and an eight-speed automatic. In a comparison test that also included the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S, the RS 7 placed second thanks to its visceral acceleration that allows it to “feel like a rocket” in a straight line. However, it lost first place to the Panamera Turbo because of its tendency to understeer at its limit, especially on the track.
If a buyer orders an A7, S7 or RS 7 via Audi’s European Delivery program, he or she can choose to pick up the car the Audi Forum in Neckarsulm, Germany, where the entire A7 line is produced.
- Well-appointed interior
- Quick in a straight line
- Useful hatchback body style
You Won’t Like:
- Larger alloy wheels hurt ride quality
- Steering has no sweet spot and feels overboosted
- RS 7 understeers too much when driven aggressively