2016 audi s7 Model Overview
New for 2016
The refreshed 2016 Audi S7 gains updated exterior styling, new LED headlights, and cross-stitched seats as standard equipment. Ventilated seats with massage function are also available as an option while Arras Red upholstery is a part of an interior package. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 now produces 450 hp, up from 420 hp, while torque remains the same at 406 lb-ft.
One of two performance variants of the A7, the 2016 Audi S7 is a four-seat, all-wheel-drive midsize luxury hatchback.
A 450-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that’s paired to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox is the only powertrain available. Slotting above the S7 is the more hardcore RS 7, featuring a more potent version of the same twin-turbo V-8 but paired to an eight-speed automatic. Fuel economy is excellent for such a powerful vehicle at 17/27 mpg city/highway.
Unlike the A7, the S7 only has seating for four because the rear center position is deleted. Cargo space is generous thanks to the S7’s hatchback body style, with 24.5 cubic feet behind the split-folding rear seats that can be expanded to 49.1 cubic feet.
Standard safety equipment includes dual front two-stage airbags, front thorax airbags, knee airbags, and side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert is standard on the S7.
Additional safety and driver aids are available as part of the Driver Assistance Plus package, including high beam assistant, active lane assist, front and rear corner view cameras, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, and Audi Pre Sense Plus, which bundles together forward collision warning and automatic forward emergency braking.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The 2016 S7 is available in a single well-equipped trim and comes standard with full LED headlights, four-zone climate control, Valcona leather upholstery with contrast diamond stitching, a seven-inch screen for the infotainment system, head-up display, navigation, a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system, rearview camera, and Audi Drive Select.
Cosmetic upgrades include the Black Optic package, which adds 20-inch or 21-inch alloy wheels and black exterior accents on the grille. Those looking for even more performance out of the S7 should consider the S7 Sport package, which adds a sport exhaust system, torque vectoring rear axle differential and the dynamic calibration for the electric power steering system.
What We Think
Even before it gained an extra 30 hp for the 2016 model year, we lauded the Audi S7 for its strong performance without making the car harsh. In a 2013 First Test review, we said that the S7’s acceleration is stunningly quick and “flings you down the road.” When paired with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, the car hurtles out of corners with ease. The throttle, however, is extremely sensitive, making it easy to drive above the speed limits with just a slight motion of the accelerator pedal. Additionally, the brakes are also hyperactive, meaning that stepping on them abruptly results in occupants getting thrown into the windshield if you step on it too quickly. In a comparison test that also included the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 4Matic and BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, the S7 placed second behind the BMW because its steering feel was lacking in Comfort mode or overboosted in Dynamic mode and had plenty of mid-corner understeer.
- Surprisingly good fuel economy
- Ridiculously quick in a straight line
- Practical hatchback body style
You Won’t Like:
- Steering feel doesn’t have a happy medium
- Overly sensitive accelerator pedal and brakes