Improving on every aspect that made Audi’s first-generation five-door coupe a huge success, the all-new 2019 A7 delivers a stunning exterior, revolutionary technology, and advanced driver assistance systems as part of a total package that’s aimed at satisfying even the most demanding customers.
Under the hood, a newly-designed turbocharged engine and standard mild-hybrid technology come together to give the A7 the flexibility to be an all-out performer or a soft-spoken commuter at a moment’s notice.
So, just how much does this second-generation A7 elevate one’s on-road experience? Find out with a closer look at our 2019 Audi A7 Prestige test model.
2019 Audi A7 Prestige Exterior
Blending the best design elements of a traditional sedan and a coupe, the all-new 2019 A7 is Audi’s signature interpretation of a five-door sportback that offers unmatched versatility and overall performance.
As one of our favorite expressions of elegance and athleticism, the A7’s sleek silhouette has been thoughtfully refined for this second generation, placing a strong emphasis on precision and simplicity. Starting with the rear, the hands-free, powered hatch seamlessly tapers into an adaptive spoiler (automatically extends at speeds over 75 mph) paired with a redesigned LED taillight treatment that spans the entire width of the trunk space. The dynamic rear turn signals feature a fast-moving animation, and mirror the headlights with a cool lock/unlock lightshow sequence.
At the front, the brand’s unmistakable Singleframe grille is flanked by large air inlets and a pair of HD matrix-design LED headlights. This new lighting solution uses Audi laser technology to deliver maximum brightness while being 30% more energy-efficient than traditional LED bulbs. A contoured hood along with pronounced wheel arches also help to communicate the visual length and low profile of the 2019 A7.
Our test model came in a sophisticated Glacier White metallic exterior paint, and was complemented by optional 20-inch five-V-double-spoke wheels in silver for quite the road presence. Aside from the grille and window surrounds, sparing use of chrome accents on the 2019 A7 allows your eyes to follow the contours laid out by Audi’s designers, drawing attention to the rising rear angle as well as the forward-leaning stance of the vehicle.
Other standard exterior features include touch-sensitive door handles, panoramic sunroof, daytime running lights, and headlight washers. The optional Prestige package adds even more luxury features, like power soft-close doors, power-folding heated mirrors with memory, and dual pane acoustic glass.
Overall, the design language of the all-new A7 once again pushes the boundaries of beauty and style, delivering a visual experience that’s both bold and classy.
2019 Audi A7 Prestige Interior
The 2019 model year brings about one of the biggest changes for the A7: a complete digitization of the interior. Gone are the traditional knobs and dials typically associated with in-car controls. In their place are two large, high-resolution touchscreens, which are highlights of the brand-new MMI touch-response system.
This powerful infotainment hub utilizes a 10.1-inch upper display as the main interface for accessing music, phone connectivity, navigation, vehicle settings, connected apps, and more. Just below it is a secondary 8.6-inch touchscreen that’s dedicated to climate/comfort controls as well as handwriting input. But it’s not just about more screens, though. The new MMI system is also more user-friendly than ever, allowing customization of the main menu in addition to creating up to 32 shortcuts for quick access to your favorite radio stations, destinations, or phone contacts.
And because our focus should always be dedicated to the act of driving, the A7’s MMI system minimizes accidental presses by using haptic and audio feedback to confirm menu selections, and also understands conversational voice commands. Saying a phrase like, “Where is the closest gas station?” will prompt the navigation system to present nearby options for refueling. Announcing “I’m cold” triggers the MMI system to ask what temperature you’d like the cabin set at. These intuitive controls paired with cutting-edge hardware are what help the 2019 A7 stand out from other luxury vehicles in its class.
In terms of passenger comfort, few experiences rival the level of pampering offered by the A7’s posh cabin. Our Prestige test model featured Pearl Beige leather seating surfaces with wood inlays, while the optional Individual Contour seating package added position memory for driver and front passenger, as well as front ventilation and massage functionality. Entertainment is delivered via a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, and multicolor interior lighting sets the mood for evening cruises.
Other interior amenities, like wireless smartphone charging, automatic rear sunshade, and four-zone automatic climate control, turn the 2019 A7 Prestige into a private lounge on wheels. Sitting in traffic has never felt this good!
2019 Audi A7 Prestige Performance
Trading a belt-driven supercharger for a twin-scroll turbocharger, the all-new 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine now provides a wider range of torque, which means we get to feel the thrill of 335 horsepower almost as soon as the gas pedal is pressed. A seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission transfers this power to a new quattro drive with ultra technology for the most efficient delivery of power to all four wheels. The result? Zero to 60 mph in a staggering 5.2 seconds.
Also new for the 2019 model year is the inclusion of Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology on all A7 models. This intelligent system recovers otherwise wasted energy, provides smoother operation of the automatic start/stop program, and assists the powertrain when necessary to further enhance fuel efficiency.
When you’re ready to take the A7 on a spirited cruise through twisting roads, the newly developed suspension architecture keeps the vehicle planted and sporty, and offers excellent feedback for the driver. These same handling characteristics also translate to effortless daily commuting and precise low speed maneuvering. And while the term “performance” usually refers to high speed situations, in the 2019 A7, performance comes in many different forms.
For example, the A7 offers technology called Green Light Optimization Speed Advisory (GLOSA), which recommends the best speed to reduce the amount of time spent stopped at red lights. Communicating with Audi’s Traffic Light Information network (available in 13 cities, with more on the way), the A7’s virtual cockpit displays the status of an upcoming intersection as well as how many seconds remain until the red light turns green. We were able to experience GLOSA in the Los Angeles area, and it helped dramatically lower our stress and anxiety levels when trying to navigate traffic or catch successive green lights. Not once did we think, “This red light is taking forever!” because we knew exactly when the light would change.
GLOSA/TLI is one of the many intelligent ways that Audi and the A7 are delivering performance beyond sheer horsepower. Other capabilities include locking the car with your smartphone, navigating directly to available parking, and exploring your city with the help of Google and Yelp reviews.
Fuel economy for the 2019 Audi A7 Prestige is an EPA estimated 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway**.
2019 Audi A7 Prestige Safety
When you’re inside the 2019 A7, a full suite of driver assistance and safety technologies provide a watchful eye, constantly surveying the surroundings for hazards. Using up to 24 sensors, the A7 evaluates every situation and intervenes when necessary. Adaptive Cruise Assist, collision avoidance, Audi pre sense city, are just a few examples of proactive safety features that help keep you out of harm’s way.
Our favorite addition to the A7’s safety suite is the new virtual 360-degree surround view, which uses four wide-angle cameras to project a real-time 3D model of the vehicle on the MMI Touch system. You can rotate this 3D model to see all around the car, and know exactly how close you are to any obstacles. Never again will you need to step out and double check your parking attempt.
Other notable safety features include traffic sign recognition, intersection assist, vehicle exit assist, and rear cross traffic assist. These systems not only provide visual and audio warnings, but can also automatically apply the brakes when the driver does not respond.
2019 Audi A7 Prestige Overall
The 2019 Audi A7 is more than just a method of getting from point A to point B — it’s a luxury experience that does an amazing job of removing the stresses of daily driving.
Starting MSRP for the 2019 Audi A7 is $68,000, and our Prestige test model was well-equipped at $85,240*.
Experience the attention to detail and pampering that only the A7 can provide by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealership.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.