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There are automobiles that set the standard for style and performance. The 2019 Audi A7 continues to be an industry trend-setter. 

Since first introduced in 2010, the Audi A7 has challenged design norms, so it’s only fitting the 2019 Audi A7 challenges them once again. The surfacing is sharper, the muscular definition even more defined. Its design even coined the term “Sportback” with this four-door hatchback coupe with Quattro all-wheel drive.

Thanks to the car’s winning combination of luxur-ious refinement and sporting character, the A7 grows even better looking.  But there are even greater changes underneath its freshly styled sheet metal that push this luxury car’s price tag to $85,240 with all the bells and whistles.

Although the 2019 A7’s  silhouette hasn’t changed much, there are plenty of styling cues that separate the new Audi from its predecessors. Items like full-length LED taillights, a wider trapezoidal grille, thinner and LED headlights. 

Alloy wheels are available up to 21 inches in diameter while, at least in Europe, the LED headlights are available in three variants, including Audi’s Matrix LED units with laser technology. Plus, a reminder, this car has no truck as it is a hatchback that hides it well.

Inside, the 2019 Audi A7 features a spacious, passenger-friendly layout with two large touchscreens at the center of the dash, the upper one measuring 10.1 inches and the lower one 8.6 inches. Audi’s slick virtual cockpit system, which replaces traditional analog gauges with a configurable 12.3-inch multi-information display, keeps the pilot informed and engaged while on the road. I found the three-spoke steering wheel racy feeling and connected.

Continuing the goal of improved comfort, Audi added new multi-adjustable front seats to a 2019 A7 with heating, ventilation, and massage functions. With two separate rear-seating options, the 2019 A7 is available as a four- and five-seater.

The 2019 A7 shares its platform with the redesigned 2019 A8. The highlights of this architecture include a 48-volt hybrid-assist system, greater self-driving capability, and a redesigned MMI interface. For our market, the A7 comes in a single mechanical configuration with a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, which supplants the 2018 model’s supercharged six of the same
displacement and output. It’s paired with Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission rather than the eight-speed conventional automatic used previously, and the aforementioned Quattro all-wheel drive is standard. 

On the street, the 2019 A7 perfectly blends polish and performance. The transmission’s light-throttle upshifts are difficult to feel in part because the engine is so quiet, and its low-speed behavior is smooth enough to pass for a torque-converter automatic. Don’t let this fool you as it’s also quick to snap off downshifts when called upon. The turbo six’s maximum torque comes online more than 1500 rpm lower than before and peaks at 369 lb-ft (up from 325 previously), and it’s available over a broad span from 1370 to 4500 rpm. The muscular V-6 effectively motivates the lighter new A7 and the turbo lag is minimal, if not entirely imperceptible. The engine’s flexibility and the transmission’s responsiveness are A+ or, if you wish to choose your own ratio with the paddles or the shifters plus/minus gate, it is even sportier.

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