2020 A7 New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Audi A7 strikes an excellent balance between luxury, performance, practicality, and style. On the outside it's elegant; on the inside, it's a technological masterpiece. After a facelift last year to its shapely fastback body, including sharper creases and LED lighting, it's unchanged for 2020 except for some adjustments in options.
There is just one engine, a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 making 335 horsepower, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with standard Quattro all-wheel drive. Acceleration is brisk.
The ride is supple, on an air suspension using adaptive dampers to beautifully swallow the bumps. Handling is confident and willing. Available rear-wheel steering and an active rear differential make the car sharper.
A high-tech 48-volt electrical system in the 2020 A7 powers accessories when the engine shuts down at stop lights.
The EPA rates the A7 at 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 24 combined, on premium fuel.
The IIHS calls the A7 a Top Safety Pick. Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and parking sensors. Options include rear side airbags, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and a warning if a door is opened while there's a car coming. Even higher-tech safety options include two dozen sensors that handle everything from self-parking to long-range radar to a surround-view camera system.
The A7 comes in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims. At $69,995, the Premium comes with LED headlights, heated front seats, leather upholstery, three USB ports, two 8.6-inch touchscreens with Audi's infotainment software plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Advanced safety features round out its standard features.
The Premium Plus adds a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a larger 10.1-inch infotainment screen, and Bang & Olufsen audio. Options not offered on the Premium model include a driver-assistance package with adaptive cruise control and active lane control, and massaging seats.
The Prestige costs around $77,500 and adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a head-up display, four-zone climate control, HD Matrix lights, and more.
The warranty is good for 4 years or 50,000 miles, and includes the first service and four years of roadside service.