What the critics say
The 2019 Audi A7 Sportback
“The 2019 Audi A7 is a stone-cold fox, plain and simple.” A sleek update of the car that ushered in the era of fastback four-door luxury sedans several years ago, the second-generation A7 will have no trouble attracting buyers on its looks alone. But there’s more to it: Though the U.S. model arriving this fall will lack technology that Europe’s A7s have already, it shares enough features with its starchier big brother, the Audi A8, that it can now be counted “among the most sophisticated sedans on the planet.”
The cabin “looks like it has been teleported from a not-too-distant future.” Most knobs and buttons are gone, replaced by two vivid screens and refined software that encourages you to make climate and infotainment selections by touch or voice command. The A7 is also a stealth hybrid, storing braking power in a small battery that aids the turbocharged V-6, marginally saving fuel and allowing for “buttery-smooth” stop/start engine operation.
The more exciting advances, including four-wheel steering and a self-adjusting predictive suspension, will apparently have to await future A7 editions. Even so, the 2019 we’re getting has poise, style, and that handy hatch, and appears pointed in the right direction. “Sporty like a coupe, spacious like a sedan, and versatile like a wagon,” it’s “the perfect marriage of old and new.” ■