Overview & Reviews
The Audi S7 is a recent entry in a category luxury automakers have dubbed the four-door coupe. Although these cars boast sleek fastback styling, traditionalists will argue that any car with four doors is a sedan. That matter of semantics certainly applies to the S7, which goes one step further by offering the practicality of a large hatchback that opens up to a large cargo area. Although we're not sure how to classify it, we can say without hesitation that the Audi S7 is one appealing automobile.
The S7's attraction begins with its crisp styling, which it mostly shares with the A7 model on which it's based. Add in its subtle but decidedly aggressive styling cues and the S7 stands as a definite head-turner compared to more conventional sedan designs. As if that weren't enough there's the energetic 420-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 and an air suspension with variable damping. The latter manages to deliver an exemplary balance between ride comfort and sharp handling. These significant upgrades make the Audi S7 a car that has both the style and the muscle to go toe-to-toe with any of its European four-door coupe rivals.
Current Audi S7
The Audi S7 is a performance-oriented midsize four-door hatchback with a four-passenger interior. It is offered in a single well-equipped trim level known as Prestige.
Standard feature highlights for the S7 include 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, a blind-spot warning system, a power hatchback, keyless ignition and entry, parking sensors, a rearview camera, four-zone automatic climate control, diamond-stitched leather upholstery, genuine wood accents, heated power front sport seats, a navigation system, Bluetooth and a Bose audio system. Option highlights include LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system and a variety of electronic safety/driving aides.
Powering the S7 is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 making 420 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque. It features cylinder deactivation technology for improved fuel economy. A seven-speed automated dual-clutch manual transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. Audi claims the S7 can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Fuel economy for such a large, fast car is surprisingly good, as the EPA combined estimate stands at 20 mpg.
Inside, the S7 features the handsome design and top-shelf materials for which the brand has become known. There's technology galore at your fingertips as well, from the available night vision display and in-car WiFi connectivity to an optional lane departure warning/assist system and Audi's Pre-Sense plus, which can detect an impending collision and warn the driver or even apply the brakes automatically. The only notable negative is that the low roof line limits headroom for taller rear seat passengers.
On the road, everything comes together seamlessly to create a car that manages to be equal parts exhilarating and luxurious. Acceleration is impressive, with the twin-turbo V8 delivering maximum thrust without hesitation. The adaptive air suspension is equally satisfying, as it manages to provide athletic handling on a winding mountain road while also giving a supple ride when tooling down the interstate.
Used Audi S7 Models
Introduced for 2013, the Audi S7 has been essentially unchanged since, save for minor equipment shuffling.
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25,000 mile review - 2014 Audi S7
By Stephen - November 10 - 6:35 pm
This is my 4 th Audi since 2007. The S7 is fantastic. It's cramped in the back. And it's not as comfortable or as quiet as my A8. It gets around 18 mpg. But beyond that, it's fantastic. All of the great techno-baubles Audi has been delivering for several years now. Fortunately, mine does not have the bioptic adaptive cruise feature. I spent a day with a new A8 loaner with it and didn't like it. The S7 also does not have the Eco engine cutoff feature that the other A7 models have. I find that feature distracting. The S7 is very quick and while not as able on snow as my old 8 it seems sure footed on wet streets. It does misbehave in deeper water because of its wide tires. The 7 has been a great car with only one problem so far. The air suspension is making a BWEEP! noise when the car runs over bumps for the first few miles every morning. Audi acknowledges that they are aware of the problem and they acknowledge that my car has that issue but they say it is a comfort issue and not a safety issue. They have no recommended service for the issue. Having replaced the air suspension system on my old 8, $10,000+. I'm skidish about air suspension issues. They are treating the issue as though it is an innate behavior of the car but only one axle is doing it and the problem has evolved over the last 3000 miles. If the suspension had always done it, I wouldn't be as concerned. Audi service has been exemplary since 2007 when my dealer told me my oil burning A4 was "within specs". This is my first disappointment with them since. I will probably trade it in to avoid having a big problem in the future. But would still strongly consider Audi. Unfortunately, most of their luxury models have air suspensions. I've always considered them to be ticking time bombs, and of relatively little use. One more thing, mine does not have the super-tech package with all of the adaptive cruise control stuff. It was only priced in the low 90s. A very impressive, well optioned car at that price point. Occasionally, I consider buying another M or an AMG and I'm always astounded at how much more expensive they are than their corresponding S.
S7 Engine Malfunction Fault - 2014 Audi S7
By s7george - December 28 - 12:10 pm
Engine Malfunction Light came on after 60km. 4 months later and 8350km and 3 more times of the fault light coming on Audi can only say that it is a set of circumstances in the fuel system that causes low pressure and the engine malfunction light to come on. Audi has changed the pressure switch and the fuel pump numerous times now but with NO success. Has anyone else had this problem? Very discouraged with reliability and Audi not being able to isolate problem and fix it.
S7 Heaven - 2013 Audi S7
By larryinbh - August 11 - 11:32 pm
I have had my S7 for two weeks now and it is an amazing vehicle. I just got rid of my Porsche 911 as I decided I needed a little more refinement with my driving experience. The S7 is explosively powerful, quiet, nimble and incredibly fun to drive. The blend of driving performance, technology and comfort is astonishing and I could not be happier in this car. I get more stares and more comments on my S7 than I ever did on my 911 and that is something a car nut like myself also appreciates ... people say "I love your car" and I say "So do I, thanks!"
Luxury Sport Sedan - 2013 Audi S7
By rxs7 - June 30 - 1:23 pm
As a driving/car enthusiast the S7 is the best of both worlds. Refined and luxurious interior, powerful turbine like engine. Automated manual tranmission can be driven as smoothly as an automatic, or as aggressively as any high performance manual trans would allow. Test drove Porche Panamera 4S. Same performance with better fuel economy and less costly maintenance and sticker price. Power and speed are deceiving due to flat torgue curve almost throughout entire rpm range. Launch control is houligan's delight. Got back into my wife's MDX and thought the parking brake was on when accelerating. Smooth powerful brakes. Car drives like a smaller and lighter vehicle than what it is.
The S7 is a Sexy High Performance Machine - 2016 Audi S7
By Mike McQ - December 23 - 9:21 pm
I love this car! Smooth, smooth and smooth. Fast, smart tech, quiet, and great gas mileage for a 4.0 twin turbo. 0-60 in 3.9. The European delivery was excellent! A couple of small things I would recommend to Audi: 1. Clockwise should be zoom in on the nav, not zoom out. It's counterintuitive. 2. After I hit the start/stop button to turn off the engine, the home link won't activate the garage door. 3. No S7 rubber door mats, just with A7 logo. 4. Dual clutch Transmission has needed service twice...but now fine. Getting in/out of the rear seats is fine, for some reason other reviews think this is cramped and it really isn't. Grip is excellent on summer Pirelli tires, so I got the winter Pirelli's.
Daily Commuter with Benefits - 2016 Audi S7
By G.G. - March 23 - 9:22 pm
Absolutely love this car. Has been performing well as a daily commuter, but has the power and performance when I have a chance to push it.