Plug-in hybrid executive cars are proving especially popular, with BMW and Mercedes offering models in this segment for some time. And now Audi is joining in with the action, first with its new A6 TFSI e saloon and now with its sleeker sibling – the A7. Combining punchy performance and low running costs, it certainly looks appealing.
Let’s take a look at what the A7 50 TFSI e Quatrro has to offer.
Audi knows how to produce a fine interior, and the A7 TFSI e is a truly wonderful example. It’s a brilliant blend of technology, comfort and quality, with a host of materials helping to give this model a premium feel. Given it shares a cabin design with the flagship A8 and Q8, that only adds further to the appeal.
It also offers a practical interior, with a large boot, which is roomy despite the A7’s coupe-like profile, and a generous amount of rear space – even for adult passengers.
The A7’s striking modern interior design is also carried over to the exterior, too. This generation has been around since 2018, and while only gaining plug-in hybrid power in 2020, it remains a brilliant piece of design. From its large, yet neatly-integrated, front grille, to its cool LED lighting at the front and rear – which displays various patterns and signatures – it certainly stands out on the road.
The coupe-like profile is also another cool touch, and helps to give the A7 a sleeker and more dramatic profile than a traditional saloon car, yet with minimal compromise on practicality.
As one of Audi’s more expensive models, the A7 comes laden with technology from top to bottom. From its aforementioned Matrix LED lighting to its array of driver assistance technology and the modern cabin, any tech lover will be in for a treat.
The interior benefits from Audi’s twin touchscreen system – the lower screen controlling climate settings, while the top system looks after more traditional infotainment functions. Alongside this, you get Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit system – essentially digital dials that can be configured to show the information you want.
With the A7 50 TFSI e’s powertrain, it combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and battery to produce a combined 299bhp and 370Nm of torque. That allows for a 0-60mph time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. A seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox is also used, which delivers power to all four wheels via Audi’s acclaimed Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
But it’s efficiency where this plug-in hybrid impressed, with the A7 able to travel for around 26 miles on electricity, which allows for some low running costs. Audi claims it’ll return up to 166.2mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 39g/km.
Despite being the entry-level point to the A7 range, the Sport is still very well-equipped. As standard, it comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Elsewhere it gains LED interior lighting, four-zone climate control, a reversing camera, keyless start and cruise control. It’s also equipped with a 10.1-inch infotainment system and a lower 8.6-inch screen controlling climate settings.
Upgrade to the S line to get a sportier styling kit, sports suspension, HD Matrix LED headlights and larger 20-inch alloy wheels. Leather and Alcanatara sports seats are also included, along with a perforated leather steering wheel.
Upgrade to the Black Edition to gain revised 20-inch matte grey alloy wheels, a black styling kit, privacy glass and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.