2018 Audi S7

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2018 MODEL
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2018 Audi S7 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Do you fantasize about owning a sports coupe that is startlingly fast but still practical enough to become your daily driver?Audi has got it covered for you with something tailor-made to your specifications. In comes the 2018 Audi S7, with its captivating and ageless design, extravagant interiors and brute power. The folks at Ingolstadt have created a gorgeous, beast of a car which is sure turning heads from the moment it rolls out on the tarmac.

Audi has fitted the S7 with a 4.0L V8 powertrain belting out 450 hp and 406 lb-ft torque. The performance figures of this luxury sports sedan can put even hardcore sports cars to shame. There is just endless power available on tap at all times no matter what gear the car is on.

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Pros

Brute and muscular looks

Rich interiors

Big on cargo space

Fairly powerful

Cons

Audi's latest MMI not present

Rear legroom not enough for tall adults

Feedback on the steering feels synthetic

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$81200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

190 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

346 cu. in.

horsepower

383 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 1400 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.5/13.9

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

200 in.

width

78 in.

height

75.2 in.

curb weight

5800 lbs.

ground clearance

8.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

24.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.7 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

4.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

162 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/18 mpg

ev range

336.6 mi.

highway range

442.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ unlimited



Styles

 2018 Audi S7 in Brilliant Black color  2018 Audi S7 in Florett Silver Metallic color  2018 Audi S7 in Glacier White Metallic color  2018 Audi S7 in Ibis White color  2018 Audi S7 in Tornado Gray Metallic color
Brilliant Black

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Ratings

Features

9.1

Engine

8.5

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

6.4

Exterior

9.9

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Audi S7 Premium Plus quattro

Premium Plus quattro

power
450 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 mpg

$81,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $81,200 MSRP (16 mpg/18 mpg/24 mpg) 450 hp @ 5500 rpm4gaspremium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automated manual all wheel drive N/A

 2018 Audi S7 Prestige quattro

Prestige quattro

power
450 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 mpg

$83,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $83,150 MSRP (16 mpg/18 mpg/24 mpg) 450 hp @ 5500 rpm4gaspremium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automated manual all wheel drive N/A

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

8.4

Overall Rating


If the exterior doesn't do enough to knock your pants off, step inside and you'll be greeted by the captivating plush interiors that are still a benchmark in terms of refinement. The fine blend of power, luxury, and practicality offered by the S7 does not come cheap at all. With a starting price of $81,200, it's reserved for the few well-heeled folks who truly know what spending that type of money brings.


9.1/10
Features

 

8.5/10
Engine

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.4/10
Interior

 

9.9/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2018 Audi S7 Features

9.1/10

The 2018 Audi S7 comes in a total of 2 trims, premium plus, and prestige. The $81,200 premium plus trim comes packed with a long list of features. The standard list includes LED exterior lighting, Audi adaptive air suspension with S model-specific tuning, valcona leather seats and a HUD amongst other features. Safety measures such as Audi side assist with pre sense rear and stability control come standard as well. Notably, the emergency braking system is optional.

If that doesn’t do the trick, for a premium of $1950, the higher prestige trim sweetens the deal even further as it adds features like 20-inch wheels in place of the standard 19 inch, high-performance summer tires, power soft closing doors and LED cabin lights.

Trims Premium Plus Prestige
MSRP $81,200 $83,150
Key Features Audi adaptive air suspension (with S model-specific tuning) All features of Premium Plus, and:
  Valcona leather seats with contrast diamond stitching (with S7 model designation) High-performance summer tires
  BOSE Surround Sound System with 14 speakers Power soft-closing doors
  AudioPilot noise compensation Corner view camera system
  Audi side assist with pre sense rear LED cabin lighting
  LED exterior lighting 20-inch wheels
  Sunroof  
  Power liftgate  
  Rearview camera  
  Blind-spot monitoring system  
  Heated auto-dimming mirrors  
  Head-up display and Audi's MMI electronics interface (8-inch display, knob controller, touchpad)  
  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration  

We Recommend

The premium plus trim is what we think should be the pick of the lot. It is packed with all the tech and finesse, from leather seats to adaptive air suspension, all that you would ever expect from a luxury hatchback. The higher prestige trims add features like 20-inch wheels, LED interior lighting etc which one can easily live without and save 2 grand in the process.

2018 Audi S7 Engine

8.5/10

"Sneaky fast. The 450-hp 4.0-liter V8 builds power so easily you barely notice the law-breaking speed you've built up, with 60 mph arriving in just 4.2 seconds. The seven-speed automatic is ultra-quick, smart and smooth-shifting."- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

After giving up the naturally aspirated V10 in its older generations, the 2018 Audi S7 now features a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 producing a menacing 450 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 7 speed S Tronic dual clutch automatic transmission which provides razor-sharp shifts at most times. However, press the pedal a little hard and the gearbox is caught gasping for the right gear.

Compare the Audi S7 to its immediate rivals and you’ll find that not only is it one of the most powerful cars in its segment but it also undercuts most of its rivals in terms of pricing.

Models Audi S7 BMW 650i xDrive Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 Porsche Panamera 4S
MSRP $81,200 $96,000 $75,150 $103,000
Engine Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.0 L/244 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.4 L/268 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.7 L/285 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 2.9 L/177
Transmission 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission with automatic Sport and Manual shift modes 9-speed 9G-Tronic 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) with Auto Start Stop function
Horsepower 450hp @ 5,800 rpm 445hp @ 5,500 rpm 402hp @ 5,000 rpm 440hp @ 5,650 rpm
Torque 406 lb.-ft. @ 1,400 rpm 480 lb.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm 443 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm 405 lb.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm

Acceleration

Although the gearbox tends to hesitate when the pedal is floored, the acceleration on the Audi S7 is reasonably spirited off the line. A 0-60 mph sprint comes up in 4.5 sec while a quarter of a mile takes in 12.2 sec. The engine delivers astoundingly linear performance.

The S7 demonstrates its prowess when compared to its rivals. Only the much more expensive 650i and the Panamera manage to do the 0-60 mph dash faster. The S7 is still the quickest to complete quarter of a mile.

Models Audi S7 BMW 650i xDrive Mercedes-Benz CLS-550 Porsche Panamera 4S
0-60 MPH 4.5 sec 4.3 sec 4.9 sec 4.2 sec
Quarter mile 12.2 sec 12.8 sec 12.8 sec 12.3 sec
Engine 4.0L 4.4L 4.7L 2.9L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.8 8.8 8.4 7.7

Ride and Handling

When driving the S7, you will never for a moment forget that you’re driving a 2-ton vehicle. Still, the car behaves well if not pushed to the absolute limit. It is infectiously comfortable and one wouldn’t mind sitting for long hours in here. The charming rumble that comes from the quad exhausts further enhances the experience,

The electric steering wheel does its job most of the time but one can’t rule away it's limp and synthetic like feedback. Audi could’ve done better here.

Braking

In order to ensure maximum safety, not only has Audi installed massive brakes on all four wheels but has also included a host of active braking features. The brake pedals themselves act as a weak point sometimes as a long pedal travel takes away the sensitivity.

All rivals of the S7 fare better as they are able to do a 60-0 mp halt at least in under 15 ft less of Audi’s 123 ft.

Model Audi S7 BMW 650i xDrive Mercedes-Benz CLS-550 Porsche Panamera 4S
Brake Front(in) 15.7 14.7 14.2 14.2
Brake Rear(in) 14.0 13.6 12.6 13.0
Curb Weight(lbs) 4486 4570 4233 4123
60-0 MPH (ft.) 123 107 107 101

2018 Audi S7 Fuel Economy

6.5/10

When one shells out nearly $80,000 on a luxury coupe, fuel economy is bound to hold little importance. The twin-turbo V8 on the Audi sure likes to think so as it the least efficient engine amongst its rivals.

The Panamera leads the lot here as it does a minimum of 2-3 mpg better than other rivals and almost 5 mpg better than the S7.

Model Audi S7 BMW 650i xDrive Mercedes-Benz CLS-550 Porsche 4S
MPG (city) 16 17 18 21
MPG (highway) 24 25 26 28
MPG (combined) 20 20 21 24

2018 Audi S7 Interior

6.4/10

"There's so much to like inside the Audi A7 it's hard to know where to start. There are high-quality materials, like standard leather seating, with an upgrade to diamond-stitched higher-quality hides in S7 models."- Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

The Audi S7 maintains a gentleman-ish aura on the inside. At first glance, the interior feels much richer than it actually is. The quality, fit and finish on the interior are breathtaking and ticks all the right boxes. The seats in this Audi S7 soaks you in from the moment you sit. The padding level is optimum and everything appears to be right where it should be.

An optional comfort package is also on offer, it adds massaged and cooled seats in place of the regular ones. There is comfortable seating for four. Comparing the stats of the S7 with the rivals reveals that the BMW 650i xDrive is the only bigger 5 seater vehicle here.

Model Audi S7 BMW 650i xDrive Mercedes-Benz CLS-550 Porsche 4S
Passenger capacity 4 5 4 4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

36.9/57.2/41.3 40.6/56.7/42.1 36.9/57.1/42.1 --/--/--

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

36.6/55.9/37 37/54.6/35.3 36.1/56.5/35 --/--/--

Infotainment System

The Audi S7 features a 6.5 retractable touchscreen with signature Audi MMI interface. The system quickly reacts to inputs and is overall user-friendly. Google maps can also be directly broadcasted onto the secondary screen. Now, It also features 4G connectivity and in-car WiFi.

The S7, unfortunately, misses out on the amazing Audi virtual cockpit. It sure plays as a spoilsport in an overall high tech car.

Interior Features

Key interior features are:

  • 6.5-inch retractable screen
  • Carbon fiber appliques
  • S logo on the steering wheel
  • Valcona leather seats
  • LED cabin lights

Cargo Capacity

Being a hatchback, the S7 enjoys a favorably large cargo space. It can easily fit 2-4 medium sized suitcases. Airport runs would be nothing to worry about if you own this vehicle

The Audi S7 has a huge advantage when compared to rivals as It is more than 5 cube ft. bigger than all of them. The Panamera is the only vehicle that takes benefit of the foldable 2nd-row seats.

Model Audi S7 BMW 650i xDrive Mercedes-Benz CLS-550 Porsche 4S
Volume behind 2nd row (cube ft.) 24.5 16.2 15.3 17.4
2nd row folded (cube ft.) N/A N/A N/A 46

2018 Audi S7 Exterior

9.9/10

"Ever since its debut in 2012, the A7's fastback shape has been a defining element. Sure, beauty is subjective, but most agree this is a fine-looking car from virtually any angle." - Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The Audi S7 is in a desperate need of personal trainer as it weighs almost 2 tons. The extra weight clearly hampers the rideability of the vehicle. The BMW 650i is the only heavier vehicle in comparison. Barring the weight category, all the S7’s rivals feature dimensions bigger by at least 4-5 inches.

Model Audi S7 BMW 650i xDrive Mercedes-Benz CLS-550 Porsche 4S
Curb weight(lbs) 4486 4570 4233 4123
Length(in) 196.3 197.2 194.5 198.8
Width(in) 75.2 74.6 81.7 76.3
Height(in) 55 54.8 55.8 56
Ground clearance(in) 4.4 5 4.8 N/A
Wheelbase(in) 114.8 116.9 113.2 116.1
Track width(in) F/R 64.6/64.3 63.2/65.8 62.9/64.1 65.8/65.0

Exterior Features

 

The 2018 Audi S7 features a host of very peculiar exterior features. Some of the key ones are

  • Coupe-like design
  • Buffed up fenders
  • All LED lights.
  • Sunroof
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Optional 20-inch wheels
  • Quad exhausts

Wheels

The standard config. includes a set of 19-inch wheels while optional 20-inch wheels with high-performance summer tires are also available.

2018 Audi S7 Safety

There are no crash tests rating as none of the authorities have tested it yet. However, being an $80,000 vehicle, you can expect it to be fitted with advanced safety features that ensure the well being of the passengers. The list of the safety features includes:

Safety Features

  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, front thorax side airbags, knee airbags and Sideguard head curtain airbags
  • Front passenger occupant detection for airbags
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in outboard rear seats
  • Electromechanical parking brake

*IIHS and NHTSA haven't rated the Audi S7*

2018 Audi S7 Competition

BMW 650i xDrive vs Audi S7

The 650i is a very capable vehicle in itself. Like most of its rivals, it also features a big V8. The interiors are chic and the car, after being such a heavy vehicle, will corner at unbelievable speeds. It’s got all the ingredients almost correctly.

But, the styling is where the S7 really takes it away. The engine on the S7 is more powerful, the interior finish is slightly better as well. So, If you aren’t a BMW fanboy, you can take our word for the S7 and go for It.

Mercedes Benz CLS 550 vs Audi S7

The Mercedes Benz CLS 550 looks better in its current generation than any of the earlier ones. But, It still doesn’t come close to the Audi in terms of styling. The engine produces almost 50 hp less than the one on the Audi. The interiors though are almost at par but the Audi takes it away by less than what you’d think.

However, a well kitted out version of the S7 is well more expensive than a high-end version of the CLS 550. For the kind of money it goes for, the CLS 550 might be preferred but if you have the money in your pocket, S7 is definitely the better one.

Porsche Panamera 4s vs Audi S7

Take a drive in the Panamera 4s and it wouldn’t take your long to realize that it's actually a 911 in 4 door guise. The drive dynamics are strong and firm. The stability of which this car corner is truly awe-inspiring.

However, when it comes to styling, S7 scores much better than the bizarre looking Porsche. The interior fit is better in the S7 too. Finally, If you want a strong driver-centric car, the Porsche is what you're looking for but if you want to cruise in comfort and style, Audi S7 should make a stronger case.

2018 Audi S7 Final Verdict

There are very few cars that can switch from being performance centric to driver-centric as and when desired. The Audi S7 is one such car that has all the potential to be a potent daily driver. The mile munching capability of this vehicle is unparalleled. Once you realize how big the cargo space is, it will become a lifesaver too.  The steering wheel might turn out to be a disappointment for hardcore enthusiasts but this car was never aimed towards them. This car is aimed at the executive buyer who wants the ultimate luxurious and sporty daily driver.