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2015 Audi S7

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/17/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The Audi S7 now comes standard with the S line exterior package, full LED headlights, and a head-up display.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Audi S7 is one of two performance variants of the A7, slotting under the RS 7 but above the base A7 in terms of capability. The S7 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 rated at 420 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy is surprisingly good for such a powerful car, at 17/27 mpg city/highway.

Overview

Acceleration is impressive in the 2015 Audi S7, thanks to its powerful V-8 engine providing plenty of power for passing and merging at all speeds. The car's performance-tuned chassis, which includes an air suspension and standard all-wheel drive, gives it plenty of grip and handling that belie its weight. Steering feel, however, is a weak point with little in terms of feel while understeer remains prominent when driving spiritedly through twisty roads.

The S7's hatchback body style also makes it a practical choice, with up to 49.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. The back seats have plenty of space but lack a central seating position, limiting passenger capacity to four. Tech and convenience features are also plentiful and include Audi's MMI infotainment interface as standard, night vision, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and safety aids such as lane assist, adaptive cruise control, and a corner-view camera system.The Driver Assistance package adds a host of safety aids including automatic front emergency braking, Audi active lane assist, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

What We Think

The Audi S7 punches above its class in terms of performance, with its strong acceleration and impressive driving dynamics. In a 2013 First Test review, we said that the car has plenty of power on tap even at low revs and "flings you down the road." However, the car's steering remains a weak point since it feels numb while understeer remains prominent. Grip levels, as we noted in a comparison test against the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 4Matic and BMW 650i xDrive, is impressive and complements the S7's great handling.

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-8 engine
  • Great handling
  • Usable hatchback body style

You Won't Like

  • Seating limited to two in the rear
  • Numb steering
  • Overly sensitive throttle

Key Competitors

  • BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • Jaguar XF
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Maserati Ghibli

Rating

4 star

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