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Long Term Test: Audi A7 PHEV

The orange engine and tire tracks on the car icon shows the internal combustion engine (ICE) is in use

Long-term test reviews

Update - 10th September 2020

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 10th September 2020 - the A7 is an imposing car

Driving a hybrid is a far easier experience than I first imagined in that, with the Audi A7, there is no requirement to select different levels of energy recuperation under braking etc.  It’s a simple get-in-and-go affair.

That said, for those that like to have some input, there are three key modes of operation to choose from. Hybrid mode is set automatically, and will aim to provide optimum efficiency by automatically selecting either electric, petrol or a combination of both; EV mode utilises battery power only – unless you kick-down hard on the accelerator or are driving over 88mph (which you obviously won’t be doing on UK roads!), in which case the 2.0 TFSI will engage, and last but not least, Battery Hold mode. This final option keeps the battery charge at its current level, allowing you to save your battery for town/city environments later in the journey to keep emissions down rather than on faster A-roads or motorways.

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 10th September 2020 - Car icon with orange engine shows the internal combustion engine in use

The orange engine and tire tracks on the car icon shows the internal combustion engine (ICE) is in use

Hybrid mode is probably all you need, for most of my journeys at least, it takes the hassle out of having to select the right driving mode.  The petrol engine kicks in when required, but the transition from EV to internal combustion power is almost imperceptible – apart from the not unpleasant rasp of the exhaust and the icon on the dash to show your using the ICE.

Some may prefer to play with different levels of braking and recuperation, but it’s an easier transition from one technology to another if there’s nothing new about the driving experience.

 

Dave Wallace

Tester's notes

  1. The A7’s daytime running lights make it stand out from the crowd and are especially pleasing at night when both the front and rear lights have a start-up animation to them.
  2. Not all keyless entry systems work well, but so far the Audi’s has been faultless.  

The stats

Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSIe quattro 367hp

P11D: £69,085

Official combined mpg: 141.2mpg

Our combined mpg: 64.9mpg

CO2: 46g/km

Update - 24th August 2020

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 24th August 2020 -Capacious grille

They say that you can’t change a first impression, but there’s no need for Audi to worry on that account. 

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 24th August 2020 - Long bonnet and swooping rooflineThis A7 executive coupe hits the right notes from the off with a bold, muscular front end and capacious grille, flowing through a sleek and swooping roofline and running down to flared shoulders.  It’s a beast.

And that positive first impression doesn’t change on the inside either with the typical quality finish to the cabin that Audi has become renowned for; tactile surfaces and clean lines abound with a quality that permeates the cabin.

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 24th August 2020 - Tactile surfaces and the usual quality Audi finishAnd that’s without even getting to the very comfy looking leather and alcantara seats bearing Audi’s S-line logo!

 

Dave Wallace

The stats

Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSIe quattro 367hp

P11D: £69,085

Official combined mpg: 141.2mpg

Our combined mpg: 66.4mpg

CO2: 46g/km

13 August 2020

Audi A7 PHEV LTT 2020

Audi A7 PHEV LTT 2020My new long-term test vehicle brings something different to the table.  After myriad crossover/SUVs, I’ll be behind the wheel of an executive coupe for the next six months in the guise of Audi’s stylish A7 Sportback plug-in hybrid.

If you’re lucky enough to have this on your company car choice list, chances are you’re at senior exec level.  That’s because this PHEV carries a price tag of £68,425 before any extras.  Our test car also comes in Firmament Blue metallic (£685), Comfort & Sound pack (£1,895) and with delivery, half a tank of fuel, plates, Road Fund Licence and first registration fee bringing the total to £71,720.

Audi A7 PHEV LTT 2020But, for this money you get Audi’s 4-cylinder 2.0 TFSI petrol engine mated to a 14.1kWh Lithium-ion battery to produce a combined 367hp resulting in a 0-62 dash of 5.7 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph. But only 46g/km of emissions and an electric-only official range of up to 24 miles.

This car also comes packed with kit which we’ll explore in future reports.  Two features I’m particularly interested in are the Predictive Efficiency Assist and the Predicted Operating Strategy.  These two technologies are designed to ensure the correct driving mode for every situation (more details to follow).

Watch this space!

Dave wallace

Tester's notes

  1. The A7 utliises Audi’s three digital screens – the digital dash replacing the old-style binnacle, a centrally located higher dash screen for most operating features – radio, sat-nav, phone etc, and the third lower screen for climate controls and keypad entry
  2. Matrix LED headlights come as standard on this model and they provide excellent night-vision and are far-less intrusive to on-coming vehicles

The stats

Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSIe quattro 367hp

P11D: £69,085

Official combined mpg: 141.2mpg

Our combined mpg: tbc mpg

CO2: 46g/km