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Long Term Test: Audi A7 PHEV

e-tron long-term stats screenDropping off at the Army Foundation College,HarrogateRear passenger comfort is enhanced with 4-zone climate controlThe A7 PHEV still has room for golf clubs and two large suitcases in the bootThe orange engine and tire tracks on the car icon shows the internal combustion engine (ICE) is in use

Long-term test reviews

19th November 2020

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 19th November 2020 - Main Image

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 19th November 2020 - Apple CarPlay looks really good on the Audi A7's central screen

Apple CarPlay looks really good on the Audi A7’s central screen

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 19th November 2020 - Plenty of room to charge even the largest of smartphone wirelessly

Wireless charging is available in the central arm rest cubby

In an ever more connected world, it’s good to know the Audi A7 comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the real boon is the in-car wifi.

I’ve touched on the My Audi app before to send navigation addresses to the car.  But you can also set-up the in-car wifi via the app. It’s is a resounding plus, making connecting your mobile device(s) inside the car far easier, quicker and tidier without cables!

Lift the cover of the central armrest and you can even charge your mobile phone wirelessly – with plenty of room for even the largest of today’s mobiles.

 

Dave Wallace

The stats

Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSIe quattro 367hp

P11D: £69,085

Official combined mpg: 141.2mpg

Our combined mpg: 68.1mpg

CO2: 46g/km

9th November 2020

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 9th November 2020 - Main Image - The A7 is a real striking car, even at the local golf club

The parking brake fault message managed to clear itself and, touch wood, hasn’t made a return since, saving me a journey to the dealers.  However, I’ll keep an eye on this and if the message re-occurs I’ll book the A7 for a once-over.

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 9th November 2020 - Long-Term Stats menu

e-tron long-term stats screen

There are plenty of differing menus and information screens which can be viewed on the central screen on the Audi A7, and to be fair, it will take you a good few hours of playing around to find them all!  Buried within the My Car menu are series of screens showing everything from real-time driving stats detailing your current trip combustion engine / EV useage, to a nice graphic showing the flow of charge / combustion engine power use layered over an image of your A7, through to my favourite screen showing your long-term stats.

Whilst I religiously charge the A7 every day (as should be the case with a hybrid or EV), I was pleasantly surprised to note that over 4,911 miles of motoring, 52% of my total mileage has been spent using the electric motor.  That’s substantially more than I thought it was going to be.  Now to work out the saving over petrol!

 

Dave Wallace

Tester's notes

1. The max EV only range reduces to around 18 miles when using the heated seats and heated door mirrors on cold mornings

2. The seats in this A7 are one of most comfortable I’ve come across. The multi-directional electric adjustment means you really can get your driving position spot-on

The stats

Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSIe quattro 367hp

P11D: £69,085

Official combined mpg: 141.2mpg

Our combined mpg: 66.2mpg

CO2: 46g/km

21st October 2020

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 21st October 2020 - The Audi A8 Sportback has a really sloping rear end - very distinctive

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 21st October 2020 - myAudi App Vehicle StatusIn my last report, I noted that you can use the myAudi mobile app for choosing and then sending a destination to the A7’s sat-nav. 

But, the myAudi app does far more.  From displaying the vehicle status, including charge/fuel tank levels and a detailed breakdown on the car status, the app also allows you to find a charging terminal, join the e-tron charging service, lock/unlock your car, set the air conditioning, and provide theft and location alerts – if your unlucky enough to have your A7 stolen.

Driving data and cost and mileage trackers are also available, as is a handy warnings section; which is handy as, the app is unfortunately currently showing a parking brake fault – looks like I’ll be contacting my local Audi dealer to book in.  Thankfully, the app has a section for finding a local Audi service partner!

 

Dave Wallace

The stats

Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSIe quattro 367hp

P11D: £69,085

Official combined mpg: 141.2mpg

Our combined mpg: 66.6mpg

CO2: 46g/km

15th October 2020

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 15th October 2020 - Main Image

Short journeys are where the Audi A7, like all PHEVs, earns its keep by making the most of its 14kWh battery power.

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 15th October 2020 - Run up to Harrogate to drop my daughter off at the Army Foundation College

Dropping off at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate

But, what happens when the journey you want to take isn’t that short – how does a 2.0-litre petrol engine pushing out more than 250hp fare in the fuel stakes?

A run up to Yorkshire and back to drop my eldest daughter off at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate as she starts her career as a junior soldier in the British Army was the perfect opportunity to see how Audi’s gran coupe performed.

Drive profile set to Auto, sat-nav programmed and climate control set, we made our way from not-so-sunny Essex. Pouring with rain for almost the entire journey both to and from Harrogate via an overnight stop in Bradford, the A7 simply excelled with Audi’s legendary quattro four-weel drive system keeping us firmly planted, despite the wet weather and drenched motorways.

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 15th October 2020 - Rear Comfort is enhanced with 4-zone climate control

Rear passenger comfort is enhanced with 4-zone climate control

The A7 has an incredibly well-appointed and comfortable cabin whether you’re the driver or a chauffeured passenger and we arrived out our destination stress-free and relaxed. The Audi simply ate the 486-mile round trip at a pretty impressive average of 50.2 mpg.

 

Dave Wallace

Tester's notes

1. The ‘myAudi’ app allows you to find pre-select your destination and send it to the car in advance of your journey.

2. Autumnal mornings are quite chilly already, so it sounds slightly spoilt but it’s a shame that a heated steering wheel doesn’t come a standard.

The stats

Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSIe quattro 367hp

P11D: £69,085

Official combined mpg: 141.2mpg

Our combined mpg: 62.8mpg

CO2: 46g/km

25th September 2020

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 25th September 2020 - Main Image - the Audi A7's Matrix LED lights stand out

There’s plenty of upsides to PHEVs, but one of the consequences of vehicles with a hybrid powertrain is needing somewhere to house the batteries.

Audi A7 PHEV Long Term Test 2020 - Update - 25th September 2020 - Room for golf clubs and two large suitcases, despite the batteries being housed under the boot floor

The A7 PHEV still has room for golf clubs and two large suitcases in the boot

This often results in them being stored under the boot floor, leading to reduced storage.  With Audi’s A7 plug-in, storing that 14.1kWh battery reduces available boot space to 380 litres, or 1235 litres with folded rear seats, a reduction of 155 compared to the 535 and 1390 litres respectivelty of the non-PHEV variants.

However, the A7 plug-in’s boot is still big enough to take a set of gold clubs and a couple of large suitcases!

 

Dave Wallace

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

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 the
  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

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