Designed as an executive luxury coupe car, the Audi A7 first began production in 2010. This five-door liftback (also classified as a four-door hatchback) features a sloping roofline and steeply raked rear window with an integrated boot lid. This is what gives this type of automobile the "Sportback" name. It also has four frameless doors as part of its structural design. At the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, it was unveiled as a three-liter V6 TDI clean engine concept vehicle that had a rating of 222 horsepower. At the time, it also featured a preview of the facelift 2015 A7 Sportback. The first generation of the Audi A7 ran from 2010 until 2018 and was designed by Stefan Sielaff. The second generation, designed by Sebastiano Russo, maintained the five-door liftback design. Although modeled as a 2018 Audi A7, this vehicle was already on sale in Europe since late 2017. Its North American production didn't begin until February 2018. The 2023 A7 lineup now has a horsepower output of 355 and is a three-liter, V-6, turbocharged machine capable of 359 pounds per foot torque. The base price of the 2023 lineup starts at $70,295 USD. There is also an EV alternative to this automobile. There are at least twenty cars that are similar to the Audi A7 design that serves as potential alternatives to what is officially classed as a mid-size luxury sedan.
1. Acura TLX
As a luxury sedan, the 2022 Acura TLX is a flashy alternative to the Audi A7. With excellent safety ratings and features, when the TLX is upgraded to a V6 engine, its 350-horsepower performance can go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.1 seconds. While Acura's A7 can do this in 4.7 seconds, these two vehicles have so much in common when it comes to comparing fuel economy. The TLX has a 22/31 miles-per-gallon rating between city and highway while the A7 is rated at 21/30. There's not much of a difference here. The $44,450 USD base price tag of the Acura TLX makes it a cheaper alternative to the A7 but still serves as an acceptable alternative to its pricier counterpart.
2. Aston Martin Rapide
Although it's a 2019 model, the Aston Martin Rapide was the cat's meow as far as luxury-four door sedans go. This mid-sized gem of a vehicle was priced at $207,775 USD and as far as luxury car fans are concerned, worth every penny. How is this comparable to the Audi A7? They're both four-door sedan-style automobiles that seat up to five people. They're both mid-sized and they both have the liftback feature.
3. BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive
When visiting a multitude of review sites on the internet, the BMW 5 Series is among the most-mentioned alternatives to the Audi A7. As mid-sized sedans, their numbers are closely aligned, especially BMW's 540i xDrive model specifically. This BMW model starts at $55,195 USD, making it the cheaper alternative and actually has more in common with Audi's A6 lineup. However, these models come from German manufacturers who share the same passion for delivering high-performance vehicles with luxury design. The 540i xDrive is technically classified as a midsize, four-door sedan, it does share the same liftback design as the A7. The A7 has been classified as a five-door liftback, as well as a four-door midsize hatchback.
4. BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe
BMW's 2022 and 2023 editions of the 8 Series Gran Coupe share the 2022 Audi A7 class as a luxury coupe-style sedan that can seat five people. It has the options as an all-wheel-drive unit, as well as rear-wheel drive. As far as luxury four-door sedans go, the two have much in common. The overall size of the BMW 8 series is bigger at 200.2 inches long and 84.1 inches wide (with mirrors). Its 335-horsepower output is slightly less in its base model than Audi's A7 but it still counts as a comparable option as a luxury sedan. At $85,995.00 USD minimum, it is somewhat pricier.
5. Genesis G80
Both the Genesis G80 and the Audi A7 provide spacious and comfortable interiors as a coupe-style luxury sedans. The G80 uses a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is capable of producing three hundred horsepower and has a fuel economy rating of twenty-three miles per gallon in the city and thirty-two miles per gallon on the highway. This makes this five-passenger vehicle an acceptable alternative to the A7 in every feature that counts. Granted, it takes the G80 5.9 seconds to go from zero to sixty miles per hour compared to A7's ability to do this in 4.7 seconds, but at a $48,000 USD base price, this may serve as a winner for luxury vehicle buyers wanting a more affordable option.
6. Honda Civic Si
The 2022 Honda Civic Si has a redesigned body and updated interior, making it a comparable alternative to the Audi A7. Granted, at the base price of $28,595 USD, it may not have the luxurious class level but it does share the five-person seating capacity. It also shares the four-door sedan classification. The base Honda Civic model also has a four-door hatchback design at a lower price point of $23,645 USD. The overall size of the Civic Si is somewhat smaller than the A7 at 184 inches in length and does have a superior fuel economy rating of twenty-eight miles per gallon in the city and thirty-seven miles per gallon on the highway.
7. Jaguar XF
The 2022 Jaguar XF is a luxury midsize car that matches Audi's A7 class as a four-door sedan. Starting at the $47,000 USD mark, this five-seater, this Jag's car length measures 195.35 inches. It's just a hint shorter than the A7, barely enough to notice through the common eye. It shares the all-wheel-drive features as the A7, as well as the thirty miles per gallon rating on the highway. Like Audi, Jaguar is a luxury brand that is also known for its performance.
8. Kia K5
Starting at $24,885 USD, the 2022 Kia K5 has been classified as a four-door sedan that can seat up to five passengers. While this may not be as luxurious as the Audi A7, the sexy exterior still makes this Kia Optima offspring an excellent rival to both the A7 and the infamous Honda Accord. The friendlier pricing of the K5 made it a 2022 Editor's Choice with Car and Driver. This 290-horsepower machine can zip from zero to sixty in 5.2 seconds, which is less than a full second slower than the A7. As an all-wheel drive, the K5 actually has a superior fuel economy rating compared to the A7. On the highway, it's rated at thirty-two miles per gallon while in the city it's at twenty-four miles per gallon. The difference isn't much, but for sedan fans who pay just as much attention to economics as they do to vehicle performance, it still counts.
9. Kia Stinger
Like the Audi A7, the Kia Stinger comes in an all-wheel drive. It's also classified as a four-door hatchback with its mid-size sedan design. Stinger's vehicular length is measured at 190.2 inches which isn't that much of a difference from A7's 195.6 inches. The Stinger is only a fraction of a second faster when going from zero to sixty miles per hour at 4.6. Its starting price tag is $37,345 USD, making this the cheaper alternative to the A7 as an upfront cost. The fuel economy may not be as great as it's rated at twenty-four miles per gallon on the highway and seventeen miles per gallon in the city. The A7 fares better at thirty and twenty-one, respectively.
10. Lexus ES 300h
The 2022 Lexus ES 300h is technically a front-wheel-drive luxury-class sedan model compared to the all-wheel drivetrain belonging to Audi's A7 models. However, as a five-passenger coupe-style sedan, it counts as a comparable alternative. At a body length of 195.9 inches and a width of 73.4 inches with mirrors, this somewhat skinnier version starts at the $43,225 USD price point. If you want the Lexus ES 300h to upgrade in luxury and performance, the ultra-luxury model starts at $52,400 USD. As a hybrid, its fuel economy rating is superior at a combined miles-per-gallon of forty-three compared to A7's twenty-four-miles-per-gallon rating.
11. Lucid Air
The Lucid Air may be an EV-only unit compared to Audi's A7 but it has all the luxurious design and performance levels needed to make this an easily comparable alternative. At a 480-horsepower output, this machine can go from zero to sixty in about three seconds and can travel over five hundred miles between charges. It offers a smooth and luxurious ride, just like the A7. If A7 were to peer into its future as a pure EV unit, the Lucid Air would be the most likely candidate it would follow as an example. At the base price of $77,400 USD, the Lucid Air has it where it counts as a luxury sedan.
12. Mercedes-AMG E63 S
Base priced at $105,395 USD, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S model is the most expensive alternative to the Audi A7 on the list. It is also the most performant as one of the closest makes and models on the market. Just like the A7, it has an all-wheel drivetrain. Just like the A7, it has the mid-size, four-door sedan classification. Also, just like the A7, it is a luxury-classed vehicle that makes good use of all the technology currently available. In three seconds, it can go from zero to sixty with its 603-horsepower engine. Yeah, it's the beastliest car similar to the Audi A7 but all the similar characteristics are there. It's a longer vehicle at 196.4 inches and it isn't quite as fuel-efficient. On the highway, it has a rating of twenty-two miles per gallon, so this is not the option to go with if you're concerned about fuel economy.
13. Mercedes-Benz CLS
When it comes to a luxury coupe-style sedan, no brand holds the mantle quite as distinctively as Mercedes-Benz. Its CLS model owes its design to the stately E-Class but with an arching roofline for a sleeker and sportier silhouette. While the 2023 Audi A7 starts at $70,295 USD, the Benz's CLS begins at $72,950 USD. Like the A7, it can hold five passengers. Its horsepower output is 362 and measures 198.8 inches long and 81.5 inches wide with mirrors. It's a bit longer than Audi's 195.6 inches but is skinnier than its 83.4 inches. Another key difference is the CLS is a rear-wheel drive while the A7 is an all-wheel drive. The Benz is a nine-speed automatic compared to A7's seven-speed.
14. Mercedes-Benz E Class
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz E Class also shares most of the Audi A7's features as a luxury mid-sized, four-door sedan with the liftback feature. On sites like U.S. News and World Report Reviews, it's earned the reputation as one of the best vehicles in its class. Starting at $54,950 USD, it shares the five-passenger capacity as its AMG E63 S cousin, and the Audi A7.
15. Nissan Maxima
Granted, the Nissan Maxima may not be luxury-classed like the Audi A7. It does, however, share the same characteristics as a mid-size, four-door sedan that comes as a liftback. The car's length is measured at 192.8 inches, making it a bit shorter. Priced at $38,935 USD, it's considerably cheaper than the A7. For a more luxurious option of the Maxima, the platinum trim is the way to go, which starts at $44,245 USD.
16. Porsche Panamera
As a luxury brand, Porsche has what it takes to measure up to Audi. The Porsche Panamera is the answer to the Audi A7 as an all-wheel-drive, four-door sedan alternative. When it comes to luxury, it is difficult to outdo a Porsche. When it comes to performance and reputation, there's a reason why the brand is one of the names mentioned most often. Starting at $89,7500 USD, this is also one of the most luxurious brands that have also been classified as a four-door hatchback. It has so much in common with the A7. Like the A7, it has multiple trim options that also see increases in luxury and performance along the way. The horsepower output of the basic model is 325 while its most performant version, the Panamera GTS, boasts 473 horsepower.
17. Tesla Model S
The 2022 edition of Tesla's Model S has so much in common with Audi's A7 when it comes to its eye-catching aesthetics and sharp exterior. It also has a luxurious interior that classifies the Model S as a luxury coupe-style sedan. Starting at $94,900 USD, Tesla is pushing the boundaries of automotive design into a future that demands brands like Audi to completely revolutionize how cars are made. Yes, the 2022 Tesla Model S boasts a horsepower output of 1,020 and yes, it can reach sixty miles per hour in under two seconds. This is clearly faster than the A7 but when it comes to comparing mid-size sedans with four doors, they're comparable. When it comes to the liftback, this is something else they also have in common.
18. Toyota Camry
Like the Audi A7, the Toyota Camry is classified as a four-door sedan that shares the liftback feature. Just like the Audi A7, it has the classification as a mid-sized four-door hatchback. Measuring 194.6 inches in length, it's just a wee bit shorter than A7's 195.6 inches. Starting at $27,000 USD, it's also a cheaper alternative. It can also hold five people inside.
19. Volkswagen Arteon
The 2022 Volkswagen Arteon starts at $40,750 USD and has a horsepower performance level of 300. Its production run began in 2017 and is poised to take on the automotive industry as a luxury sedan wonder. When measuring up to the Audi A7, bear in mind both of these units come from the same parent company that has made Volkswagen the world-class brand it is. Just like the A7, it's been classified as a four-door hatchback. It's also a wee bit faster when going from zero to sixty miles per hour by a fraction of a second.
20. Volvo S90
Volvo has firmly established itself as a brand that knows how to make vehicles seem timeless. In the case of its S90, this is no exception. The distinct luxury that makes this coupe-style sedan what it is adds to the justification to start its price point at $51,850 USD. As a 295-horsepower machine, it can zip from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.6 seconds. Compared to A7's ability to accomplish this in 4.7 seconds, it may seem a bit sluggish. However, the fuel economy rating between these two five-seater vehicles is remarkably similar. Volvo's S90 has a miles-per-gallon rating of 23 and 31 between city and highway while Audi's A7 is at 21 and 30.
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