One of the very best luxury cars Audi currently makes just got a little bit better in the US market. The Audi A7 is a fantastic all-around car; it’s great looking, has a lovely interior, is nice to drive and is surprisingly practical. Now, though, it also comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s barely more expensive than its standard sibling.
In the US, the Audi A7 55 TFSI e (Audi has got to work on its naming structure) will start at $74,900, which is only $550 more than the non-hybrid A7 55, when equipped in “Premium Plus” trim . The hybrid A7 TFSI e is only available with either the “Premium Plus” or “Prestige” trims, not the standard “Premium” trim. So when both cars are on the same trim level, giving them the same levels of equipment, the hybrid only costs $550 more.
For that extra money, you’re getting a plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s more high-tech and more efficient. Replacing the standard 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 is a 2.0 liter turbo-four with an electric motor and some batteries. Despite the engine size difference, the four-cylinder hybrid A7 actually makes more power than the six-cylinder car, with 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
That powertrain still routes power through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive, so you still retain the snappy gearshifts and unflappable grip of the Audi A7.
The only real trade-off is that the hybrid car will be a bit slower to 60 mph, due to the added weight of the 14 kWh battery pack but, honestly, you’ll never notice the difference. What’s more important is the fact that the hybrid car gains some all-electric range. Audi has been mum on both details for the North American market but, considering the specs are the same as the Euro-market car, we can assume the 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds and all-electric range of 25 miles to be accurate.
That electric range, hybrid technology and cleaner emissions, despite being barely perceptibly slower and costing almost nothing more makes the Audi A7 55 TFSI e potentially the best A7 you can buy. Aside from the S7 or RS7, of course.