Deep Dive: Audi A5 vs Audi A7 Comparo

Audi A5 vs Audi A7

Both the A5 and the A7 are stunning examples of the hatchback platform. But is one inherently better?

As generations of commuters, college students, and enthusiasts know, the hatchback is one of the most versatile vehicle configurations available. But while it might have its roots in practicality and cargo space optimization, for many of us, it’s also inherently pretty platform. That said, it’s hard to imagine executions of the concept which aim higher—and deliver more aesthetically—than Audi’s A5 and the A7. Both are design masterpieces, and in this new video, Thomas Majchrzak from Autogefühl provides a comprehensive comparison of the models.

And when I say comprehensive? I’m not kidding. At nearly 40 minutes long, there’s basically nothing Majchrzak doesn’t go over with a fine-tooth comb here. So If you’re considering either one of these vehicles, I’d say this breakdown of character traits and features is a fantastic place to start. It also led to some eye-opening realizations for me, not the least of which is the fact that in its native Germany, the A7 — which starts at a whopping $70K on this side of the Pond—doesn’t even come with a standard backup camera. Seriously Audi? How does that happen?

Now obviously, there’s a big price difference between these two machines. As Majchrzak explains toward the end of the comparison the difference is about $25k — which is not an insignificant amount of coin. Personally though, I appreciate that while there might be a wide delta between the MSRP for these vehicles, from a looks perspective, these cars are close enough to be negligible. Both are stunning examples of a modern sedan, and both make me wish we saw more traditional cars, and less SUVs and crossovers on the road. Because as I always like to say? If you want car-like handling, it really helps to start with a car.

If I were given the choice, and cost wasn’t a factor, I’d likely go with the A5, mostly because I like the proportions a hair better, and since I live in a dense urban environment, I’d appreciate the smaller footprint too. But what do you think? Watch the whole video below, or just use the handy chapter reference in the comments to skip around to the parts you’re particularly interested in. Regardless of which Audi is tops in your book, give me a shout and let me know what you think!

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Audi Announces 2023 Model Year Updates For the US

2023 Model

The German automaker will be expanding its EV lineup later this year. Audi is now updating its US product portfolio for the 2023 model year.

The Ingolstadt brand is introducing the 2023 model year for the United States. Audi’s 2023 MY lineup will get a slew of minor and major updates across the company’s portfolio. Every single Audi model now gets additional standard and optional equipment. These include the entry-level Audi A3 and Q3 variants and the top-of-the-line A8 and Q8 offerings.

Audi will also be expanding its EV portfolio later this year. The automaker will add the Audi Q4 e-tron Q4 Sportback e-tron to its lineup. For now, the 40 and 45 variants of the 2023 Audi A4 get LED headlights with integrated LED DRLs. One will also find a Bang and Olufsen sound system in the Premium Plus trim of the nameplate, and the convenience package for the entire A4 range now gets the adaptive cruise control feature.

Audi is also updating the appearance options for the 2023 A4, including new wheels. In addition to a wide range of equipment, the Premium variant of Audi A6 and S7 now get adaptive cruise control as standard. As part of the Executive package, Audi now offers the 2023 RS7 with a remote park assist feature and a black Dinamica headliner.

Audi Announces 2023 Model Year Updates For the US

For its 2023 model year, the adaptive cruise control feature is standard across all Q5 and SQ5 variants.

November last year, the 2022 Audi A8 facelift made its world debut. As a result of this, the 2023 update now gets only minor updates across the range. Audi A8 customers opting for the German automaker’s Comfort Plus package will now get HD matrix design LED headlights. Audi will now offer the high-octane S8 version with a Valcona leather interior.

SUVs and crossovers are the best-selling body types in the market right now. Nevertheless, Audi did not refrain from updating its range for the 2023 model year. The automaker’s Q3 nameplate now gets a wireless phone charging pad and LED headlights with LED daytime running lights as standard across the lineup.

The company also offers an optional appearance package for the 40 and 45 variants of the Q3, which gets new wheel options. Perhaps one of the most significant changes for the 2023 model year is a new entry-level engine option for the Audi Q7. The SUV now gets a 2-liter four-cylinder motor which churns out 261 HP of maximum power.

Lastly, Audi’s flagship Q8 and SQ8 models also get HD matrix design LED headlights and headlight washers as standard for the 2023 model year.

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ABT Sportsline’s AUDI RS7-R Sportback is a 740 HP Mild Hybrid

ABT Sportsline’s AUDI RS7-R Sportback is a 740 HP Mild Hybrid

This 740 HP Audi RS7-R Sportback ABT can accelerate from 0 to 124 MPH in just 10.2 seconds.

ABT Sportsline knows how to push the envelope and assemble an exciting high-performance machine. We discussed the Tactical Green Audi RS6 Avant, which puts out 700 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque, earlier this month. More recently, the popular YouTube channel Auditography offered an in-depth and cinematic look at the extremely specced out 740 HP RS7-R Sportback ABT.

The company will only produce 125 examples of the high-performance RS7-R Sportback ABT. The car is a 2022 model and flaunts a beautiful Sand beige metallic paint job. The limited-edition RS7-R Sportback also gets a full ABT aerodynamic body kit which includes a wide range of carbon fiber add-ons.

These include the prominent diffuser that dominates the rear end of this 2022 RS7-R. The carbon fiber aero body kit also includes a new front splitter, canards, roof spoiler, and side skirts. The car rides on 22-inch HR High Performance ABT rims that sport a black finish. Continental SportContact 6 tires envelop the dark wheels, which offer a striking contrast to this stunning paint job.

RS7-R Sportback

This 2022 Audi RS7-R Sportback ABT also gets carbon fiber mirrors and a quad-tip ABT stainless steel exhaust.

Each tip is 102 mm wide, and the exhaust produces an intoxicating racket. Even more impressive is that the power comes from an electrified mill. Under the hood of this RS7-R Sportback ABT, we find a 4-liter twin-turbo mild-hybrid powerplant. The V8 motor produces 740 HP of maximum power and 679 lb-ft of peak torque.

Power is obviously sent to all four corners. The RS7-R Sportback ABT can accelerate to 62 MPH from a complete standstill in 3.1 seconds. Furthermore, the car can also achieve a top speed of 199 mph. The interior also gets ABT Sportline treatment, and we find ABT badging adorning the seats and the shifter of this RS7-R. Throughout the video, we are greeted by amazing shots as the Audi RS7-R ABT tears across the roads of Forggensee, Germany.

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