2021 Audi A7 vs Audi A8 Comparison in Columbus, OH

A full-size luxury sedan announces your arrival like no other luxury car. From the valet desk to the country club parking lot to your garage, a sophisticated Audi sedan always feels right at home. We'd like to help you find yours for the right price at Audi Columbus. But which Audi sedan is best suited to your needs? And is the 2021 Audi A7 really a sedan at all? Find the answers to these questions and more below where we compare the 2021 Audi A7 Sportback and 2021 Audi A8 side-by-side.

2021 Audi A7 vs Audi A8 Exterior

Differences: Size & Design

The 2021 Audi A7 Sportback is similar in size to the Audi A6, the brand's midsize luxury sedan. However, instead of a typical sedan trunk, it enjoys a sloping rear hatchback. This not only gives it a sporty, hatchback-inspired shape, it means you get some extra cargo room in the rear -- in fact, you get roughly twice as much cargo space in the 2021 Audi A7 Sportback as you find in the trunk of the 2021 Audi A8.

For its part, the 2021 Audi A8 is a full-size executive luxury sedan. That means it provides a whole lot of premium space inside, especially in the rear seats. The 2021 Audi A8 gives you an additional seven inches of rear seat legroom compared to the A7 Sportback! So, whether you're driving, riding shotgun or backseat driving, the 2021 Audi A8 provides the comfort and space you demand from this segment.

Differences: Performance & Drive

At the entry-level, both cars come equipped with a 335-horsepower six-cylinder turbocharged engine. Because it's a little bit smaller and lighter, the entry-level 2021 Audi A7 Sportback is a bit quicker than an entry-level 2021 Audi A8.

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2021 Audi A7 vs Audi A8 Interior

However, when you upgrade, the 2021 Audi A8 offers even more available power. For example, both cars offer an optional plug-in hybrid system. On the 2021 Audi A7, the plug-in hybrid system combines an electric motor with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 362 total horsepower. However, the plug-in hybrid version of the 2021 Audi A8 pairs the electric system with a V6 engine for a total output of 443 horsepower! Or, you can get a mighty V8 engine cranking out 453 horsepower and nearly 500 lb-ft of torque! The matchless muscle and unmistakable sound of a V8 engine isn't available on the 2021 Audi A7 at all.

Furthermore, the 2021 Audi A8 comes standard with an adaptive air suspension, which reacts in real-time to the current road conditions to smooth out imperfections in the pavement. For a quieter, more comfortable and more responsive drive. The 2021 Audi A7 offers an adaptive suspension set-up of its own, but it'll cost you a little bit more as part of an options package.

2021 Audi A7 vs Audi A8 Features

Differences: Features & Comfort

With impressive comfort and convenience features, the 2021 Audi A7 is sure to meet your expectations of what you want from a new luxury sports car. Genuine leather upholstery and heated front seats come standard. You also get a power panoramic sunroof, three-zone automatic climate control and so much more.

That being said, none are so luxurious and feature-packed as the flagship 2021 Audi A8 sedan. It's got even more generous standard features and first-to-market innovations that you've got to experience in person to truly appreciate. For instance, the 2021 Audi A8 now comes standard with 22-way adjustable front seats with standard heating and ventilation. No matter the weather, even the seats of the Audi A8 work to keep you cozy. The Audi A8 comes standard with a Bang & Olufsen® premium audio system, which will cost you a bit more as an option on the 2021 Audi A7. Furthermore, the 2021 Audi A8 boasts some super-premium optional extras you won't find on the 2021 Audi A7, such as front & rear massaging seats, reclining & ventilated rear seats and super-soft Valcona leather.

Similarities: Safety & Technology

With a standard dual-screen MMI® Touch multimedia system, both the 2021 Audi A7 and A8 make it easy to sync your smartphone, make calls and texts, get directions and stream audio -- all safely and easily as you drive. Both cars also come with Audi pre safe® driver assist technology. Features like automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control can intervene to help keep you safe as you drive.

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Test Drive Both The 2021 Audi A7 & 2021 Audi A8 At Audi Columbus

The 2021 Audi A7 offers some extra space, style and utility in the midsize luxury car segment. Meanwhile, the 2021 Audi A8 is a flagship, ultra-premium executive sedan, and comes with all the interior comfort, legroom, technology and performance you would expect from such a vehicle. The 2021 Audi A7 is a more affordable choice with almost all the same features and excitement -- but if you want the best of the best, step up to the 2021 Audi A8.

Audi Columbus is the place to go in Central Ohio to experience all the latest and greatest from Audi during a test drive. Schedule your visit in advance, browse our inventory online to find the model that's just right for your family, or simply stop by our dealership location. Our team can help make an Audi part of your life at a lower cost than you might expect. In our service center, factory-trained Audi experts are always on hand to help keep your Audi running its best. We can even help you learn about your vehicle's features and configure the multimedia system to work with your mobile devices. You'll love getting to upgrade your commute at Audi Columbus. Part of the family-owned and operated Byers Auto Group.

2021 Audi A72021 Audi A8
$69,200Starting MSRP*$86,500
335Standard Horsepower335
369 lb.-ft.Standard Torque369 lb.-ft.
Plug-In Hybrid ModelEngine UpgradesPlug-In Hybrid Model Or V8 Model
5.2 SecondsStandard 0-60 MPH Acceleration Time5.6 Seconds (6-Cylinder) / 4.5 Seconds (8-Cylinder)
7-Speed S tronic® Dual-Clutch AutomaticTransmission8-Speed Tiptronic® Automatic 
24.9 cu. ft.Cargo Volume12.5 cu. ft.
3-Zone AutomaticClimate Control4-Zone Automatic
Heated 8-Way Power Front Seats w/ Driver Lumbar AdjustmentFront SeatsHeated, Ventilated 22-Way Power Front Seats w/ Memory & Lumbar Adjustment
8.8" Upper & 8.6" Lower TouchscreensMultimedia System10.1" Upper & 8.6" Lower Touchscreens

*Prices listed are the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the vehicle and options you chose. Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.