Audi A7 Sportback (2011–2018)

What's good

Spacious and luxurious interior. A rarity on the roads so ensures exclusivity.

3.0 BiTDI engine with 313PS is immense.

Black Edition models available.

What to watch out for

Multitronic CVT in lower powered 3.0 TDI is relaxed but not very responsive.

3-1-2014: Problems with an Audi A7 Sportback over the first 8 months: At 400 miles the boot lock failed, then failed again at 1,700 miles after being replaced. Key then failed and wouldn't unlock or lock and car wouldn't start the car as all electrics went on shutdown. Car recovered to Stoke Audi. Subsequently steering 'froze' resulting in wheel damage. Stoke Audi found no problem. Then steering 'froze' again resulting in £5000 of damage to wheels and suspension. Again, Stoke Audi found no reason for this.

7-3-2015: Transmission of 2011 A7 Sportsback giving trouble. Gear changes not normal from third gear. Slams hard when re-accelerating in a traffic queue. Audi diagnosed need for new ECU, new Mechatronics and clutch pack.

12-4-2016: Report of panoramic sunroof of Audi A7 shattering. Cost £6,000 to replace. Owner lost £500 excess on his insurance. Thinks it's due to the fact the car is fitted with 21-inch wheels and a shock from hitting a pothole or road hump shattered the roof.

17-6-2016: S tronic transmission of Audi A7 failed. Car had been bought from a BMW dealer 7 months previously and dealer had replaced the transmission fluid with the wrong fluid, leading to the failure of the transmission. Audi dealer asking £10k to replace the transmission.

1-8-2016: Report of failure of S tronic transmission of 2010/60 reg Audi A7 quattro, purchased as an Approve Used Audi on 2-8-2014. SG60LSZ was initially taken into Audi Finchley Service Centre on 25 November 2015, following an amber warning light on the vehicle’s information display, which confirmed that there was a “gearbox malfunction, you may continue driving”. Investigation revealed that the main engine wiring loom, regulating valve and mechatronics should be replaced. It later transpired that contrary to the Audi service schedule the transmission fluid and filter had never been replaced and that this directly led to the failure of the transmission. After a long negotiation with the dealer, the invoice cost for repairs of £4,863.64 was reduced to £1,000, but owner still feels aggrieved.

23-1-2018: Audi has ordered by German Federal Motor Transport Agency (KBA) to recall 127,000 cars following the alleged discovery of emissions cheat devices. Affects Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, Q5, SQ5 and Q7 cars fitted with V6TDI diesel engines. According to German newspaper Bild am Sontag (BaS), KBA ordered these vehicles be recalled after detecting “unacceptable shut-off decides” on several new V6 diesel engines which meet current EU6 emissions standards.

8-5-2018: Deliveries of Audi A6 and A7 models with V6TDI diesel engines suspended after the German KBA found they emitted excessiver amounts of NOx in normal use. 60,000 more cars recalled.

October 2018: Engine failure reported in 2014 Audi Audi A7 3.0 BiTdi at 47,000 miles. In late November 2018 the Audi centre at Exeter diagnosed an EGR valve leak and started work only to find it wasn’t the valve nor the oil cooler but contrary to all previous assessment they found coolant in the sump oil indicating a tiny crack somewhere within the engine. Finding the crack would need thousands of pounds of further labour to dismantle the engine and the total to rectify ahead of doing that was indicated as a range of £6,000-£22,400. I told them to pause work. Audi Exeter have given full support with a courtesy car and Audi UK have a case manager tracking. Owner hoping to hold independent supplying dealer liable.

10-2-2019: Report of cracks appearing in engine of 54k mile 2014 Audi A7 3.0 BiTDi diesel quattro, leading to coolant mixing with engine oil. Audi has quoted £15,000 to supply and fit a new engine. Apparently only an Audi franchise can do this as special jigs are needed and the entire quattro suspension needs to be dropped out in order to do the work.

18-9-2019: Report of 2015 Audi A7 requiring a new steering rack at 50,000 miles at a cost of £2,600.

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