2019 Audi A6 and A7: More Tech Than Ever – Should BMW and Mercedes Be Worried? [Video]

Audi’s large sedans have always been a tech-fest, but the 2019 Audi A6 and A7 take it up a notch.

Virtual Cockpit, a dual-screen multimedia interface, 48-volt mild hybrid. These are just some of the updated systems in the 2019 Audi A6 and A7. Both cars, in their previous iterations, were already a bit of a tech-fest. But now, these systems take touchscreen, digital interactivity to a whole new level. In these new models, practically everything you handle is done by touching a screen, a nod to Audi’s minimalist design. But what about the looks and the powertrain? Fortunately, Audi has updated those as well. In this video, Roman heads to California to test if hydrocarbons or electrons are top dog in the 2019 Audi A6 and A7.

On the exterior, both cars have gotten some aesthetic updates over the previous models. Audi’s sharp design continues to evolve, but the overall differences are subtle. That’s long been the Germans’ approach to design, so it’s certainly no major loss. The last models were handsome and they made a statement. The 2019 Audi A6 and A7 just take that one step further, particularly with matrix LED headlights and taillights. The A7, of course, is a bit more practical thanks to its sloping sportback design. The A6 is more your traditional sedan.

2019 Audi A6
[Photo: Audi]

What about performance?

Under the hood of both cars is a new, turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. Whichever you pick, you’ll get 340 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Naturally, this being an Audi, that power is sent to all four wheels through a Quattro all-wheel drive system. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission also quickly fires off shifts, and rear-wheel steering helps make these big cars more maneuverable in the bends. This time, though, Audi also fitted a 48-volt mild hybrid system to make both cars more fuel efficient. It pays dividends, as both cars get an EPA-estimated 22 City / 29 Highway / 25 Combined mpg.

2019 Audi A7
[Photo: Audi]

Tech and pricing

Both the 2019 Audi A6 and A7 ditch the old rotary dial setup for the MMI infotainment system in favor of touchscreens. Like their larger sibling, you interface with the system in the same way you would your smartphone. Fortunately, the system also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2019 Audi A6 kicks off at $59,895 – a substantial increase over the outgoing model. Pricing can go well north of $70,000 as you make your way up the A6’s three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. To get the larger MMI system – a 10.1-inch unit – and the matrix LED lights, you have to get the Premium Plus or Prestige.

Interestingly, the 2019 Audi A7 starts at $68,995. That’s actually over $1,000 less expensive than the 2018 model. There are the same three trim levels as the A6, with prices topping out over $77,295 for the Prestige model.