Car and Driver’s In-Depth Audi S4 review

When it comes to everyday sports cars, it’s hard to argue against the Audi S4. It packs sharp looks, even if it’s a bit understated, impressive dynamic and great performance. All in a practical, four-door package. It’s one of the best sport sedans on the market and it’s just been given an in-depth review by Car and Driver.

These in-depth reviews are always great, as they offer a good look at some of the ins and outs of a car that a traditional review might skip over. So when we see one of one of the market’s best sport sedans, it piques our curiosity.

In terms of pricing, the Audi S4 ($52,375 base) is about mid-pack in the segment, being more expensive that cars like the BMW 340i and Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 (worst name in the industry) but cheaper than the Jaguar XE S and Mercedes-AMG C43. However, you do get a lot for that price.

Under the hood lies a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 that makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, which can hustle the S4 from 0-6o moh in 4.3 seconds. That makes it faster than all of its aforementioned competitors, save for the AMG, which beats it by two tenths. Paired with that engine is an eights-speed ZF-sourced automatic gearbox, not the dual-clutch unit that you’ll find in the standard A4. It’s a smooth, quick-shifting transmission but Car and Driver isn’t a big fan of its plastic paddle shifters (neither are we) and wishes it came with a manual. What’s interesting is that the standard A4 comes with a manual but not the faster, more enthusiast-owned S4.

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It’s not just a straight-line bruiser, though. It can properly handle, the Audi S4. With sharp, accurate steering and a well-controlled chassis, the S4 is a seriously impressive sport sedan. It does lack a bit of drama, though. It’s something we recently encountered with the Audi S5, where it’s so impressive but in such a smooth, refined way that it almost seems too easy. Not sure if that’s a complaint or not.

We won’t spoil the whole thing for you but, overall, Car and Driver gave it four out of five stars. So they seem to like it quite a bit. It’s worth reading their review to see why that is.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.