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2008 Audi S4 Sedan

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  • $49,710 original MSRP
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2008 Audi S4 Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Audi S4 Sedan

Audi spans a very wide array of uses--and prices--with its 2008 A4 family. The A4 can range from an affordable, economical four-cylinder sport sedan or wagon to the sunny-day Cabriolet model, all the way up to performance-oriented S4 models. The availability of quattro all-wheel drive with any of the body styles and with any of the engines can turn each of these variants into a safe all-weather vehicle, and the Cabriolet ranks as one of the safest convertibles on the market.

What's new for 2008?

The 2008 Audi A4 and S4 line carries forward with minimal changes. A number of S-Line visual features are now standard (bumpers, door sills, grille), as is a tire pressure monitor. The sedans and Avant wagons now have a standard sunroof as well. Models with the 3.2L engine now ride on 18-inch alloy wheels as opposed to 17s, and the front seats are heated. An iPod glovebox interface is a new option for the 2008 model year.

Model Strengths

  • Powerful direct-injection engines
  • assured handling
  • attractive interior
  • all-weather traction with quattro.

Model Review

Whether as a sedan, Avant wagon, or Cabriolet convertible--the 2008 Audi A4 is available with a choice of two direct-injection engines: a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder (designated 2.0T FSI) making 200 horsepower, and a 3.2L V6 (designated 3.2 FSI) making 255 horsepower.

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2008 Audi S4 Cabriolet

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Forgive me if I sound a little guilty. You see, I just spent a week with a very special car, and it was wonderful. The only thing is it was not very kind to the environment. For a week, I didn't care, though, and neither would you, I'll bet, if you had a chance to drive it around yourself.

The Audi S4 Cabriolet takes the very fine entry-luxury A4 and pumps it up. That "S" on an Audi model means "sporty" and this model delivers that. With a 4.2-liter, 340-horsepower V8 behind the tall single-frame grille with its special "S" texture, this baby rockets along. Like the four-cylinder turbo and V6 engines in the A4 model, this V8 is on the Wards' 10 Best Engines list, notable industry recognition.

It's especially fun driving the S4 through its six-speed manual transmission. You rarely get the chance these days to individually select your own gears with all that power available on the other end of the shift linkage.

To make the experience all the more exciting, The S4 Cabriolet has a drop top. And it's not just any convertible, it is completely automatic and with the top up, it's almost as quiet inside as the four-door sedan version. I counted 21 seconds to get the top down or up. All you do is press a button. The soft top stows completely under the rear deck.

I impressed a couple of boys in front of a local Chinese restaurant when I dropped the top in front of them. Just be sure to drop the luggage protector in the trunk or the top will refuse to budge and a message will display in the gauge binnacle telling you what the problem is.

The 4,266-pound S4 Cabriolet, with all-wheel-drive Quattro, earns EPA mileage numbers of 13 City, 20 Highway, and I averaged just 16.3 mpg. Yes, I know. People who buy this car don't care, but it's sobering to pull up to the pump these days when it costs $10 a day to drive to work. The S4 Cabriolet wears a $1,700 Gas Guzzler tax on its window sticker.

And, the EPA Green Vehicle Guide rates the S4 with a reasonable 6 for Air Pollution, but its Greenhouse Gas score is just a 3, about the lowest I've seen. Ah, such a guilty pleasure to motor blissfully along knowing that fact.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, back to the fun part. The Cabriolet has that certain something that Audis possess, perfect proportions, carefully wrought shape, quality materials, excellent fit and finish. That makes a big impression when you see it on the road or approach it in your driveway and press the flip-out key fob and step inside.

Once you sit down, you can enjoy the fine materials, design and assembly that are the standard of the industry. My wife commented, "Now this is what a car's interior should smell like." The red seats, with black piping, emit a rich aroma of carefully tanned and colored hides. The driver's seat offers programmable settings for four different drivers, the most I've seen in a car. The driver's side mirror is included in that preset as well.

Those memory settings are part of the $2,625 Convenience Package, which includes many other enjoyable benefits, such as beautiful 18-inch double-spoke alloy wheels, the Bose premium sound system, and preparation for the Bluetooth phone you need to be using in California since July 1, 2008 (it's the law).

My tester had carbon fiber trim inside, much more high tech looking than wood, but if you want real tree you can order walnut or fine-grain birch. Driving along, you tend to forget the car's a convertible when the top's up because the thermally insulated top keeps out sound and cold.

Even though it's a soft top convertible, the S4 is very safe. The windshield pillars are reinforced with steel tubes. The door sills are specially configured for crash safety. There's a carefully engineered rollover protection system. Sensor-activated bars pop out to protect rear passengers, and combined with the super strong windshield pillars, give you space to climb out. Drive safely and you have nothing to worry about.

My test car, in Ibis White, started out at $56,775, but options pushed it up a bit. Besides the Convenience Package, my car had Audi's navigation system, which included an iPod interface in place of the six-disk CD changer. When I plugged in my iPod, not only did the audio system list the songs and allow control but it actually charged the unit while it was doing it. On shuffle, it was like having my own radio station.

The $64,450 sticker price included rear heated seats, too, just the thing for cruising roofless on a cool evening.

Ah, guilty pleasure.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Audi Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

A factory-backed limited warranty with coverage up to six years or 100,000 total vehicle miles from the origianl vehicle in-service date, whichever occurs first.¹

¹See dealer for details
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years or newer/less than 6,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 300+ Point Inspection and Certification Process
View the checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $85

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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