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2010 Audi S4 Sedan

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2010 Audi S4 Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2010 Audi S4 Sedan

In 2009, Audi upped the luxury performance-car ante with the redesigned A4. Its fresh face and benchmark interior distinguished it from its Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series competitors, while its new dimensions made it the largest car in its class. 2010 sees further refinements to the redesign, and with the sure-footedness of Audi's world-class quattro all-wheel-drive system, a powerful engine, the availability of a wagon, and the always-addictive oomph of the S4 model, Audi's sports sedan lineup has a little something for everyone.

What's new for 2010?

Now in its eighth generation, the Audi A4 sees few changes for 2010. A new S4 sedan and Avant wagon featuring a 3.0L supercharged V6 make their debut this year, available with either manual or 7-speed S-tronic transmissions. The 3.2L Quattro has been discontinued, and the cabriolet has been redesigned and is now part of the A5 line.

Model Strengths

  • Engineering quality
  • excellent standard features
  • available all-wheel drive
  • wagon available
  • S4 performance

Model Review

The A4 is available as a 4-door sedan or as a 5-door station wagon dubbed the Avant. Power comes from a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which delivers 211 turbocharged horsepower. A 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission are available on Quattro models, while front-drive models receive a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard equipment.

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2010 Audi S4 Road Test

Source: The Car Connection

Editors at TheCarConnection.com drove the 2010 Audi S4 to bring you this hands-on road test of its styling, performance, comfort, safety, and features. TheCarConnection.com's experts also compared the new S4 to other sports sedans to bring you the best shopping advice and information possible. The companion full review adds a summary of opinions from other respected automotive sites to bring you the best information from around the Web.

High Gear Media accepted travel expenses to attend the first media drive of the 2010 Audi S4.

With the new 2010 S4, Audi takes a bold step to assert itself as one of the top three performance-sedan brands on the planet. The previous S4 had V-8 power that fell behind the Benz C63 and BMW M3, yet it was priced higher than those four-doors. A new 333-horsepower V-6 pits it squarely against those supersedans in acceleration, but the $47,000 S4 carries a base price nearly $10,000 less than those cars-which, Audi says, makes the much slower BMW 335i and Benz C350 its real competition.

The S4 shares most of its body with the Audi A4 sedan, which was revamped for 2009. The longer, wider body resembles Audi's larger A6, with a gentle wedge and aero-rounded roofline following a massive front grille and LED daytime running lights, capped by LED tail lamps in this special performance edition. The S4's unique styling pieces include deeper front and rear bumpers, a revised grille, new side moldings, a small spoiler on the trunk lid, bright mirror housings and bright trim on the air diffusers in the bumpers, and 18-inch wheels. Inside, the S4 has a taller, darker dash that's not as classically handsome as previous Audi interior themes, but it's still an efficient place to work. Special S4 additions to the basic wide-binnacle dash include a black headliner, a new steering wheel, aluminum trim, and a choice of console and door trim: walnut, aluminum, gray birch, or woven stainless steel.

This year, Audi reintroduces the S4 with a powerful new V-6 engine that's downsized two cylinders from the last edition. The 3.0-liter six-cylinder uses supercharging, intercooling, and direct injection to boost its output to 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. With a grittier sound than the old, sweet Audi V-8 purr, the six shifts its power to the ground through a six-speed manual gearbox or TheCarConnection.com's perennial favorite, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters that clicks off quick, precise, clutch-pedal-free gearchanges. Audi says the S4 shoots past 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, with a limited 155-mph top speed. It's as fast as a BMW M3 or a Benz C63. Fuel economy is rated at an awesome 18/27 mpg for manual-equipped S4s, and 18/28 mpg for the dual-clutch edition.

Quattro all-wheel drive, with a power split weighted to the rear wheels, and an optional Sports Rear Differential that vectors power from side to side, give the S4 awesome road-holding potential and grippy feel. It's entertaining to press to its tire limits, but the S4's optional Drive Select system dials in lots of artificial heft to the electronic power steering, while giving the driver some usable flexibility in ride comfort and transmission response. Audi's base configuration works well enough to avoid the expensive option.

The S4's cabin and cargo holds are essentially identical to the A4 sedan; the S4 does get unique front sport seats with firm backrests and high headrests that sit at an ideal angle. The current A4/S4 lineup is blessed with more interior room than the last-generation lineup, and though legroom in the backseat is good, the seat itself could use more bolstering and a taller, thicker cushion for better comfort. The trunk is large and usefully boxy, with a low liftover, and the S4 has lockable storage inside, good cup holders, and lots of small-item storage. Quality materials are incorporated throughout, though some knobs could look nicer and work with more refinement.

The 2010 Audi S4 has been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and has earned five-star ratings. The  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested it yet. Safety equipment includes standard airbags all around, as well as traction and stability control, all-wheel drive, a rearview camera, and parking sensors.

The $47,000 2010 Audi S4 comes in a single body style, and it's heavily equipped with luxury and technology features. Leather is standard, along with Bluetooth, a music interface for audio players, keyless entry and ignition, xenon headlamps, and Audi's MMI controller, which operates audio, climate, and navigation functions. A navigation system is an option on the S4, along with adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot warning system, and a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.


The Bottom Line:

The 2010 Audi S4 blasts its way into a performance war with BMW and Mercedes-Benz-and Lexus, Infiniti, and Cadillac-thanks to a big price cut and 333 supercharged horsepower.

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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
Active Suspension System Opt
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
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera 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.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

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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