Exemplary ride/handling balance; strong supercharged V6; upscale cabin with plenty of available technology; surprisingly adult-friendly back seat
Engine doesn't sound that special; unnecessary options can inflate the already hefty price
The Drive Select system is now standard, and a sinister Black Optic appearance package debuts
We suggest springing for MMI Plus with Audi connect, because who wouldn't want to have Google along for the ride? But we'd otherwise be happy with the Premium Plus's standard equipment, and that would keep our S4's price around $50,000 -- a very reasonable sum for this level of performance and luxury.
The 2014 Audi S4 sedan is offered in two trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige.
The Premium Plus($48,995) comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps with LED accents, fog lights, quad tailpipes, a sunroof, the Drive Select system (including a sport rear differential, adaptive suspension dampers and electronic adjustments for steering, suspension, throttle response and automatic transmission shift programming), power heated front sport seats, leather/Alcantaraupholstery, a tilt-telescopicsteering wheel, tri-zoneautomatic climate control (including separate rear temperature controls), Bluetooth and iPod integration, the Multi-MediaInterface system with a dash-mounted control knob and a 10-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input, an SD card reader and satellite radio.
The Prestige($54,895) upgrades to 19-in alloys with wider low-profiletires, adaptive xenon headlamps, parking sensors, a blind spotwarning system, keylessentry with push-buttonignition, MMIPlus with navigation and a console-mountedcontrol knob, and a 14-speaker, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.
MMIPlus can be added to the Premium Plus as an option, ditto the Bang & Olufsenstereo and the 19-in alloys with more serious rubber. Silk Nappaleather upholstery and the Black Optic appearance package (including black-out exterior trim and unique 19-in wheels) are available on both trim levels. Exclusive Prestige extras include adaptive cruise control and a power rear sunshade.
The S4's back seat is much more accommodating now than in previous generations, providing plenty of room for two adults to ride comfortably. Also, the outboard rear seating positions feature unusual seat-back-mounted side bolsters that emphasize the car's sporty theme. The standard separate temperature controls for rear passengers is another nice touch.
Trunk capacity is about average for a compact sport sedan at 12.4 cu ft.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/5,000 Miles|
BMW 335i-- The current 335i isn't quite as sharp as the previous model, but it's still a very capable sport sedan. This is really the S4's principal competitor.
Mercedes-BenzC63 AMG-- The ridiculously powerful C63 is much more expensive than the S4 if you look at base prices, but it's easy for a well-optionedS4 to creep up toward AMG territory.
Infiniti Q50 -- Although Infiniti's new sport sedan lacks the S4's refinement, it makes almost the same horsepower without the aid of forced induction -- and it looks good, too.