I looked around for a hi-power engine stuffed in a small car. The M3 came only in 2 door/stick shift and the AMG didnt have the sporty looks and ride. The S4 has awesome power. I can hardly touch the gas pedal and this baby leaps forward. Cornering is easy to stick as all 4 wheels deliver gobs of power to the road. The ride is stiff (I prefer in a performance car) but so stable and smooth. This car doesnt wake up until at least 80 mph+ and it rides better as you go faster. Have had the S4 to 140 mph out in the country and felt like more power was available. Recaro seats are comfy for long rides. And of course, the rumble of the pipes catches the attention of folks nearby. Awesome car!!!
Engine rumble; power/torque; handling and stability; braking power and response; steering feel; AWD; satellite radio; Recaro seats; paint quality/finish (I have black). Interior fit and finish; sound system
For me, the only important improvement would be gas mileage. I realize we're dealing with a high performance engine so expect lower mileage, although highway mileage is somewhat better. I guess you pay the price for one of the fastest cars on the road today. I still would like to see a 400hp+ engine.
I have owned three BMW's, an Acura, a
Mercedes-Benz, and most recently an Infiniti
G35 Coupe. I never even considered
buying an Audi until I almost died in
my RWD Infiniti last winter in the
snow. So, trying to be conservative, I
bought the S4. All I can say is HOLY
COW!!! The thing is a rocket ship in
sheep's clothing. In sport mode, there
are few people who can take you at a
stop sign. It handles far better than
any of my RWD cars and it feels very
safe. Haven't had much snow this year
yet, but with the winter wheels on, I
don't anticipate any problems. Can't
see why I'd ever buy anything else.
The handling...holds the road on curves
like a dream. Super fast acceleration.
I waited six months to receive my Audi S4
after I ordered it and it was worth the
wait. This car does pretty much
everything well. It's a very timeless
design that will not get old. Very
subtle but also a hint of restrained
The Recaro seats are sublime and the
interior is about as close to perfect as
I've seen. It seats four very comfortably
and I've taken several long trips with
teenagers in the back. No complaints
other than no integrated DVD ;-)
The power is perfect and is delivered
through Audi's quattro. This V8 is very
smooth and powerful. The power delivery
is very linear and it's hard to keep
the speeds down, even when I am trying.
The only downside? Gas mileage.
Interior - Very well done. Everything
from the design and layout down to the
smallest detail. It screams quality.
The engine - Very smooth and very powerful.
The design - It doesn't stand out in a
crowd like the M3 but people notice it
and notice that there's something
special about it.
The Audi S4 is an awesome handling car: quattro, speed
sensitive steering, & suspension w/
lightweight components. Its interior is top
notch, Better than the BMW M3's. Its gearbox is
excellent and the clutch is kind of soft. The V8
rumble sounds better than a raspy inline
6. I was deciding between this car and an M3
and picked the S4 because it has 4-doors, a V8 engine,
a superb interior, and the better gearbox.
I have nearly 20,000 miles on it already and have not
had a single problem. The car runs like a
dream and has gobs of power throughout
all the gears.
Stealth exterior, V8 rumble, gearbox,
AWD, Sirius Satellite Radio, 4-door
sports sedan, lots of torque, rides on
rails, very sure footed in all weather.
More rear legroom, something better than
Bose, rear-bias on the quattro, better
stock tires, louder exhaust, 3-spoke
steering wheel w/ radio/phone controls.
Just minor things! Maybe 2 turbos?