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2005 Audi S4

Audi S4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 340 hp @ 7000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Audi S4

  • Though not quite as enthralling as BMW's frenetic M3, the S4 still offers entertaining performance along with a more livable personality.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Broad power band, confident handling, high-quality materials and attractive cabin design, available as a sedan, wagon or convertible.

  • Cons

    Not the tire smoker you would expect, small backseat, priced close to more established rivals.

  • What's New for 2005

    For 2005, the S4 gets a new satellite/navigation/AM/FM antenna.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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All around winner

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Vehicle: 2005 Audi S4 quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

I traded in my 350z for a beautiful red S4 cabrio with gray interior and black top. It felt a bit heavy at first after driving a sports car for so long but I quickly fell in love with the smooth ride and roomy, well appointed interior. The big car feel and rumbling V8 almost makes it seem like a 60s era muscle car, especially when cruising city streets at low speeds with the top down. It is also quite practical with a full sized trunk (with top up) and decent sized back seats, making it perfect for a long weekend of road tripping in the country. My wife and both of my parents all fit comfortably for short trips. In short, a well rounded combination of style, luxury, and performance.




Love it!!

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Vehicle: 2005 Audi S4 quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

I have had my S4 Convertible for about a year and a half and love it! I can't tell you how many people have commented on my "cool car". The car is insane around corners and I have beaten Porche Boxters on regular occasions in "races". The car almost keeps up with my business partners BMW M3. I have an automatic and there is a little "lag time" when you step on the gas, but once it gets moving, it moves like crazy!




8cyl/4 season/ 2+2 convertible to

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Vehicle: 2005 Audi S4 quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

The most reasonably priced 8cyl/4wd/4 season 2+2 convertible for snow covered Northeast states; there is no other convertible in this class that can claim this. Excellent fit and finish by coach builders from Karmann, Germany. This car is almost like a hand made jewel for this price range.




Can we go topless?

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Vehicle: 2005 Audi S4 quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

I bought this car in late 2004 and after a year and half, I figured I could finally do a complete review of it. I cross-shopped and found the S4 cab was best all-around. Up to 80 mph, the wind noise with the open top is astonishingly low - the best of any convertible I've ever been in. The handling is superb for a convertible, but remember it is a front-heavy AWD vehicle, so drive it correctly or helloooo scary understeer - learned this at an Audi Club driving event. When done right, it's awesome through the twisties. Overall, this is a grown-up, amazing sleeper of a cruiser.




Nearly flawless

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Vehicle: 2005 Audi S4 quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

S4 Cabrio is the most satisfactory car I've ever owned- it has luxury, stlye, performance, speed, and subtle class like no other convertible on the road. The V8 is creamy smooth, and the 6-Speed auto, although not as good as the DSG in my daughter's A3, is wonderful in Sport mode. Interior/exterior are both beautifully made and beautiful to look at- typical Audi. This car is worth your money and your time, and it's more of an extremely fast luxo-cruiser than a sports car- this is a good thing.




Instant fun.......just add me!

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Vehicle: 2005 Audi S4 quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

I bought this vehicle new as an '05 leftover. I can truly say this is the most fun car I've ever driven. I never thought anything on four wheels could be more fun than my '99 Prelude, but this is like a Prelude on steroids! I love the slightly lower- key styling (no fins, spoilers, etc.) and the aural excitement from that V- 8. Handling and performance are both superb. I've seen many mentions of this car's low gas mileage, but I've been averaging about 23-24 mpg. The main downside so far is that the generally beat-up streets of Baltimore City are eating my tires at an insane rate (not really a fault of the vehicle, though). For a car this spirited and fun, however, it's worth it!



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What's New for 2005

For 2005, the S4 gets a new satellite/navigation/AM/FM antenna.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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