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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 Automatic
  • Horse Power 340 hp @ 7000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 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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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

The ultimate compromise

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

I drove both new and used BMW's and Mercedes before I picked my 5-year-old S4 Cabrio. Haven't regretted my choice for a second. I think of this car as the "ultimate compromise." You can speed top-down through the sweepers of Big Sur in Summer or tackle the hills at Tahoe in the winter. You can hoon it like a teenager, or ferry the kids to grandma's in safety and comfort. And oh, the engine! It's the finest engine I've ever owned - power and torque and an understated rumble. It's hard to say how this car could be improved. A hint: the 2005 tends to be ~$10k cheaper than face-lifted 06-09 models, even though it's almost exactly identical under the skin.




Excellent car

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

Fantastic engine performance. Very well built interior finishes. High quality. Excellent grip with 4wd. A pleasure to drive. You feel safe and enjoy high performance. I enjoy driving on s mode gear. A fan choice if you are looking for a used sports performance car, without looking like one.




Awesome

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

The Audi S4 Cab has beautiful leather interior with a highly functional cabin and a beautifully designed exterior; top quality paint and materials. The S4's 340hp V8 is super responsive and hums like a song. Handling is superb; the ride is solid. Top down with Bose audio system entertainment, the S4 is a dream come true! Highly recommended




Gotta love that torque at

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

My 2005 Audi S4 Cabriolet is my third Audi to date. I used to be a BMW fanatic, but after I test drove my first A4 2.8 Quattro, I just had to trade in my BMW 325iC -- and I never looked back. I have considered the S4 for quite some time. So I said enough with the 'considering' and it was time I got into one. I'm more than glad I did! What a fun car to drive. It has excellent handling, like every Quattro model, enough power, and that V8 engine feels light. It has great smooth lines. It doesn't look intimidating, but yet its looks can be deceiving because of what's under the hood. The bad stuff -- as always, there is not a whole lot of room in the back. But for now, my 5-year old daughter loves it with the top down, and so do I!




Simply gorgeous

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

Easily the best car I've ever owned, the S4 Cabriolet is just beautiful. Its exhaust sound is creamy smooth, it has a much nicer a sound than my outgoing A6 2.7T. Its interior is perfect, the only flaw being that the rear seat armrests are a little intruding. Otherwise, it's a very comfortable convertible. It's a much better value than a BMW M3 Convertible, which doesn't even have power seats standard, and a much much better value than the Mercedes-Benz CLK 55, which is $85,000. The S4, almost fully- loaded, is around $60,600. I love it more than any other car.




Elegant, yet pugnacious

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

A beautiful car that can blow a 645 off the line. Okay, maybe it can't beat an M3 off the line but in my opinion it's better looking, you get AWD, it has an automatic for traffic and pedals when you want to shift manually, a much sweeter exhaust sound...not to menton a much better ride. My 911 has sat in the garage since I bought the S4.The only bummer is the gas mileage.



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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

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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