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Audi S4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 333 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Audi S4

  • The sonorous V8 may be gone, but the 2010 Audi S4 remains an invigorating performance machine in a stealthy sedan body.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Superb supercharged V6, sharp handling, sumptuous interior trappings, excellent fuel economy, perfect crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Artificial steering feel, button-happy control layout, old MMI controller is standard equipment.

  • What's New for 2010

    After taking a year off, the Audi S4 returns based on last year's full redesign of the A4 sedan. Like the A4, the 2010 Audi S4 is bigger than it was before, resulting in more interior room. There are also new features and new styling, but the biggest news is that the S4's previous V8 has been replaced by a supercharged V6 that produces more torque and returns far better fuel economy. Finally, the S4 is available as a sedan only this year, as the wagon and convertible have been discontinued, though the latter has effectively been replaced by the S5 convertible.

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Customer Reviews

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Almost perfect

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Vehicle: 2010 Audi S4 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 6M)

This car is so much fun to drive and so quiet, I have to keep checking the speedometer to make sure I'm not speeding. Build quality is excellent. The car feels really solid. The manual transmission is a joy to use. It even makes shifting suggestions. The car has so much torque that I'm often in 6th gear going 50 km/hr and still have decent passing power.




Performance, luxury and practicality!

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Vehicle: 2010 Audi S4 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 6M)

My last car was a '09 A5. I had considered the previous generation S4 but was wary about the fuel consumption of the V8 in the city and wanted the new B8 body style. I enjoyed the A5 but it left me longing for more performance (and 4 doors). Once I heard that the new S4 was running a supercharged V6 I had to check it out. One drive and I was hooked. Nothing else at the S4 price point offers the same combination of performance and luxury. This car is the ultimate sport sedan- step on it and you're gone or drive casually around town in Comfort Mode (w/ ADS or Sport Differential). If you're looking for a sports car experience in a versatile daily driver, this is your car.




Highly recommended vehicle

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Vehicle: 2010 Audi S4 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 6M)

Only 700 chars, so I'll be brief: 0-60, better than: - BMW 335i/xi - Infiniti G37S - Volkswagen GTI 0-60, slower than: - BMW M3 - Porsche Carrera S - Chevrolet Corvette 1/4-mi, better than: - Ford Mustang GT - Camaro SS - Nissan 370Z 1/4-mi, slower than: - Mitsubishi Evo X - Porsche Cayman S - Lexus IS-F Interior fit & finish is superb, and bucket seats are excellent (esp. in two-tone). MMI interface is way better than BMW's iDrive, only the external cables are expensive (why not just have standard inputs?) Brakes are phenomenal, and cornering is breathtaking. Also of note, Audi's 333 hp rating is horribly wrong (possibly due to delayed RS4)




Almost perfect

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Vehicle: 2010 Audi S4 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 6M)

A driver's car with addictive torque - Don't test drive unless you're ready to write a check. The handling is crisp with little body roll. This vehicle has 2 personalities, one that allows the comfort, space, and utility to be my daily driver and a second that has power, handling, and an unbelievable sense of connection to the road...it's almost perfect.




I am sooo glad....

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Vehicle: 2010 Audi S4 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 6M)

I am soooo glad I recalculated the price of the S4 Prem Plus vs. initially ordered Avant Prem Plus with Nav, B&O. The difference was minimal and the enjoyment is not easily describable. This car is simply amazing -- the engine, Handling, quietness when cruising, growl when step on it, Inside is nicely laid out, and beautifully appointed. The 6MT is super nice; I am coming off the latest gen BMW 3-series (E90) and this 6MT is much better (smoother, as precise, shorter) than the BMW's. The S4 seats are much more supportive and comfortable than the 3er with the Sports Package.



Full 2010 Audi S4 Review

What's New for 2010

After taking a year off, the Audi S4 returns based on last year's full redesign of the A4 sedan. Like the A4, the 2010 Audi S4 is bigger than it was before, resulting in more interior room. There are also new features and new styling, but the biggest news is that the S4's previous V8 has been replaced by a supercharged V6 that produces more torque and returns far better fuel economy. Finally, the S4 is available as a sedan only this year, as the wagon and convertible have been discontinued, though the latter has effectively been replaced by the S5 convertible.

Introduction

That loud sobbing and collective forehead slap you heard in late 2008 was the reaction of thousands of Audi fans and car nuts in general upon learning that the all-wheel-drive Audi S4 performance sedan would be losing its meaty V8 in favor of a supercharged V6. Several automotive scribes are known to have belted out a Homeresque "D'oh!" After all, V8 engines are the stuff of automotive legend, their guttural sound recorded and replayed as lullabies to the children of gearheads. What was Audi thinking?

Well, it turns out they knew what they were doing. The 2010 Audi S4 indeed tosses away its V8 for a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that produces 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque; to save you the effort of looking it up, that's 7 fewer horses than the old 4.2-liter eight-cylinder but 23 more lb-ft of torque. The result is a car that's actually quicker than the one that disappeared two years ago when the A4 sedan upon which it was based was completely redesigned. But this stellar new engine is about more than just the numbers. The immediacy of the S4's throttle response is nothing short of amazing -- save for the moderate supercharger whine under hard acceleration, the blown V6 acts just like a naturally aspirated motor, albeit one with a boatload of low-end torque. Those who questioned Audi's cylinder-reduction strategy will be very pleasantly surprised.

The new S4 not only adds speed, but gets substantially better fuel economy as well. The 2010 S4 achieves a whopping 6 mpg (combined) more than the car it succeeds, including a surprising 27-28 mpg on the freeway. That's also better than the similarly swift BMW 335i, even though the rear-wheel-drive Bimmer weighs less and has a taller top gear. If this is the environmentally friendly future of performance driving, color us excited.

There's a lot more to the 2010 S4 than simply its engine, however, as the entire car is now better positioned to compete against other sport-tuned sedans. Like last year's fully redesigned A4, the S4 boasts fresh styling and electronics interfaces along with myriad mechanical improvements. Exclusive to the S4 is a new seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual for those who want the ease of an automatic but without the performance drop-off and lack of involvement that usually goes along with it. An optional sports rear differential is also new, helping to bring the S4's handling more in line with its RWD-platform rivals.

It's important to note that the S4 competes more against the BMW 335i than the razor's-edge M3 in terms of both price and performance. For maximum thrills, albeit at a higher cost, we'd suggest looking at the M3 as well as the Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes C63 AMG. Also, if a coupe or convertible is more your thing, the Audi S5 is essentially a two-door S4 -- plus, the coupe still comes with the V8. Still, the 2010 Audi S4 is an undeniable winner. Those depressed car nuts should relax; the new S4 still has plenty of verve.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Audi S4 is a high-performance sedan available with one of two packages: Premium Plus or Prestige. Standard equipment for the Premium Plus includes 18-inch wheels with summer tires, a sunroof, automatic xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, foglights, automatic wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power sport seats, leather and faux-suede upholstery, heated front seats, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth, a dash-mounted Multi Media Interface (MMI) electronics controller and a 10-speaker stereo with single-CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.

The S4 Prestige adds 19-inch wheels, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, driver memory functions, keyless ignition/entry, voice controls, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, a next-generation MMI controller mounted on the center console and a hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic.

The navigation system is optional for the Premium Plus package, as is the upgraded audio system. The available Audi Drive Select Package adds adaptive suspension dampers, an enhanced steering system, a sport rear differential and selectable driving settings. Stand-alone options include 19-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, full leather seats and a power rear sunshade with manual rear side shades.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 Audi S4 is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that produces 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through Audi's ubiquitous Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which features a 40/60 front/rear torque split. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual (S tronic) is optional. A sports rear differential (which varies torque between the rear wheels) is also available.

Audi estimates a sprint from zero to 60 mph will take 4.9 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is above average for this class of car, with 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined with the manual. The S tronic returns 1 mpg more on the highway.

Safety

The 2010 S4 comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a hill-holder for the manual transmission. Rear side airbags are optional. Also optional is an "Active Braking Guard" feature that's part of the adaptive cruise control. If an imminent collision is detected, the system alerts the driver and primes the brakes for full stopping power.

Though the new S4 has not been crash tested as of this writing, the regular A4 received perfect five-star scores for both front and side impacts in government testing. Likewise, in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the A4 earned perfect ratings of "Good" in both frontal offset and side impact crash testing, and that was without the optional rear-seat airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2010 S4's cabin is one of the nicest in this class. The control layout is attractive, if rather button-happy, and the seats are both supportive and comfortable. Available two-tone color schemes add a bit of flair.

The MMI controls are conveniently arrayed around the console-mounted shifter on models equipped with the navigation system. However, the controls are mounted on the center stack in navigation-less S4s, and reaching forward to operate them is a hassle. This MMI is also an older design, with inferior graphics, more confusing menus and no joystick-like knob that makes certain inputs easier.

Other controls are at least generally intuitive and well laid out, though accessing certain features can be an exercise in frustration -- adjusting something as simple as the fan speed, for example, is a two-step process. Like the A4, the S4 features a roomy cabin that can accommodate four adults for an extended drive. Trunk space is listed at 12 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Audi S4 is a sharp-handling car, with tenacious AWD traction and little body roll to speak of. Although it corners extraordinarily well, it still provides a reasonably comfortable ride. We'd skip the optional Audi Drive Select system, however, as it makes the driving experience overly complicated -- and the standard suspension, throttle and steering calibrations are just fine. The only downside to the S4's handling is its steering, which is all too typical of recent Audi products: artificial in feel with sometimes unpredictable weighting.

The new supercharged V6 doesn't yield the same knee-weakening auditory pleasure as the Audi S5's V8, but it sounds plenty spirited, and it boasts more torque and vastly better fuel economy. This is a smooth, strong engine with instantaneous throttle response. Aside from the subdued supercharger whine, you'd probably never guess there's forced induction going on under the hood.

The standard manual transmission shifts smoothly, though its clutch travel and shifter throws are a bit long. An excellent alternative is the dual-clutch automated manual transmission -- it snaps off rapid shifts either by itself or through your own inputs via wheel-mounted shifters. Even if you're a serious driver, there's no shame in ordering this automatic option.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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