This is an all around great car. It's an absolute blast to drive, and you can blow away most cars you'll encouter at the red light on your way home from the grocery store. Plus, it's just a little bit different, which is always good.
I recently went through the experience of having our 1st child and after 6 months realized that a stable of 2 Porsches wasn't working very well. I have always been a Porsche fanatic and owned a 930 turbo and a Boxster. Knowing that I needed to buy a more practical car but realizing I wouldn't be happy with less performance, I stumbled across the Audi S4. This car is the very best all around car that is on the market. It offers a stock 250hp twin turbo engine (which can easily be tuned to 310hp) with a max torque at 1850rpms. This thing shoots off the line and handles corners like a Porsche. It's also very comfortable, fits a baby seat in the backseat, has 4 doors, huge trunk, and can handle snow.
First off I don't see how Edmund's could rate this car's engine performance as 7.0, fun to drive 7.0 and value rating 6.0. What car rates a 9 or better? Ferrari or Porsche? This car was on Edmund's 2000 editor's sought after list and it nows rates a 7.4? This car is a blast and a much better value dollar for dollar versus the higher praised BMW 3-series. Do the comparison and you have to go with the Audi. Given proper tires this car is an all-year round all-weather performer. A tuner's delight, with the simple change of an ECU chip you have a 300hp+ rocket.
This is a great car. The Editor's Rating(of 7.4) simply makes no sense. It looks good, is very fast, and extremely practical. Can you take 4 people across the country? No, but you can take 4 out to dinner. The interior is beautiful. My only complaints are: headroom (I have a tall torso), and the (6sp)shifter is a little notchy.