2010 Audi S4 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Audi S4 - Road Test Specs

2010 Audi S4 Sedan

(3.0L V6 Supercharger AWD 6-speed Manual)


Model year2010
StylePremium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 6M)
Base MSRP$46,725
Options on test vehiclePrestige Package ($6,100 -- includes 19-inch wheels, DVD player, keyless entry/ignition, auto-dimming mirrors, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, driver memory functions, and hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic and third-generation MMI); Audi Drive Select Package ($3,950 -- includes a sport rear differential and driver-adjustable controls for suspension firmness, steering and throttle response); Silk Napa Leather Seats ($1,000); Driver Assist Package ($900 -- includes blind-spot monitoring system, back-up camera and rear parking sensors); Metallic/Pearl Effect Paint ($475).
As-tested MSRP$59,150


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,995cc (183 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)333 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)325 @ 2,900
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3.667:1, II=2.158:1, III=1.520:1, IV=0.133:1, V=0.919:1, VI=0.778:1


Suspension, frontMultilink
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.5:1
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport Maxx GT
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, front255/35R19
Tire size, rear255/35R19
Wheel size19-by-8.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, reardisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.3 (3.6 with stability control on)
0-60 mph (sec.)4.9 (5.2 with stability control on)
0-75 mph (sec.)7.2 (7.5 with stability control on)
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.2 @ 106.1 (13.4 @ 106.0 with stability control on)
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.6 (4.8 with stability control on)
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)109
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.8 (67.2 with stability control on)
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.90 (0.92 with stability control on)
Sound level @ idle (dB)36.3
@ Full throttle (dB)76.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.0

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsTurning off stability/traction control also removes the launch rev limiter. However, electronics still protect the drivetrain once the clutch comes out through throttle manipulation and clutch damping. Very respectable numbers with ESC on or off. Incredibly responsive engine. Good shifter.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsSolid pedal has more "mechanical" feel than some competitors. Loud ABS. Consistent, fade-free stops.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsAll handling tests in Dynamic mode. Somewhat erratic front grip (perhaps due to varying torque split?) makes "driving" around the skid pad more difficult and less predictable than some RWD competitors. With stability control on , however, it works awesomely on the skid pad. Requires neutral throttle or accleration with stability control off through the slalom. Otherwise, it will go backward -- probably a useful trick on the track or back roads.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70.56
Wind (mph, direction)1.62 mph headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/27 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,847
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,984
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56/44
Length (in.)185.2
Width (in.)71.9
Height (in.)56.2
Wheelbase (in.)110.6
Track, front (in.)61.6
Track, rear (in.)61.1
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.0
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)34.0


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 year/5,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance5 stars

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