Audi S4 review
The forced touch sounds like a ferocious sergeant burning orders to do it or dying into the tortured mind of green recruits. Happily, in Audi’s new barbaric S4 case, all the screams are worthwhile, because it delivers so much power and performance without paying a big penalty at the bow and arrow.
A big fan of making a bigger bang by pushing more air and fuel into the engine’s cylinder, Audi has changed the way it is achieved in its S4 performance car.
Launching the car in February this year, Audi Australia almost used the phrase ‘completely new’, so there’s no mistake, all sixth-generation S4, are … new. Really new. Very new. And an important part of its maximum novelty is the swap from the turbocharged 3.0-liter petrol engine, to the turbocharged 3.0-liter petrol engine.
Why change from one kind of forced induction to another? That’s all part of a big and ingenious plan to make the S4 lighter, faster, more economical and significantly cheaper.
It is almost too good to be true. But is it?
Is there anything interesting about its design? 9/10
It is evidence of Audi’s relentless design discipline that even the most non-car-focused of us have some problems in determining its current range. Really, it’s a design language that stands out from the crowd, and is not ugly.
Some may complain about ‘all Audis look alike’, but even if a modest four-door car is as sleek and engaging as this one, who cares? When you have a good thing, stick with it.
After three years as Audi’s design director, the influence of the charming and energetic Marc Lichte is beginning to make its presence felt and the S4 represents an accurate development of the language. Special sculpture of the brand.
The S4’s ‘one hexagonal’ grille sits above a prominent spoiler and between angled headlights and gill-like large air vents to create an aggressive, dreamy expression. about a Japanese Kabuki Warrior (although obviously more German).
Delicate lines outline the intricate curves on the bonnet, combined with long, unbroken character lines along the side of the car to reinforce a simple, refined ambience.
The bold 19-inch alloy rims neatly fill the wheels, and the rear end surpasses all appeal with an integrated spoiler and tone-set quad exhaust. Perfect, or damn close to it.
The interior, as always with Audis, is extremely cool, from the scent of nappa leather caressing your nostrils, to the clean sweep of ventilation vents on the fascia, and carbon inserts around the center console. Wide center, doors and dash. The adjustable ambient light turns the car into an exclusive portable nightclub, and it all has quality in design, materials and performance.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
With a length of 4.75m, just over 1.8m wide and 1.4m high, the S4 sits at the bigger end of the compact luxury car sector. Overall a little longer than BMW’s 3 Series, Jaguar’s XE and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, it gives a few millimeters of wheelbase to Jag and Merc. But that doesn’t mean everything is tight inside.
There is plenty of front space with ample headroom and easy access through spacious door apertures. There are also plenty of places to store your belongings, including a storage box with a lid between the seats, a better-than-average glove box, an odd storage tray in the center console and large door pockets with room. to bottle. And if you like plugging, connecting or linking, you’ll find a 12-volt outlet, two USB ports and an auxiliary auxiliary input.
Despite having a shorter wheelbase than any other important competitor, the rear passengers are also more capable of coping than the S4. Head and leg room is good for this 183cm tester and the flood of storage space continues unabated.
There are map bags (nets) on the front seats, spacious bottle containers at the entrance, as well as a storage box and two cups in the central armrest that fold down. Large tick for adjustable ventilation with temperature control, sitting with another 12 volt outlet at the back of the center control box.
Open the bootlid and you’ll be greeted with 480 liters of cargo space, with the option of folding the 40/20/40 split rear seats to accommodate longer loads. Four connection points and a cargo network are included to help stabilize whatever you have put there. Speaking of which, the CarsGuide trolley is easy to fit in, as well as our three-piece hard case suitcase (once we take the stroller out).
The mesh storage areas that take advantage of the space behind the rear wheel tubs and a pair of hanging hooks that pop out to keep pockets and smaller items under control are a great highlight. There is also another 12 volt outlet and a light in case you need to extract spare space savers from under the floor.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
The premium to enter the Audi S4 club is $ 99,900, and although you have avoided six numbers by one hundred dollars, that figure brings a standard pile of fruit.
Highlights include 19-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels, ‘S suspension’ with adaptive damping controls, three-zone climate control air, not less than four wide-angle cameras to provide 360-degree viewing angles around. car, ‘Park Assistant’ (helping parallel and perpendicular space), keyless start and start, LED headlights (including LED lights), LED taillights, security glass, bodywork ‘(front bumper, grille, window trim and bootlid spoiler), heated sport front seats (and driver memory), plus leather / Alcantara trim combination.
One hundred grand doesn’t sneeze, and that number puts the S4 in line with some sharp competitors.
There’s also adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, ambient lights, ‘S Design’ sport leather steering wheel, and ‘Audi drive select’ (offering five driving modes. ), 10-speaker, 180-watt audio, ‘Audi Virtual Cockpit’ (more on this digital brilliance later) and ‘MMI navigation plus’.
One hundred grand can’t be sneezed, and that number puts the S4 in line with some of the sharp competitors in the muscular 340i M-Sport shape of BMW, the sleek Jaguar XE S and Mercedes-AMG’s C43.
Our test example benefited from ticking four significant box options, adding just over $ 16k to the ticket price. Specifically, pearl effect paint ($ 1846), quattro sport differential ($ 2950), ‘Technik package’ ($ 5600) and ‘S performance package’ ($ 5900).
The Technik package brings ‘Audi’s Matrix LED Headlights’ and a host of other high-tech headlights, as well as the Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System (19 speakers and 755 watt / 16 channel amp), and headlights display color. While the S performance adds artificial leather in the lower part of the center console, door armrests and door handles, ‘Carbon Atlas’, Red’ S design brake calipers and the ‘S sport’ front seat with flowers Text diamond stitched nappa skin function and massage.
Total – $ 116,196 in advance on-road costs; A decent number in this part of the market, providing lots of cars for money.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
Did we mention the S4’s 3.0-liter turbocharged engine is brand new? Yes, yes, that is, with direct injection, a single twin-scroll turbocharged engine is in the 90 degree vee above the engine, as well as a two-stage variable valve timing (on the inlet side). Activate with continuous camshaft adjustment.
It’s a 14kg lighter weight than the 3.0-liter turbocharged engine it replaces, and produces significantly more power and torque; 260kW at 5400 hours 6400rpm, and 500Nm full of meat on an incredibly vast plateau from just 1370rpm, up to 4500.