Despite the obvious sporting inclination of this model it’s the interior that will most likely sway you to buy it – fit, finish and material choice are exemplary and not even the classy Mercedes can match the Audi’s ‘hewn from granite’ feel.
Good news doesn’t end there – there’s decent space for passengers and the boot, though the same size as rivals, is more usable thanks to its square shape, helpful nets and tie-down hooks.
The brand-new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 powering the S4 is another magnet for praise – moving the S4 around at an alarming pace, while also being capable of 39mpg average fuel economy.
The optional dynamic steering works great and the standard four-wheel drive system is rear-biased for a livelier handling, but a BMW 3 Series is still more fun to drive.
The S4 isn’t cheap, not that the standard equipment list reflects this. LED headlights, 18-inch S alloy wheels, front seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara suede and a flat-bottomed steering wheel are standard, but everything else – from the adaptive suspension to the infotainment system with internet access – is reserved for the options list.
The Audi S4 is the perfect purchase if you want something fast and understated
The Audi S4 is exactly what an S model should be – quick, inconspicuous, spacious and practical, with an interior that’s well built and luxurious. Until the new RS4 comes, this is the most multi-talented Audi saloon you can buy, and is sure to boost Audi’s performance-model sales, which have steadily grown since the launch of the first S model (the S2 Coupe) in 1990.
For a more detailed look at the pros and cons of the S4, look at the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, to see what sort of offers you can get on an Audi S4, visit our deals page.