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What is Audi S Line? Is it worth paying extra for?

If you’re after a premium German car then you’ve almost certainly found yourself looking at Audis. Audi is famous for giving you the option to make your particular car as upmarket as you like, and one of the most popular ways to do so is by selling the top-spec S Line trim.

What is Audi S Line?

Audi S Line is the top-spec trim that’s available on all Audi models. It usually costs £2,500 more than the trim below and includes bigger alloy wheels, sportier front and rear bumpers, lower suspension and Xenon or LED headlights, as well as leather-upholstered seats.

Audi A4 S Line on the left, SE trim on the right – note the more aggressive bumpers

Exterior

You can spot S Line Audis out on the road by the small badge that usually gets stuck on the wings. More aggressive body panels with larger air vents and deeper skirts make the car look lower and more purposeful, and the larger alloys fill the wheel arches better than smaller ones. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but it’s hard to argue that S Line cars aren’t more eye-catching than their standard siblings.

To match the lower bodykit, S Line models get sports suspension. This generally drops the car’s ride height by around 20mm and gives it stiffer damper settings. On the smooth roads of Germany, this might help handling but, on the UK’s scarred highways, it can often make the car uncomfortable. Thankfully, Audi offers normal suspension as a no-cost option on many of its S Line cars and many critics suggest UK buyers take this up.

S Line cars also get some high-gloss black styling elements such as the slats in the grille and window surrounds on certain models. Finally, most S Line cars get posher headlights and some get updated LED taillights, too. They’re subtle differences but, compared side-by-side to a standard model, S Line versions look more upmarket.

Non-S Line on the left, S Line on the right

Interior

Inside, it’s much the same story as the outside. Small changes such as a flat-bottom, three-spoke steering wheel, brushed aluminium accents, and perforated leather on the gearstick all help make the cabin feel slightly more upmarket. It’s worth mentioning that, on many of Audi’s most popular models, S Line cars don’t usually get extra technology like a sat-nav or Bluetooth – these often remain optional.

The biggest – and most expensive – addition to the interior is the fitment of nicer seats. In non-S Line models that get cloth, the S Line version gets leather seats and, where non-S Line models do get leather, S Line versions get leather sports seats. Certain models such as the A6 get adjustable lumbar support on S Line models, too.

Should I buy an Audi S Line model?

Whether you spend the extra couple of grand or so on S Line trim is entirely down to what you prioritise when buying a car. If, for you, your Audi should make a clear style statement and constantly remind you that you’ve earned your wheels then you should take the plunge. S Line cars generally look more exciting than their lesser siblings and, with the lower suspension and bigger wheels, they’ll probably handle better, too.

However, if you’re more concerned with the kit included with your car rather than the way it looks, we’d suggest saving yourself the outlay. If you avoid the S Line package and use the money to get the sat-nav and infotainment options you want, you’ll get a car with much more of what you need with less of what you don’t. Most don’t require sportier seats, wheels and suspension setups but many would benefit from a sat-nav.

Upgrade to S Line for free

How on earth can you get S Line for free? Well, on average people who buy their cars through carwow save £3,600 – or more than enough to upgrade to S Line for free. To get started click the green button on the carwow homepage and configure your ideal Audi. The UK’s top Audi dealers will then get in touch with their best offers. It’s not all about price though – these dealers are the top-rated ones in the country so you’ll get a smooth buying experience too.

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Head over to our Audi range page to read in-depth reviews for any of the Ingolstadt brand’s finest cars.

 

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