One of the most respected, but often overshadowed nameplates is the Audi S4. At the risk of blowing the secret open, the 2012 version of Audi’s gem now comes into focus.
Audi S4 Trims and Features
The S4 is a high performance midsize luxury sedan. Based off Audi’s A4, the S4 packages amplified performance alongside plenty of comfort and convenience. The 2012 S4 is available in two trims, the 3.0T Premium Plus (starting at $47,300) and 3.0T Prestige (from $54,000). Both trims are equipped with a supercharged V6, standard quattro all-wheel drive, and a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With seating for 4, the cabin features a quiet but upscale feel.
Owners can equip the S4 with some impressive tech including Audi’s MMI infotainment system with navigation, surround sound audio, and a blind sport warning system (all standard on the 3.0T Prestige), along with performance perks like Sport Rear Differential for improved handling.
Personalize your S4 to take home now, at CarWoo!
Audi S4 Performance
Buyers can revel in the fact that the S4’s supercharged 3.0 liter V6 is regarded as a capable and fun engine to harness. The direct injection engine allows for 333 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque that’s delivered to all 4 wheels courtesy of Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. Transmission comes in the form of either a standard 6-speed manual, or optional 7-speed S tronic dual clutch automatic. Owners can also add a Sport Rear Differential for extra grip and nimbleness.
Audi S4 Fuel Economy
EPA estimates aren’t too hard on the S4. Manually equipped trims receive 18/27/21 (city/highway/combined) MPG, and the S tronic gains an extra highway MPG to read 18/28/21. Both numbers are gauged using premium fuel.
Audi S4 Interior Highlights
High quality materials and comfortable seats rule the S4’s cabin. Most reviews will tell you that the standard setup is a little boring for a high performance car, though adding carbon fiber, stainless steel, or Silk Nappa leather seats will certainly bring more to the party. Backseat space isn’t terrible, though most of the comfort lies up front. Trunk space is livable at 12.4 cubic feet, though the rear seats can be folded to accommodate up to 34 cubes.
Audi S4 Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 S4 include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, rain sensing windshield wipers, and 2 row side curtain airbags. Drivers can also choose to include rear seat side-thorax airbags. Rear parking sensors are available, and are optional for the S4 Premium Plus and standard on the S4 Prestige. The Prestige also comes with a blind-spot warning system dubbed Side Assist, along with an adaptive cruise control option.
NHTSA crash tests have given the 2012 S4 a total of 4/5 stars, with scores of 4/5 for frontal impacts and 5/5 for both side and rollover tests.
2013 Audi S4
Those who need the shiniest things should reserve the 2013 S4, set to arrive in time for summer. The newest S4 will feature slight upgrades to its exterior physique along with an easier, improved MMI setup including available wifi and 3D Google graphics for the navigation. Of course, the 2013 S4 will still feature the same sub 5 second 0-60 performance and understated persona that fans love.
Audi S4 Summary
The 2012 S4 is an already great car (the A4) made better. You get all the comfort of everyday driving combined with the power and handling of weekend fun. The S4 should be on the list of anyone who doesn’t want to compromise. Find your S4, or any member of the Audi lineup, haggle free at CarWoo!