The Audi S4 is a high-performing version of Audi’s successful A4. It is an evolution of the A4’s luxury compact sedan, and comes in both the saloon and “Avant,” or wagon, version. The S-version Audis are only available with “Quattro” all-wheel drive systems. Since 1991, the four-door sedan and wagon versions have been available; in 1997, Audi also added a “cabriolet,” or convertible, model. However, the cabriolet was soon changed to the A5 body style and is marketed as an Audi S5.

Audi S4 Awards

The Audi S4 was named one of Car and Driver’s “Ten Best Cars of 2010.” In 2010, the Audi S4 was also named Esquire’s “Car of the Year,” and the Audi S4 engine was named one of “Ward’s 10 Best Engines” for both 2009 and 2010. The 2001 model was named Car and Driver’s “Favorite Sports Sedan.”

In 2010, Audi replaced the S4’s 340-horsepower engine with a 333-horsepower V-6, providing better gas mileage and increased performance. Today, the Audi S4 offers a dual-overhead cam, 3.0-liter, supercharged engine with electronic fuel injection management. While the engine still lags behind other luxury cars in terms of power, the savings in fuel over the life of the vehicle make some customers more than happy to part with the extra “zoom.”

The 2012 Audi S4

Audi offers two trim levels for the 2012 S4, the “Premium Plus” and the “Prestige.” Standard on the Premium Plus model are 18-inch alloy wheels with 245/40 summer performance tires, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors. The Prestige trim upgrades to 19-inch alloy wheels with 255/40 summer performance tires, and adaptive xenon headlights. You can also choose a variety of options to add to your 2012 Audi S4, including six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, rear acoustic parking sensors, which are standard on the Prestige model, MMI navigation, and keyless entry and startup. You can also choose the Bang & Olufsen® premium sound system, silk Nappa leather upholstery, power rear sunshade, and manual rear door sunshades.

The 2012 Audi S4 offers relatively high gas mileage for a luxury sedan, with an average of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway for the automatic model, and 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway for the manual transmission model. The Audi S4 offers 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which extends to 34 cubic feet with the second row seats folded down.

How much does an Audi S4 cost?

The 2012 Audi S4 costs an average of $48,700 retail, so it is not a car for the budget-conscious. However, for those looking for more power than the standard Audi A4 and better gas mileage than the more expensive V-8 models offered by BWM, Mercedes, and Lexus, the Audi S4 can be a very good choice.

Audi S4 Safety Ratings

Safety is one of Audi’s strongest features for all of its models, and the S4 is no exception. The 2012 Audi S4 was given three out of five stars on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s frontal driver crash tests and four out of five stars on the passenger frontal crash tests. Further, the Audi S4 was given four out of five stars on the front seat side crash testing and five out of five stars on the rear seat side crash testing. This is a lower rating than the 2010 Audi S4, which received five out of five stars in both frontal and side crash testing.

Audi offers a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty on all its products, so repair costs are not a concern until the fourth year of ownership has passed. During the fourth year, repair estimates are $556, and for the fifth year repairs costs rise to $1,228, for a total of $1,784 for the first five years of ownership.

How much is car insurance for an Audi S4?

Car insurance costs average $1,856 per year for the 2012 Audi S4. In contrast, the BMW-3 Series averages $2,218 per year, the Mercedes C-Class averages $1,659 per year, and the Infiniti G37 averages $1,544 per year. As you can see, insurance costs vary widely in this class, primarily based on the size of the engine and the amount of options available on each model.

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