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Audi S4 3.0 TFSI Quattro S Tronic (2013)

by Barry Green,reviewed February 2013

The S4 adds an emphatic exclamation mark to the Audi A4 mid-size prestige sedan and Avant wagon (pictured) range.

Our test car bristled with some $16,000 of optional equipment that included performance-enhancing Audi drive select with dynamic steering and quattro sports differential ($4300) and 19-inch alloys with 255/35ZR19 rubber ($2600).

Under controlled testing conditions, the ‘blown’ V6 proved a powerhouse, showing a penchant to rev hard and deliver with its fat torque curve. Unlike some turbocharged challengers, response is immediate. Two-up, our test car dispatched the standing 400 metres in 14 seconds, with 0-100 km/h coming up in 5.4 seconds, just 0.4 outside of Audi’s claimed optimum.

All this is at a cost, however, with fuel consumption blowing out to 14.1 litres/100 km, not even close to the ADR combined cycle figure of 8.1.

The S4 rides on tautly-tuned and lowered sports suspension and drives through Audi’s acclaimed quattro AWD system. Grip and traction thresholds are as you might expect of a car thus equipped, as is an absence of body roll, and the S4 carves its way through corners with absolute conviction.

Audi interiors are something of a benchmark and, at this end of the market, the S4 doesn’t disappoint, ergonomically or visually. If this isn't enough, big brother RS4 arrives soon.

Audi S4 3.0 TFSI Quatrro S Tronic 2013

For

Performance, style

Against

Thirst, spacesaver spare wheel

Key features

18” alloys, dual climate-control airconditioning, Xenon-plus headlights, driver info system, stop/start fuel-saving, powered/heated front sport seats

Safety

Front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, electronic brake distribution, brake assist

Car Details

Vehicle make Audi
Vehicle model S4 3.0 TFSI Quattro S Tronic
Vehicle type Luxury Sports
Year 2013
Price when new $119,900 (as tested, $136,050) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 3.0-litre, DOHC, 24v supercharged V6
Max power 245 kW @ 5500-6500 rpm
Max torque 440 Nm @ 2900-5300 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 5.4 sec (as tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 23.9 m (as tested)
Economy ADR 8.1 litres/100 km
Emissions rating
4 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.