2018Audi S4 balances perfect performance with luxury in one package that is practical and sharp. There is almost no recipe for excitement, but that touches all bases.
Far different from the colored Skittles sports sedan in the 1990s, the new 2018 Audi S4 is more serious about its looks and mission. A four-door performance sedan is now preferable to occupy a space between luxury and high performance with a seamless blend between the two. S4 is available in Premium Plus and Prestige trim.
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2018 Audi S4 Style and performance
Audi S4 has been given a thorough once-over as the two-door S5 (mostly) are related. Unlike the S5, S4 only comes in a neat form of style.
Like the A4 in front of it, the S4 is sharpened from the last generation, with the lower nose and raised headlamps, and sharper folds along the sides. The shunt line of veils is hidden by the very depressed folds in the body panels and helps S4 achieve a more serious look. Standard LED lights help frame the arrival of cars; Soft, but obviously, boomerang lamps look better than their S5 counterparts.
Along the sides, the S4 gets deeper folds on the body that are not readable under the showroom lights, but on the street. With only the bright discs in the sky projecting one light source above the head (aka the sun), the S4 body line gives rise to a larger shadow along the profile that worries us that the Audi stylist is lazy (or possibly lazy).
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The S4 interior is subdued, with the same approach as outside. A comfortable inside bucket is accented with a quilting diamond pattern; The insertion of the door narrows with Alcantara and contrast contrasting sutures; instrument panel and center console simplified with carbon fiber inlays available.
Spending more on the S4 gets more interior features, but apart from the S4 trim supported by a new 3.0-liter V-6 turbocharged that produces 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. A single twin-scroll turbocharger is planted between a cylinder bank to feed both sides but will feed one bank first to reduce the turbo lag. In our tests we found that it worked; S4 never feels out of breath. It skyrockets S4 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, which is faster than the BMW 340i and Mercedes-AMG C43.
Benefits of the new V-6 turbo from Audi’s long history with forced induction. Turbo lag has been thrown to barely register with the driver’s right foot – most of the available torque comes at 1,350 rpm – and the acceleration is fast and drama-free.
S4 is all automatic this time. Automatic 8 speed, related to the existing gearbox in RS7, is the only pair available for turbo-6. Though tearing off the self-confident, paddle-shifting speed 8 is not very precise or fast-the transmission will automatically shift in redline, manual mode or not. Regardless of the selected drive mode, the S4 is eager for upshift to save fuel, unless you are deep inside the throttle.
Like the previous generation, the S4 comes with a standard all-wheel drive, which Audi calls Quattro. The 40/60 front-to-rear torque split is focused performance and keeps the car fit when cornering. The grip is not easily removed, and while S4 will politely push the driver back to its original form – there is no wild slide here.
The four-wheel-free suspension is standard, and the five-lane revised fitting in front has been removed from lighter aluminum to reduce unsprung mass. Adaptive dampers are available on S4 for the first time and dropped the elevation almost an inch. Set the damper from Comfort to Dynamic plugging the car, but
we will stop calling S4 stiff. Each trip select settings-Comfort, Dynamic, Auto, and Individual-closer to convenience than direct performance. It’s clear S4 is meant to be a better all-rounder this time around.
A newly available sport rear variant – first offered on the S4 and second generation units from the Audi side to slide side to side on the rear wheels, in addition to front-to-back tasks handled by standard centers. differential. The rear difference makes S4 a competent player on the track, but also comes with a sport steering setup that we want to tame.
Although the dynamic ratio is rapidly increasing at a higher rate, its feelings through the wheels are somewhat unpredictable. Spin on the wheel, and the S4 is keen to keep the comfort – first with a slow ratio, but the performance ramp is approaching quickly and the end result can make the sedan feel a bit too lethargic. We do not think many drivers will notice unless the excitement is biting back, but we just want to be a bit more progressive in the variable ratio.
2018 Audi S4 Comfort, security, and features
S4 produces little advantage over mechanically-related S5 because the packaging is slightly better and better driving position. The S4 is a true five-seater-6-footer that can sit behind another 6-footer-and the addition of two doors is made for entry and entry better into the second row.
At the front, a comfortable sports bucket is equipped with standard chair massagers and can be customized widely. In the back, the two outboard positions do not have the same supporters as the front seat racer, but are comfortable. Riding a hump on S4 may be an uncertain proposition depending on how aggressive the driver is-make sure to call the “shotgun” first.
S4 has a standard 60/40-split backrest that helps standard luggage of 13 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
The quality of riding on the S4 is closer to “comfort” than “performance”, which is praised by our backs after a day behind the wheel. Audi does not channel much of the engine noise, and the rumble from the quad exhaust behind is also retarded. S4 does not shout “sport sedan”, which might help explain some of its appeal.
Like the S5, it is almost impossible that the S4 will be subject to an official crash test. In the absence of data, we can draw from the related A4, which is named Top Safety Pick + by IIHS.
S4 is equipped with “Pre sense city” advanced safety as standard equipment rated “Superior” by IIHS. Monitor blind spots, parking sensors, and surround-view camera systems are optional additions, but fortunately the standard rearview camera.
The rest of the standard S4 feature list is also impressive. All versions of S4 get sports bucket with diamond-plated pattern, front seat massagers, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, 18 inch wheels with summer 245/40 summer tires, LED lights, leather seats with Alcantara inserts on doors, 7.0 inch and 7.0 inch infotainment screen is standard with Audi MMI interface.
A word about MMI: It runs Audi’s original infotainment system very well with its clickwheel. Install your smartphone and get ready to run iOS or Android with chopsticks.
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