The 2001 Audi S4 sells as a sedan or wagon. The engine proves powerful, although less powerful than some of the competing brands’ matching models. The suspension gets good reviews from previous drivers and the brakes feel strong and reliable. The S4 Sedan and S4 Avant compete as strong members in the high-performance sedan and wagon market. Some downsides include that the back seats inability to accommodate three people for long distances and shifting that lacks precision. Overall the Audi S4 still makes a strong competitor in the high-performance market.
Body Styles: sedan and wagon
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Audi S4 Quattro, Audi S4 Avant Quattro
For 2001, the Audi S4 makes the Electronic Stabilization Program a standard feature. The Audi S4 Avant Quattro makes a new addition to the Audi lineup for the 2001 model year. The Avant Quattro offers expanded cargo space and many of the same features as the Avant Sedan. A new color provides another option for the exterior, Casablanca White, and aluminum housings give an option for the exterior mirrors as part of the aluminum trim packages.
The 2001 Audi S4 Quattro Sedan sits on 17-inch alloy wheels with a steel spare wheel provided with new purchases. With a new purchase of the Avant Quattro Audi provides a spare alloy wheel. Full-size matching spare tires come with new purchases of both sub-models. The Quattro Sedan has variable intermittent wipers and a rear defogger that help combat bad visibility caused by less than perfect driving conditions. The Avant Quattro includes a rear window wiper in addition to the rear defogger that further improves rear visibility. A roof rack only remains available on the Avant Quattro and further expands the cargo carrying capacity as the main benefit of the Avant in comparison with the Sedan Quattro. Power features include remote power locks on the doors and interior power controls for the heated exterior mirrors. All four windows in both the Avant and the base model use one-touch power.
The front seats of both the Avant Quattro and the base Audi S4 remain the same. The front seats feel roomy and have 10-way power adjustment available to provide extra comfort for the driver and front passenger. The front-passenger and driver’s seats also have manually adjustable lumbar support to help avoid or reduce back pain during long-distance trips. The front of both sub-models utilizes sport seats. The rear of both sub-models uses a split-folding seat, and an optional folding center armrest with storage offers extra comfort for rear passengers. Convenience features of the sedan sub-model include cruise control and a cargo net.
Performance & Handling
Drivers of the 2001 Audi S4 describe the experience as a pleasure. Overall performance and handling of the S4’s 2.7-liter, V-6 engine remains competitive in the high-performance market.
Side-impact bars give the 2001 Audi S4 extra durability and protection during side-impact collisions. Front and rear fog lights and driving lights give the driver extra visibility and increase the S4’s visibility to other drivers on the road. The driver and front passenger get protected by both front-impact head airbags and side-impact airbags. The side airbags in the Avant protect the first- and second-row passengers, and the same seats get protection from head airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi S4 Quattro: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Audi S4 Avant Quattro: 16/22 mpg city/highway
- Sedan and wagon options
- Plenty of airbags
- Competitive performance
You Won't Like
- Rear seats not fit for three people
A powerful sports car.
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