2008 Audi S4

  • 2008 Audi S4 Avant Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      340/302
    • ENGINE
      4.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $50,710
  • 2008 Audi S4 Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      340/302
    • ENGINE
      4.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $49,710
  • 2008 Audi S4 Cabriolet Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      340/302
    • ENGINE
      4.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $57,975
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2008 Audi S4 Review

A good value, with a modern, sleek style that looks attractive to onlookers.

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Overview

The 2008 Audi S4 comes as a sedan, wagon, or convertible. It offers a lot of power, which makes driving a pleasure. All-wheel drive comes standard to all body styles and helps improve the handling. The attractive style of the S4 gives it a competitive edge in the small luxury sedan market. Complete with a small back seat a small family can use these models to commute around town for family business in style.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door convertible, four-door wagon, sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed Tiptronic automatic
Models: Audi S4 Cabriolet, Audi S4 Avant, Audi S4 Sedan

What's New

For 2008, all three models of the Audi S4 show only minor changes from the 2007 models. Heated front seats come standard in the Audi S4 Cabriolet starting with the 2008 model. All three models of the 2008 S4 also offer the option of an iPod interface.

Exterior

All three Audi S4 models use 18-inch alloy wheels with a spare wheel provided. A matching, full-size spare tire also comes with all models. Variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, and cargo tie-downs come standard. The S4 Cabriolet has a power convertible roof. The Sedan and Avant wagon models come equipped with a glass sunroof.

Interior

All three Audi S4 models have multi-level heated seats in the front. The multi-level heated seats also offer eight-way power adjustment and lumbar support. The front premium leather sport seats look durable and attractive. An optional navigation system remains available on all three models. The S4 Avant model offers up to 61 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

Performance & Handling

The Audi S4’s 4.2-liter, 340-horsepower engine gives the driver a thrill. The high-end underpinnings help the S4 deliver a smooth ride even when the driver tests the performance and handling on twisty back roads. All-wheel drive gives the Audi S4 excellent grip and also provides for safer handling in areas where rain or snow complicate the driving conditions. The anti-lock disc brakes work well enough to stop quickly in any emergency situation and prevent losing grip on the road. The suspension features multi-link, four-wheel independent systems. The front and rear stabilizer bars work with the other stabilizing features to keep the ride smooth and the car under control.

Safety

The Audi S4 Cabriolet comes with front-seat airbags. The Sedan and Avant models come equipped with full-length side curtain airbags. The A4 sedan, the base model for the S4, receives four stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s frontal crash test and five stars for the side-impact test in the front seat. For the back seat, the A4 scores four out of five stars in the side-impact test. The anti-lock disc brakes have stability control to balance the braking power. Comparable Audi models earn a rating of ?good,? the highest rating possible, in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s frontal-onset and side-impact categories.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi S4 Cabriolet: 13/19 mpg city/highway
Audi S4 Avant: 13/20 mpg city/highway
Audi S4 Sedan: 13/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Glass sunroof on the S4 Sedan or Avant
  • Power roof on the S4 Cabriolet
  • Traction and stability control
  • Sport-tuned suspension in all models

You Won't Like

  • Only one trim level available
  • Complicated navigation system
  • Cramped back seat in the S4 Cabriolet and Sedan
  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

A good value, with a modern, sleek style that looks attractive to onlookers.

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