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2007 Audi S4

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2007 Audi S4 Review

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Audi's S4 takes all that is good about the A4 Sedan (comfortable interior, reasonable dimensions, razor-sharp handling) and ratchets it up a few notches by adding a potent V8 engine, standard quattro all-wheel drive and a race-inspired suspension. Designed to compete with the BMW M and Mercedes-Benz AMG Series, Audi expands the sports car definition by offering the S4 in sedan, wagon (known as the S4 Avant) and convertible forms. Comfortable enough to use as a daily driver, yet equally at home on a closed race track, the S4 delivers unrelenting doses of speed and agility, allowing even the novice driver to feel like a seasoned pro. The S4's $50,000 price tag and limited production numbers ensure the lucky owner a small measure of exclusivity.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a high-performance enthusiast who doesn't like to compromise, you'll love the Audi S4. It's a remarkable combination of abundant power, incredible performance, phenomenal handling and a stunning interior providing first-rate comfort and luxury.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You won't like this car if you have to stick to a budget. It's not inexpensive to purchase, or to insure, or to keep the gas tank full. It's terrific, but it's not for everybody.

What's Significant About This Car?

The S4 receives sporty new front and rear bumpers with optional carbon fiber trim. The S4's Symphony stereo loses its cassette deck but gains a six-disc CD changer capable of playing MP3-encoded CDs, and a power moonroof is now standard.

Driving the S4

Driving Impressions The S4's levels of acceleration, handling and braking are simply far beyond most drivers' previous automotive experiences. Even those with considerable time in very high-performance cars will likely be seriously...

impressed. Audi offers a choice of two transmissions: A six-speed manual or the optional SporTronic automatic, the later operated with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. The quattro system is a perfect match for the engine, and does an exemplary job of delivering the V8's remarkable output to all four wheels for the optimum in traction, handling and stability. Although there is nothing subtle about the S4's ride quality, for those who want a car like this it's a small trade-off when compared to the S4's awesome performance level.
Favorite Features

Recaro Sport Seats
The S4's Recaro sport seats are outstanding. They hold you in all the right places without pinching. Add the optional Alcantara upholstery and the interior becomes even more stunning.

Audi Navigation System
The available Audi navigation system displays route direction on a small screen tucked neatly between the speedometer and tach. This makes it quite easy to read the directions, as they are in your line of sight, rather than off to the side.

2007 Audi S4 Details
2007 Audi S4 photo Interior

Audi has a reputation for terrific interiors and the S4's might just make you want to climb in and never leave. Open the door and you're immediately aware of wonderful sights, surfaces and even sounds. The 12-way adjustable power Recaro sport seats are covered in rich Nappa leather, with the option of Alcantara color-keyed inserts. There is subtle gray birch wood trim and S4 logos on the instruments and thick gearshift knob. Pedals are perfectly positioned for those who can accomplish the classic heel-and-toe downshift, and the thick-grip adjustable wheel instills a feeling of utter confidence when negotiating tight turns. Music lovers can add a 215-watt Bose audio system with AudioPilot noise compensation feature.

Exterior

Visually, the S4 can be thought of as a variant of the A4, with aggressive front and rear bumpers that include slotted lower air vents, a revised grille and fog lights. Other S4 styling cues include aluminum exterior side mirrors, S4 badges at the base of the trunk lid and body-colored lower door lips. Though it is clearly a four-door sedan, the slick shape and blacked-out B-pillars make it easy to mistake it for a high-performance coupe. For 2007, all S4s wear a new set of 18-inch wheels identical in design to the new S8's 20-inch wheels. A tastefully small rear wing and lower air dam complete the S4's appearance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The S4 is packed with such goodies as a six-speed manual transmission, quattro all-wheel drive, power moonroof, front-side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, 12-way power Recaro seats with power lumbar support, 18-inch wheels, MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer, bi-xenon headlamps with washers, dual heated outside mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Driver Information Center and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Optional Equipment

The S4's options sheet is extensive. Popular items include rear side airbags, a power rear sunshade, Audi's navigation system, Bose audio with XM Satellite Radio, heated seats and ski sack. The Premium package adds a garage door opener, dual power folding mirrors with day/night feature, heated front seats, adaptive headlamps and rain sensing wipers.

Under the Hood

The S4's 4.2-liter V8 is a masterful piece of engineering. It has all the power of a muscle-car era V8 without a rude idle and course acoustics. Under normal driving conditions the S4's engine sounds correctly polite—the only evidence of its eight-cylinder symphony is evident at the exhaust pipe. Push the accelerator to (or near) the floor and it's a whole different story. A throaty growl announces the arrival of serious horsepower and the car gains speed at a decidedly rapid rate. Choose the manual transmission and you may have your skills put to the test, as all that power means that gear changes can arrive very quickly.

4.2-liter V8
340 horsepower @ 7000 rpm
302 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (manual), 15/23 (automatic)

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2007 Audi S4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 73 Ratings for the 2005 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Great car

By on Saturday, June 16, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Blast to drive, awesome interior"

Cons: "You have to know its expensive to own, poor MPG."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have had my 2008 S4 for just over a year now and its been great. No issues with the car at all. I have put just over 10,000 miles on it these past 15 months and other than two oil changes, it hasnt seen service. I thoroughly enjoy driving it and am taking it to the track at Mid Ohio in a month. As a daily driver, it is fun as it is comfortable. I have the manual and love driving it but I also live in a small town so I dont have to sit in much traffic. Great car if you need four doors and yet want performance. Watch the back seat room if you are tall however as it is a two seater if the front seats are all the way back, or even close. As a VW Passat owner, this was a great car to move to for improved performance."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Bought a 2005 last year with 5000 miles on it.

By on Thursday, March 22, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Cab, Black, 6 Manual, Great stereo, Sat Radio. Beast of a vehicle. Dangerously fast, excellent cornering and road response, extremely stable at high speeds, Poor right rear visibility, avgerages 14-15mpg country driving 19-20 highway(but that's with a lot of pedal), tires take a lot of wear in country road driving, top goes down in 30 secs, acceleration from 65 to 95 is like most cars at 25 to 40. wipers are a little weak on the rain, highly recommend Rain-X for added visiblity. Very annoying get caught behind slow drivers... Not many other cars gives you: V8/6 Manual/AWD/CONVERTIBLE/ all in one package!!"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

One Hot Car

By on Sunday, February 19, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "She's everything you could ask for in a sports car"

Cons: "no room in the back seat, that's not always a con"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Makes ya feel special

"My '06 S4 Cabriolet is by far absolutely the best car I have ever owned. She is beautiful and responsive like a lady should be and yet she is powerful and sure footed like the purebred she obviously is. With her 340 HP V8 coupled to the superlative quattro AWD system she handles like a dream. The convertible top goes down in a breeze. With all the options and the Nav/Bose combination and leather seating she's like coming home on a beautiful day. I Love this car"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Makes ya feel special

5th and best Audi I have owned

By on Thursday, February 09, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "AWD, brakes, handling, interior, ergonomics."

Cons: "MPG, but knew this."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned 5 Audis. (2) 90 series quattros, (2) A4s with V6s and finally this 2007 S4. What a GREAT car. The sleeper of all 4 door compact cars. With a 7000 redline wail that rivals a Nascar vehicle, this is stunning. The versatility with AWD and interior details unmatched by most production vehicles, this car is simply amazing. 340 HP, huge brakes, AWD, Recaro seats etc.... How can you beat this? So sad to see the new S4 go to a supercharged V6. The sound of the V8 is totally worth the price of admission."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

FUN CAR!

By on Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "QUICK, SMOOTH, CLASSY"

Cons: "GAS MILLAGE, BACK SEAT ROOM."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"IT HAS GOOD POWER. MY ONLY COMPLAINT IS THAT THE BACK SEAT ROOM HAS VERY LITTLE ROOM FOR TALL PEOPLE."

Refined but sporty

By on Sunday, February 05, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fast, refined, beautiful, easy to own"

Cons: "Firm ride, fairly costly to service at Audi dealer"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Fit and finish are excellent. Power is amazing. I can't comment on winter driving as it's never seen snow. Would love to buy a newer one but don't think I could do without that V8 growl...new one is a turbo 6."

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