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2010 Audi S4

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2010 Audi S4 Review

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Growing up doesn't necessarily have to mean growing old. For car buyers who have graduated to a luxury-grade four-door, the desire to rip down a twisty road may be equal to the need for a comfortable daily commuter. Plot these two lines on a graph and, at the point of intersection, you'll see parked the 2010 Audi S4. Boasting refinement that hop-up tuners could only dream of, the newly-supercharged S4 serves double duty as coddling people-mover and four-wheeled stimulant. Behind its understated but aggressive appearance, Audi's 2010 rendition of the S4 packs more power than a BMW 335i, better fuel economy than an Infiniti G37 and handling that rivals the world's best sport sedans.

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There's no shortage of luxurious sport sedans on the market, but the 2010 Audi S4 stands out with standard quattro all-wheel drive, more power than the BMW 335i and Infiniti G37, a blissfully smooth and surprisingly efficient supercharged V6 and handling that laughs at even the curviest of roads.

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Buyers intent on owning the baddest sport sedan around will want to consider the 2010 Audi S4's higher-priced but more powerful competitors, such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. These alternatives are also projected to provide better resale value than the 2010 S4.

What's New for 2010

Once offered in multiple body styles, the 2010 Audi S4 is available to U.S. consumers in sedan guise only. Mechanical upgrades include a new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, an available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a Sport Rear Differential system tied to standard quattro all-wheel drive.

Driving the S4

Driving Impressions Those lamenting the demise of the V8-powered Audi S4 really need to spend some time driving the 2010 model. The new supercharged V6 is sheer joy, delivering...

abundant power, nary a bit of delay or whine and, in our case, 21.3 mpg overall. What really impressed us was how relaxed and compliant the S4 felt at slow speeds around town. Sure, the ride was a tad on the stiff side, but completely within the confines of sport sedan parameters. That being said, get out on an open road, drop the manual gearbox down a few gears and the 2010 S4 unveils the other side of its personality. At this point, reeling in triple-digit speeds is akin to shooting fish in a barrel and the suspension handles corners with appropriate competence. In snowy conditions, the S4's quattro all-wheel-drive system delivers sure-footed handling.

Supercharged 3.0-liter V6
Word of a six-cylinder engine replacing a proven V8 might have Audi S4 fans scratching their heads, but this supercharged powerplant promises to transform skeptics into believers. Power is smooth and plentiful, while fuel economy is surprisingly high. Our only complaint? We miss the V8's growl.

Audi Drive Select
Audi Drive Select is must-have technology for anyone who wants to get the most out of the 2010 S4. Using any one of four available settings, drivers are able to tune this sport sedan's steering, suspension, transmission and throttle to personal tastes and preferences.

2010 Audi S4 Details
Interior

There's a lot to like inside the 2010 Audi S4, but none of it has to do with the special S4 embroidery on the seats. We're talking about quality materials used throughout, soft leather upholstery and an adjustable armrest that puts the shifter right at the driver's fingertips. Deeply bucketed sport seats are comfortable over the long haul, but we'd be OK with a bit of extra padding on the lower cushions. Rear passengers of average height are afforded ample leg and head room, while the driver is treated to worry-free outward visibility.

Exterior
2010 Audi S4 photo

Changes made to differentiate the 2010 Audi S4 from its more mainstream A4 sibling are subtle, making this hot-rod sedan a bit of a sleeper. The S4 is dressed with a unique grille, its own 18-inch alloy wheels, quad exhaust tips, an aluminum finish on the mirrors and minimal S4 badging. Adding a bit of refined sportiness is the job of an integrated rear spoiler and slightly flared rocker panels. Behind it all are the A4's sculpted body work and menacing LED front lights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Befitting its ranking as the top-of-the-line A4, the 2010 Audi S4 is packed with its share of luxurious touches, including six-setting heated front seats and a three-zone climate-control system. Among the other standard niceties are SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Bluetooth technology and Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI) system. Using one central dial, MMI has been designed to integrate components such as the radio and heated seats but, as a result, S4 drivers are required to tap multiple buttons when attempting the simplest of tasks. Safety is covered by up to eight airbags and stability and traction control systems.

Optional Equipment

Audi offers a number of desirable options for the 2010 S4, the most notable of which is the Prestige Package that adds automatic day/night mirrors, memory functions for the driver, a navigation system sporting outstanding resolution, 19-inch performance tires and a stellar Bang & Olufsen sound system. The 2010 S4 can also be tricked out with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, an Audi Drive Select system that lets drivers personalize the S4's performance parameters and a Sport Rear Differential package that boosts handling capability by adjusting the amount of torque distributed to each of the rear wheels.

Under the Hood


The 2010 S4 has a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The S4's six-cylinder engine clearly delivers plenty of power, yet daily commuters may be more impressed by its EPA-rated fuel economy: 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway with a six-speed manual transmission and 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway with a seven-speed S tronic automatic. By comparison, engines in the 2010 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan and 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD are less powerful and less fuel-efficient.

3.0-liter V6 Supercharged
333 horsepower @ 5500-7000 rpm
325 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2900-5300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (manual), 18/28 (automatic)

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2010 Audi S4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 30 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

best vehicle ever. only 13,000 miles in 30 months.

By on Thursday, November 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "best car ever. hot car. comfortable in all seats"

Cons: "none"

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

"The hottest and most comfortable car I ever drove. My wife and passengers in rear seat love it. I have owned all the luxury cars and I pick this one. I am a products liability lawyer, and I have been the attorney for VW, Audi, Fiat and Ferrari. This car performs well in the city and highway."

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Very reliable, handles great, fast, quiet

By on Thursday, October 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great everyday sporty driver's car"

Cons: "chrome exhaust tips hard to keep clean"

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

"Very reliable every day drivers car, haven't had to do anything except take it in for routine/scheduled maintenance. It is comfortable, even on long trips, fast, handles sharp & tight. The suspension is very firm but not harsh. Overall a great car"

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great performing car, fun to drive.

By on Saturday, August 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, fun, good styling, fun to drive."

Cons: "add-ons are pricey , scan rear leg room"

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

"This is the perfect combination of a daily driver that you can jump on and ejoy all of the performance of a true sports car. The sports suspension options are a complete necessity. Has a lot of torque at all RPMs- does not have the peaky response of some supercharged/turbocharged vehicles. Corners like a dream. Nicely styled, conservative interior. Major complaint is rear leg room. I never drive in the rear seats so who cares."

13 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Nimble, reliable, quick and pampered

By on Sunday, July 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks, Performance, Refinement"

Cons: "No deal breakers"

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

"After 5 months of driving and 10K miles, not a single regret... Reasons to Buy: (many reasons but i'll stick to the top) Performance - The Quattro AWD system puts the incredible power of this vehicle to the ground instantly and without hesitation. You feel glued to the road in all conditions and I've driven it over many mountain passes. Through snow, ice, sleet, rain the Quattro AWD with sport differential never misses a beat! The engine/transmission is amazing, many complain that the exhaust doesn't make the grunt that it should. I disagree, the engine in this car is a "sleeper" and it's supposed to be. It is refined and tame in every way (in comfort and Auto modes) unless you ask it to be otherwise... In which case (in Dynamic mode) it can become an unhinged animal leaving you trying to figure out where everyone went, just glance at the rearview mirror for the answer. The power is instant and it snaps! Keep the animal tamed for the best fuel economy, I'm averaging around 23-24 Hwy/City together. The steering is ample but does have the typical synthetic feel of EAS, the drive select system does seem to curb this feel in Dynamic mode but you can still feel the presence. It stays very tidy in corners, I've never felt it understeer but have experienced over steer in corners under heavy acceleration; in any case this is only momentary as the onboard systems quickly right the situation with or without your input. Refinement - You simply cannot beat the trim and fit of a German engineered car. The interior is nothing short of stunning, the details are important and they are not overlooked. The front seats are sporty, they cradle you and the back seats are no longer a "joke". The back seats can actually fit two adults in reasonable comfort. Controls make sense and are well placed. The exterior is sporty looking with amazing lines, combined with the 19in rims this vehicle looks best in class for performance luxury. Fun Factor - While it always depends on what you are looking for, the "fun factor" ranks high for me. If I'm going to be paying for it for years to come, it had better be fun, period. This car is an absolute joy to drive and fits in wherever I find myself. My commuter car during the week to my mountain express on the weekends."

18 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Love this thang

By on Saturday, April 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "I didn't get it sooner"

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

"I bought this car about 7 months ago. Since about 500 miles it has been built to be stage 2 and is making about 400 horsepower to the wheels. It has a perfect blend of performance, comfort, flash and refinement."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Car to love - Sport and comfort

By on Saturday, February 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,700

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Drive Control, Entertainment System, Looks"

Cons: "Misses Rear Entertainment screen"

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

"I love my 2014 Audi S4, my wife gifted it to me. The car completes the drive pleasure and amazing fun while cruising within the city or zip on highways. The acceleration is amazing and the engine sound compliments it, the ride is very smooth and stable, braking is precised and totally love the sport steering wheel. I like the interior and exterior very much and the car is a beauty to watch. Overall the car I always wanted and me and my wife are totally crazy about it."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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