The 2015 Audi S4 remains largely unchanged from last year’s model, and that’s just fine. This sports car is fun to drive and responsive without rattling your fillings out of your teeth. There are a few niggling issues, but they’re not enough to overshadow what is a phenomenally enjoyable car.
Let’s start with the exterior that lets you know right away that you’re dealing with a sports car. Lines are long and low with quad exhausts, LED taillights, and an integrated rear spoiler. Add the $1,300 Black Optic package for body color exterior mirrors, high-gloss black package, and 19″ 5-V-spoke wheels with a titanium finish. It looks the part. That package also gives you summer tires, so, yeah, problematic if you’re in colder climes.
The interior falls right in line with 12-way power adjustable S sport seats including lumbar adjustment and a leather and Alcantara finish. I have never been a fan of Alcantara because it does what it’s supposed to by keep your rear end in your seat on the corners, but I always feel sort of stuck to the seat when I try to get out. Still, it does its job when you’re having fun and you are really going to have some fun.
Some sports cars are rather spartan, but the Audi S4 is lush. Not only does it look good, but if feels good. The seats are comfortable and supportive with bolstering that hugs rather than squishes. There’s a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles and three-zone climate control. A power sunroof lets in plenty of sun and soft touch surfaces combine with muted finishes that complement each other beautifully.
The infotainment system is the one area that I found lacking. There is no touchscreen and the radio stations are controlled by a knob located on the center console. It’s well-placed, but it scrolls in the wrong direction which takes some getting used to and causes undue frustration.
What does not frustrate in the least is the drive. Powered by a 3.0-liter TFSI V6, the Audi S4 delivers 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque paired to a 7-speed S tronic transmission. Press the gas and you get an immediate and thrilling response that will have you struggling to hold back when faced with open highway.
The engine rumble is loud without being annoying on a longer drive and handling is fantastic. Take a corner fast and you will remain entirely in control without any body roll and no sense that things are about to slide away off the pavement.
The ride can be further enhanced with the Drive Select button which moves through Auto, Comfort, and Dynamic modes. They do just what they say with Comfort providing a softer, quieter ride and Dynamic tightening everything up and ever so slightly upping the exhaust note you hear and feel in the driver’s seat. The final level of control comes from using the paddle shifters which let you rev the engine gloriously high and come darn close to mimicking the sensation of a manual transmission without all the fancy footwork.
Fuel economy runs 18 city/28 highway/21 combined, but if you’re a bit harder on the gas you’ll find those ratings suffer. It doesn’t matter because it’s worth every penny at the pump for the driving experience.
Starting price on the Audi S4 is $49,800 so this ride doesn’t come cheap, but you are getting exactly what you pay for with this car. It has a comfortable, beautiful interior combined with excellent handling and lots of power that make this a sports car you’ll love to drive.
2015 Audi S4 3.0T Quattro S tronic
Base Price: $49,800
Price As Tested: $55,100(not including destination charge)
- Responsive Engine
- Plush Interior
- Just Plain Fun to Drive
- Fuel Economy
- Tight Back Seat
- Fiddly Radio Control Knob