2012 Audi S4 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 Audi S4 is essentially unchanged from last year, although a few previously optional features are now standard equipment.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Audi S4 is a high-performance luxury sedan available in either Premium Plus or Prestige trim levels.
Standard features for the Premium Plus include 18-inch wheels with summer tires, a sunroof, automatic xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, foglamps, automatic wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated 12-way power sport seats with driver memory, leather and faux-suede upholstery, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, auto-dimming mirrors, Bluetooth, a dash-mounted MMI electronics controller and a 10-speaker stereo with single-CD player, iPod interface, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.
The S4 Prestige adds 19-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, a rearview camera, keyless ignition/entry, rear parking sensors, voice controls, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, blind-spot assist, an MMI controller mounted on the center console and a hard-drive-based navigation system with digital music storage, real-time traffic and HD radio. Most of these features are available on the Premium Plus as options.
Some options are offered on the Prestige trim only and include the Audi Drive Select Package, which adds adaptive suspension dampers, an enhanced steering system, a sport rear differential that can distribute torque individually to each rear wheel, and selectable driving settings (the sport differential and drive select are offered as an option for the Premium Plus). The Titanium package adds different 19-inch wheels and dark exterior trim.
Other Prestige-only add-ons include adaptive cruise control and a power rear sunshade with manual rear side shades. Options available to both S4 trims include full leather upholstery, rear-seat side airbags and carbon-fiber or stainless-steel mesh interior inlays.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2012 Audi S4 is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 333 hp and 325 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro system. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual (S tronic) is optional. A sport rear differential (which varies torque between the rear wheels) is also available.
Standard safety features for the 2012 Audi S4 include stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and hill-hold for the manual transmission. Rear side airbags are optional. Included in the optional adaptive cruise control is Active Braking Guard, which detects an imminent collision and alerts the driver, then primes the brakes for optimum stopping power.
In government crash testing, the 2012 S4 earned an overall rating of four stars (out of a possible five), with four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side and rollover crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not tested the S4, although the related Audi A4 earned a top “Good” rating in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.
Interior Design and Special Features
As is typical with the Audi lineup, the S4′s interior design follows an understated design language and then incorporates top-notch materials and excellent build quality. Most controls are intuitive to use, though the abundance of buttons and knobs can sometimes be overwhelming. The cabin itself almost seems austere, especially for a high-performance vehicle, but buyers can spice things up with available two-tone color schemes. The seats are both supportive and comfortable.
On S4 models equipped with the navigation system, the MMI controls are conveniently arrayed around the console-mounted shift lever. On S4s without navigation, the controls are mounted on the center stack, and reaching forward to operate them is a bit awkward. This MMI is also an older design, with inferior graphics, more confusing menus and no joystick-like knob that makes certain inputs easier.
Like the A4, the S4 features a roomy cabin that can accommodate four adults for an extended drive. Trunk space is average for this class of car, with 12 cubic feet.
As the hopped-up version of the already sporty A4 sedan, the 2012 Audi S4 is clearly the choice for the performance-minded driver. Handling is impressive, with tenacious AWD traction and little body roll to speak of. Surprisingly, this cornering prowess does not come at the expense of comfort, as the ride quality is still reasonably luxurious.
2012 Audi S4 Price :
MSRP range: $47,300 – $48,700
Invoice price range: $43,990 – $45,292
2012 Audi S4 Specs :
Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3847
City (MPG) : 18
Hwy (MPG) : 27
Horsepower : 333@5500-7000
Torque (lb-ft) : 325@2900-5300
Wheelbase : 110.7
Length (in.) : 185.7
Width (in.) : 80.3
Height (in.) : 55.4