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2019 Audi S4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Audis may be high up on list for petrol heads, but not this one, the S4, much like the A6 is understated and somehow severely underrated. The S4 is the jack of all trades in sedan segment. It has a luxurious, comfortable and tech-rich cabin, but doesn't match up to Mercedes. it has a powerful engine and sporty ride, but just shy of the Jaguar's capabilities.

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Pros

Well laid-out cabin

Advanced infotainment and features

Spacious back seats

Cons

Transmission can't keep up with sudden acceleration

Lack of steering feedback to driver

What's New?

Manual Transmission no longer available

Minor adjustments in trim levels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$50200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183

horsepower

349 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

369 lbs.-ft @ 1370 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.6/60.9

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

186.8 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

55.3 in.

curb weight

3858 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

81 cu ft.

cargo volume

13 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/30 mpg

highway range

459 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50,000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

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Brilliant Black

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Interior

8.5

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Audi S4 Premium

Premium

power
349 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$50,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $50,200 MSRP (21/24/30) 349 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Audi S4 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
349 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$54,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $54,500 MSRP (21/24/30) 349 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

 2019 Audi S4 Prestige

Prestige

power
349 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$57,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $57,800 MSRP (21/24/30) 349 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 9, 2019

8.8

Overall Rating


You can get the S4 in three trim levels. Starting with the Premium at $50,200 you get basic 7-inch infotainment and a power sunroof while moving to the Premium Plus trim at $53,000, gets you LED headlamps and Bang & Olufsen speakers. The top trim Prestige at $56,300 adds Audi pre-sense technology to the mix.

Facing off against the Mercedes-Benz C43, Jaguar XF with similar inline-4s as well as the Lexus IS 350 and Infiniti Q50, which come with V6 engines. Despite the competition, the Audi manages to shine through and make a significant mark on the segment. Let's see how well the Audi competes.

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8.5/10
Features

 
 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Audi S4 Features

8.5/10

The S4 sedan comes in three trims starting with the Premium trim at $50,200 which equips the sedan with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as standard, heated seats, and a 7-inch center display, the Premium Plus trim adds upgrades like a 12.3-inch display with Audi virtual cockpit and MMI Navigation. Go for the Prestige trim and features such as Heads-up display, Adaptive cruise control as well as a B&O speaker system are complemented to the sedan.

Model Premium Premium Plus Prestige
MSRP $50,200 $53,000 $56,300
Key Features Audi S exterior appearance (Platinum Gray Singleframe grille, Aluminum-optic front/rear trim, and exterior side mirror housings, body-colored door sill blades and integrated rear spoiler) Audi side assist with Audi pre sense rear Head-up display
  Full LED headlights with daytime running lights Audi virtual cockpit Audi adaptive cruise control with Traffic jam assist
  Twelve-way power front S sport seats, including four-way power lumbar adjustment and massage function for driver and passenger MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch and Audi connect (limited time subscription) Top view camera system
  Audi pre sense city and Audi pre sense basic Audi advanced key keyless start, stop and entry with hands-free trunk lid release Audi active lane assist
  Audi smartphone interface including Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto Audi phone box (wireless charging and signal booster) Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound

We Recommend

The Premium Plus trim is the best bang for your buck, it has almost all the necessary features equipped and none of the fancy extras to complicate your experience. You get full-LED headlamps and Audi's virtual cockpit along with the MMI Navigation system, which just happens to be a must-have in the Audi.

2019 Audi S4 Engine

The sport rear differential, part of the S Sport package, enhances the S4's enthusiastic turn-in. Even sports cars would have a hard time matching the S4's pace on a tight, twisty road. Longer sweepers, however, tax the Audi's front tires to the point of moderate understeer. - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

With 3.0L V6 turbo engine similar to the S6 and the Q7 under the hood tuned to 349 hp, the Audi S4 is an underrated all-rounder which has and efficient and effective engine mated to a 9-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. However, the power really hits higher up on the rev range. At lower revs, the throttle feels numb and watered down.

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Models

Audi S4

 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t Premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

MSRP

$50,200

$55,250 

$47,635

$50,960

$43,045

$51,295

Engine

Intercooled Turbo 3.0L V-6

Twin Turbo V-6, 3.0 L 

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.8L V6

3.7L V6

Transmission

 8-Speed Automatic Tiptronic

9-Speed Automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

Horsepower

 349 hp @5400 rpm

384 hp @ 2500 rpm

241 hp@ 5800rpm

247 hp@ 5500rpm

311 hp@ 6000rpm

330 hp@ 7000rpm

Torque

 369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm

385 lb-ft @ 6100 rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1650 rpm

269 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

293 ft-lbs@ 5000rpm

270 ft-lbs@ 5200rpm

The german sedans from the Merc - the C43 - and the Jaguar XF give the Audi S4 a tough competition with the V6s making 384 hp. Lexus GS 300 and Infiniti Q70 come with V6s instead of four-bangers making 300+ hp. The Infiniti and Jaguar have torque-rich engines that make the sedan punchy and fun to drive.

Acceleration

The Audi S4 may not be a performance sedan that could launch off at drag strips, but it delivers excellent acceleration figures. 60 miles an hour from a standstill takes merely 4.1 seconds while the quarter-mile takes 13.8 seconds. The Quattro system gives an immense boost to the acceleration compared to the rear-wheel-drive sedans.

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Models

Audi S4

 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t Premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

0-60 MPH

 4.3 sec

4.1 sec

7 sec

5 sec

6.3 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter mile

12.8 sec

N/A

N/A

13.5 sec

14.6 sec

14.2 sec

Engine

3.0L V6

3.0L V6

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.8L V6

3.7L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

6.3

8.9

8.4

You'd find the competition in the rearview mirror as you sprint to 60 faster than the rivals. Close at its heels, is the Jaguar XF coming in at 5.3 seconds, followed by the Infiniti Q50 at 5.5 seconds, while the Mercedes takes 5.9 seconds.

Ride and Handling

The understated looks betray the superb handling and driving dynamics of the S4 sedan, thanks to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system and other advanced drive-assist features. The low stance keeps the sedan planted through the corners and there is minimal body roll. The ride feels firm and decisive but can still manage to absorb most of the bumps and vibrations.

The slight understeer character in conjunction with the precise steering makes the S4 feel weighted and fun to drive at high speeds. In the city premises, the S4 is easy to maneuver through tight spots and parking lots.

Braking

The sedan comes with 13.3-inch discs up front and 13s in the back, while the pedal is easy to modulate and delivers smooth deceleration without sharp jerks. Even under heavy braking, the suspension setup keeps the sedan balanced and there is no significant brake fade upon continuous usage.

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Model

Audi S4

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t Premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Brake Front (in.)

 13.8

14.2

N/A

12.8

13.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13

13.8

N/A

12.8

12.4

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3858

3825

3805

3590

4195

3876

70-0 MPH (ft.)

148 N/A

174

170

167

167

The rivals have slightly smaller brakes to manage the sedans, but you won't really notice any major differences. However, the Jaguar XF has improved brake performance for 2019 and may prove to be a challenge for the Audi.

2019 Audi S4 Fuel Economy

Even in this arena, the Audi trumps the competition, the turbocharged 2.0L is a thrifty engine which gives you up to 34 miles to the gallon on the highways while managing 23 miles to the gallon in the city. The combined average comes to 27 which makes the Audi a pretty affordable daily driver.

Model

Audi S4

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t Premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

MPG (city)

21

19

22

25

19

18

MPG (highway)

 30 

27

32

34

27

25

MPG (combined)

24

22

26

28

22

21

Tank Capacity (gal)

 15.3

17.4

17.4

19.5

20.3

20.0

Range (miles) (city/highway)

321/459 331/470

383/557

488/663

386/548

360/500

In comparison, the Lexus and Infiniti with V6s manage 20 mpg in the city and a respectable 28 mpg on highways. The Merc and Jaguar aren't far behind the Audi and give up to 23 mpg in cities and 33 on highways.

2019 Audi S4 Interior

8.5/10

The S4 delivers performance and luxury in equal amounts. Driver fatigue, no matter the road, is at a minimum, and the S4 manages to strike a fine balance between capability and usability. - Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

If there's one thing the Audi S4 is best at, it's passenger comfort. The spacious interior has plush leather seats with comfortable bolstering and support for long journeys. Most of the surfaces are soft to the touch, however, a few hard plastic parts still manage to sneak by. The seats at the back easily accommodate three adults with great ease and has plenty of headroom for the taller passengers.

2019 Audi S4 Seating

Model

Audi S4

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t Premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Passenger capacity

4

4

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

 38.9/55.9/41.3

40.9/55.3/41.7

38.0/57.3/42.3

37.5/NA/NA

41.1/58.3/45.7

39.1/58.4/44.4

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

 37.4/54.5/35.7

37.1/55/35.2

37.8/55.7/36.8

38.2/NA/NA

38.2/57.1/35.0

37.7/56.7/36.2

Even the Infiniti and Lexus has great legroom for its passengers, while the Mercedes compromises on the headroom with its sloping roofline. The Jaguar XF has upgraded interior for 2019 and is now more spacious than ever before.

Infotainment System

The giant high-definition screen inside the Audi is easy to use and intuitive while driving. Although Apple CarPlay is available as standard, but operating it through the rotary knob often gets tricky. It comes equipped with MMI navigation plus with MMI touch system which is one of a kind. The S4 is equipped with Audi Connect which means it will give you an inbuilt 4G LTE connection. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard for this variant.

2019 Audi S4 Infotainment

Cargo Capacity

At the back of the coupe, the cargo volume is not that great, primarily because of the sloping roofline. However, on the inside, you'd find plenty of cubby holes to put your Starbucks cappuccinos in.

2019 Audi S4 cargo

Model

Audi S4

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.0

12.6

14.3

17.8

15.3

14.9

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2019 Audi S4 Exterior

Audi A4's exterior doesn't push any boundaries, it just reinforces them. The plain sheet metal on the outside is punctuated with sharp lines that define its edges, perhaps more than any other sedan like it. - Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

Unlike the sharp styling creases you'd find on the S5, the S4 is rather tame and civilized, giving it the sleeper status. As for the updates, the S4 has received a larger front grille and more creases on the hood. The generic layout of the sedan resembles the Volkswagen Passat and the Skoda Superb. With the 4-ringed badge upfront, the S4 gets the premium flair accented by the chrome grille and LED daytime running lights.

2019 Audi S4

Model

Audi S4

Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG sedan

Lexus GS 300 sedan

Jaguar XF 25t Premium Sedan

Genesis G80 3.8 sedan

Infiniti Q70 3.7LUXE sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

 3858

3825

3805

3590

4195

3876

Length(in)

 186.8

185

192.1

195.0

196.5

196.1

Width(in)

 72.5

71.3

72.4

78.2

74.4

72.6

Height(in)

 55.3

56.3

57.3

57.4

58.3

59.1

Ground clearance (in)

5.0

N/A

5.1

4.1

5.3

6.0

Wheelbase (in)

111.2

111.8

112.2

116.5

118.5

114.2

Track width (in) F/R

 61.6/60.9

63.1/61.3

62/62.6

61.4/61.8

64.1/65.3

62/61.6

Compared to the Lexus and the Infiniti, the Audi feels much smaller in size and dimensions. Merc and Jaguar are practically the same sizes as the Audi but the Merc gets you bigger passenger room inside. The Jaguar's short stature benefits its maneuverability in tight spaces.

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2019 Audi S4 Safety

2019 Audi S4 Safety and Reliability

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Audi connect CARE Emergency Sos
  • Parking System Plus Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Audi Side Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense rear
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3...
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Audi S4 Competition

Audi S4 vs Mercedes-Benz C43

The Audi S4 is one of the most underrated Audi cars, with a 3.0L inline-6 engine which makes 349 horsepower, compared to the AMG C43 also with a 3.0L V6, making slightly more 384 hp. Compared to the Audi, the Merc has better and comfier interiors, with leather-clad seats and rear that is actually usable. The infotainment on the Audi is leagues ahead of the tiny standard screen in the Merc. In terms of driving dynamics, the C43 is an absolute thrill, unlike the mellowed down Audi.

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Audi S4 vs Lexus GS 300

The Lexus GS 300 is one of the biggest threats to the S4, it gets a massive V6 compared to the Audi, potent enough to compete with the RS4 at the price of the S4. The interior is decked out with premium materials and exotic styling, a departure from the vanilla interiors of the Audi you've been seeing for ages. However, in terms of driving feel, Lexus still can't keep up with the Audi Quattro system.

2019 Lexus GS 300

 

2019 Audi S4 Final Verdict

You better not judge a book by its cover and underestimate the capabilities of the Audi S4. It is powerful enough to compete with other V6s and advanced enough to take on the Mercedes. If you're looking to daily drive a modern-day sleeper, this sedan should be on top of your list, combining practicality with performance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are there any additional packages available? 

No, the car just offers three trims and no additional packages.

Is the S4 a better option than the A4? Why?

Yes, definitely. The S4 features a bigger engine which produces 248 hp along with 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The A4, on the other hand, generates 188 hp along with 236 lb.-ft. of torque. 

Does the S4 have automatic climate control?

Yes, the S4 has an automatic climate control arrangement.