2022 Audi S4

MSRP $51,545

Ranked #2 in Compact Sedan

7.3

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2022 Audi S4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Audi S series has always been the executive sedans with some added punch and power and the S4 is the entry-level to that special category. It provides some extra luxury and features over the already luxurious A4 while being more powerful and better handling. It is intended for someone who wants to drive fast and enjoy their drives while being not flashy or while not making much noise and seeking no attention. The 2021 Audi S4 has also been exactly like it’s expected from an S car. It delivered an impressive performance that could hold up to its competitors that include the BMW M340i, Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Sedan, and the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport Sedan. 

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Pros

Superb transmission

Powerful and great-handling 

Standard Quattro AWD

Spacious and luxurious interior 

Cons

Lacks interior storage space

What's New?

Standard Carbon Atlas interior inlays

No other significant changes for 2022


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$51545

bodystyle

dr Sedan

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Premium$51,545 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Audi S4 in Glacier White Metallic color
Glacier White Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


Among these, the BMW and the Infiniti definitely look like outright performance sedans and they also scream like they are meant to do so. Whereas the S4 and the Merc are more subtle and silent while being as powerful or even more than the rivals. The 2022 S4 is mostly a carryover model and comes with the same powertrain and trim lines. The pricing is expected to have a slight bump and the interior will now feature a carbon fiber interior trim which was an optional feature in the 2021 version. Now let’s explore the different aspects of the 2022 Audi S4 and compare it to its rivals.

2022 Audi S4 Sedan front angle view
2022 Audi S4 Sedan rear angle view

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Audi S4 Features

The 2022 Audi S4 is expected to arrive in the same three trim lines as the 2021 model. The trims would be named in the signature Audi fashion i.e Premium for the base trim, Premium Plus for the mid-level variant, and the top-most variant is named Prestige. Pricing is expected to start at around $51,545 for the Premium trim whereas the Premium Plus trim would be priced at $55,145. The top-end Prestige trim would likely start at around $59,845. The following table shows the detailed differences in features between each trim-

Trims

Premium 

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP

$51,545

$55,145

$59,845

Key Features

Matrix-design LED headlights

Audi virtual cockpit (12.3” LCD digital instrument cluster)

Animation for headlights and taillights

 

MMI® touch display with 10.1” center screen

Audi adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist and Audi active lane assist

Head-up display

 

Lane departure warning

A top view camera system

Park assist

 

Audi smartphone interface with wireless Apple CarPlay

Audi phone box (wireless charger and signal booster)

Audi MMI Navigation plus with Audi connect PRIME & PLUS (six-month trial subscription)

 

Leather/Alcantara seats with diamond stitching

Convenience package

Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound

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The Premium Plus trim along with the Black Optic Package that adds the 19-inch 5-V-spoke-star design titanium finish wheels would be the best option according to price and aesthetics. It is the mid-level trim and it comes with a lot of extra features over the base Premium trim. The B&O sound system in the highest Prestige trim can also be added to this trim by paying $999 extra. Overall it is the best option in the Audi S4 lineup.

Release Date

The 2022 Audi S4 is expected to launch by the end of 2021. However, there hasn’t been any confirmation from the side of the manufacturer about a specific date or month.

2022 Audi S4 Engine and Performance

The Audi S4 will be powered by a 3.0 L turbocharged V6 in the 2021 version coupled with 8-speed automatic transmission. It puts out a healthy 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of maximum power and torque which is a major upgrade over the A4 models. The S4 features the Audi Quattro AWD as standard which provides extra grip, stability, and traction. The car blasts to 60mph in a short time of 4.3 seconds and crosses a quarter of a mile in 12.8 seconds whereas the S4 is electronically limited to a top speed of 155mph.

2022 Audi S4 Sedan in action mode

The handling of the car is also another strength of the S4 just like its power outputs and acceleration. Whether it be around the twisties or in straight-line runs, the S4 is a stable and confidence-inspiring vehicle that responds amazingly to inputs. The S4 is also easy to drive in while also being comfortable on long highway cruises. The suspension setup is comfortable but opting for the available adaptive suspension setup will increase ride comfort very much and handling a little. 

Models

2022 Audi S4 Premium Plus

2021 BMW M340i

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic Sedan

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

MSRP

$55,145

$56,000

$56,000

$55,850

Engine

3.0 L turbocharged V-6

3.0 L turbocharged inline-6

3.0 L twin-turbo V-6

3.0 L twin-turbo V-6

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD/AWD

AWD

RWD?AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

349 hp @ 5,400 rpm*

382 hp @ 5,800 rpm

385 hp @ 6,100 rpm

400 hp @ 6,400 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm*

368 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

384 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

350 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

4.3*

4.4

3.9

4.5

Quarter Mile (sec)

12.8*

12.9

12.4

13.0

Top Speed (mph)

155

155

155

155

*2021 data used
As the table shows the Infiniti is the most powerful but the Mercedes which stands in second place is the fastest. The Mercedes and the BMW are the best-handling sedans in this comparison. Not that the S4 is bad, but it’s just a tad bit below the Merc and Bimmer, especially in terms of braking control. And when Infiniti is considered, even while being the most powerful, it is also the most disappointing machine among them. Its handling is bad and the same is the case with braking.

2022 Audi S4 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The S4 delivers respectable efficiency figures considering the fact that it is a performance-sedan. It delivers an efficiency of 21 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway, and 24 mpg of combined fuel economy. The fuel tank capacity of the S4 is on the lower side, but since the mileage is pretty good the car provides a sufficient combined range of 365 miles. The efficiency and the range are on par with other performance-oriented vehicles in the segment. 

Models

2022 Audi S4 Premium Plus

2021 BMW M340i

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic Sedan

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

MPG (City)

21*

23

18

20

MPG (Highway)

30*

32

27

26

MPG (Combined)

24*

26

21

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.2*

15.6

17.4

20.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

319/456/365*

358/499/405

313/470/365

400/520/440

*2021 data used
As in many other comparisons in the past as well as present, the BMW is the best performer here also in terms of fuel efficiency. The Infiniti however, with its bigger tank, manages to deliver the best range even though it has lower efficiency figures. The S4 is also a good performer in terms of efficiency while the Mercedes significantly lags behind. The increased speed and faster timings of the Mercedes sure take a toll on the efficiency of the car.

2022 Audi S4 Interior

9.0/10

The Audi S4 features an elegant and luxurious cabin with plush elements and materials all around the cabin. The brushed aluminum inlays everywhere on the interior of the cabin have now been replaced by Carbon Atlas inlays as standard now which was an option costing $500 in the 2021 model year version. The front seats in the S4 are twelve-way power S sport seats that are available in two standard color combinations which are Black with Rock Gray stitching and Rotor Gray with Anthracite stitching while there are four other available options also.

2022 Audi S4 Sedan cockpit area

The interior also features three-zone climate control as standard while interior ambient lighting is an optional feature. When it comes to space the S4 is adequately spacious, providing enough space for the driver and front passenger. The driver seat is very comfortable and adjustable, holding the driver in the right place while the adjustable steering is exceptional. The rear row space is also quite good, but taller occupants might feel a bit cramped. The cargo space in the S4 is not the best in class but it is certainly a usable cargo area measuring 12.0 cu-ft.

2022 Audi S4 Sedan front seats

Models

2022 Audi S4 Premium Plus

2021 BMW M340i

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic Sedan

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

Seating Capacity

5*

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.3/55.9/41.3*

38.7/56.0/42.0

37.1/55.3/41.7

39.5/56.7/44.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.4/54.5/35.7*

37.6/54.6/35.2

37.1/55.0/35.2

36.8/56.1/35.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

12.0*

13.0

12.6

13.5

*2021 data used
The cabin is updated and luxurious in the Audi, Mercedes as well as BMW but the Infiniti seriously needs an update. The space on the inside is also on par with each other between the trio. But it is the Infiniti that dominates in terms of space and it comes with a significantly increased front legroom and also the best cargo space. The cargo area is where the S4 lags behind all of the competition, offering the least amount.

  • Three-zone climate control
  • Different seat color options
  • Twelve-way power front S sport seats
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Interior lighting plus package with 30 color choices
  • Standard Carbon Atlas inlays
  • Optional Nappa leather seats

How intuitive is the 2022 Audi S4’s infotainment unit?

The main infotainment unit is a 10.1-inch touchscreen unit with haptic feedback and an interface inspired by smartphones. The infotainment unit also comes with voice control functionality. Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system with 19 speakers, a 16-channel amplifier, and 755 watts of power that costs $999 extra in the lower trims and is a standard feature in the Prestige trim. The S4 also features a 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit instrument cluster which changes layout according to the mode selected. Other important infotainment features include- 

  • 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit digital cluster
  • Audi MMI touch display system with a 10.1-inch infotainment screen
  • Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Heads-up display
  • Navigation System

2022 Audi S4 Exterior

8.0/10

The 2022 S4 would remain the same as the 2021 version in terms of design and overall exterior looks. The S4 is the perfect blend of elegance, classiness, sportiness, and aggression. The S4 is the perfect executive sporty sedan when it comes to design language. The exterior features sharp lines and sleek slopes. The matrix design all-LED headlamps in the S4, the signature Singleframe grille and the S4 badging dominate and make up the front end of the car. The side profile is typical Audi whereas the rear-end features twin double exhaust tips and LED tail lamps.

The 2022 S4 would be available in three free-of-cost paint options which are Ibis White, Quantum Gray, and Turbo Blue, and five paid color options along with Audi exclusive paint colors which cost a whopping $3,900. The wheel options include 18-inch ones which are standard along with two distinct 19-inch wheels available, one of them part of the Black Optic Package and looks awesome. Overall the 2022 Audi S4 would be a beautiful looking sedan and it would mostly remain the same while some new color options may be introduced.

Models

2022 Audi S4 Premium Plus

2021 BMW M340i

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic Sedan

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

Curb Weight (lbs)

3847*

3876

3825

3855

Length (inches)

187.5*

185.7

185.0

189.6

Width (inches)

72.7*

71.9

71.3

71.8

Height (inches)

56.2*

56.4

56.3

56.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.0*

5.4

3.5

4.8

Wheelbase (inches)

111.0*

112.2

111.8

112.2

*2021 data used
All of the cars in the competition look beautiful and the choice can be made according to individual perception. The BMW offers the most practicality delivering the best ground clearance whereas the Mercedes has the lowest. The Infiniti is the longest and highest and that shows the increased legroom it provides in the front row. The S4 definitely holds up in terms of exterior beauty and certainly is an updated and beautiful sedan.

  • Standard 18" 5-Y-spoke design wheels
  • Available 19" 5-arm-torsion design wheels
  • Audi Sport 19-inch 5-V-spoke-star design titanium finish wheels (Black Optic Package)
  • Red brake calipers (S sport package)
  • Sport adaptive damping suspension (S sport package)
  • Signature Singleframe grille
  • LED taillights with dynamic rear turn indicators

2022 Audi S4 Safety

9.0/10

The Audi S4 is built using lightweight construction technology with multi-material body construction that uses steel and aluminum composition for construction. The S4 like any luxurious Audi comes with the Audi pre-sense safety suite in order to keep the occupants safe all the time. The 2021 S4 has not been rated by NHTSA or IIHS but still, the S4 is a super safe vehicle. It comes with a plethora of safety features including the following-

  • Audi pre sense basic and city
  • Park Assist
  • A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Audi adaptive cruise assist with Traffic Jam Assist and turn Assist
  • A top view camera system

2022 Audi S4 Competition

6.0/10

2022 Audi S4 vs 2021 BMW M340i

The BMW M340i and the Audi S4 are both on the same turf in terms of power outputs, speed, and interior space. But there are differences that make both of them stand out. The Audi is the more subtle-looking one and is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Whereas the BMW is a better-handling sedan offering more fuel efficiency.

2021 BMW M340i

2022 Audi S4 vs Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Sedan

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is more powerful, faster, and better handling than the Audi S4. However, the Audi is also a powerful, great-handling machine offering improved fuel efficiency. However, both of them are on par with each other in terms of luxury and interior space as well as exterior beauty.

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Sedan

2022 Audi S4 vs Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

The Audi S4 definitely dominates the Red Sport 400 in all matters except for interior space. Whether it be luxury or the latest updated features, the S4 is the better one. The Infiniti does have more front legroom but otherwise, you’ll be better off with the Audi. 

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

 

2022 Audi S4 Final Verdict

It’s a superb choice in the segment. The S4 as mentioned earlier is an optimum, balanced choice between luxury, elegance, and sportiness. It has a powerful engine with great power outputs combined with an updated and luxurious interior. The price is also on par with the best options in the segment. So that makes the 2022 Audi S4 a superb option.