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Audi A4 SALOON 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]

Audi A4 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]
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Audi A4 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI SE 4dr [Leather/Tech Pack]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG48.70
  • 0-62mph8.6 secs
  • Top Speed139 mph
  • C02132 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque199 lbs/f
  • P11D30%

Review

With the continued popularity of diesels, you might wonder what the point of Audi's S4 is. After all, who wants a thirsty petrol V6 when the V6 diesel has 272PS? Still, economy is better than ever, while the S4 is now capable of 0-62mph in less than 5 seconds. That's reason enough for us.

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The fifth generation Audi A4 offers potent performance in S4 guise. As with all previous versions, this is a saloon (or estate) that doesn't shout about its speed, despite it being faster than ever. The experts at Car and Driving check it out.

Background

The S4 has been a fixture in Audi's range since 1991 and has largely followed the same formula. Sure, engine-wise, it might have been offered with (in order of appearance) a turbocharged in-line five, a V8, a twin turbo V6, another V8 and a supercharged V6, but all have been mounted up front with power sent to all four wheels. All have also been available as a saloon or Avant (estate) guise too. The main thing that all S4 models have shared is discreetness. Unlike some rivals, this Audi has never shouted about the level of performance it offers. There might be extra exhaust pipes, subtle badging and some attractive alloy wheels but Audi have always avoided bulging arches, vents and in your face body kits - there's the RS4 for that. And so we come to this current generation model, a car that returns to the turbocharged V6 format but offers more power than ever. How does it stack up to its predecessors?

Driving Experience

While it may seem like Audi have simply replaced the supercharger of the previous model's V6 with a turbo, the 3.0 TFSI unit is in fact all new. The lightweight motor churns out 354PS, 10PS more than the throbbing 4.2-litre V8 that was once fitted to the S4. Being turbocharged, there's plenty of torque this time round too; 500Nm to be precise. While you might expect this to be coupled to one of Audi's dual-clutch semi-automatic gearboxes, there is in fact an eight speed Tiptronic unit. Despite this older style of gearbox, a reduction in weight helps this become the fastest S4 ever. 0-62mph is dispatched in an exceedingly rapid 4.7 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 155mph as you would expect. Unlike some of its older brothers, this latest S4 should prove to be fun when the road gets twisty too. Under normal conditions, the centre differential channels 60% of the engine's torque rearwards. This can be as much as 85% or as little as 30% should slippage be detected. Handling prowess can be further enhanced with an optional sports rear differential that can actively shuffle torque between the rear wheels as well.

Design and Build

Like the regular A4, the S4 is based on Audi's latest 'MLB' platform that uses a combination of high strength steels and aluminium to reduce weight. This is down to 1,630kg for a standard S4 saloon, despite the car being marginally longer and wider, if not taller. Indeed, the S4 has sports suspension that makes it 23mm closer to the ground than a normal A4. To look at this model externally, you'd be hard pushed to know how potent the S4 is. There are the now traditional aluminium-look mirror housings, four exhaust tips, a subtle lip on the boot lid, plus S4 specific front and rear bumpers. Unlike the exterior which is very much an evolution of the previous generation of S4, the interior is a lot more avant garde. There's a flat bottomed S4 badged steering wheel, matt brushed aluminium inlays for various trim pieces and predominantly black fabrics and trim everywhere else. There are 'S' sports seats in Nappa leather and Alcantara that not only hold the driver tighter than a regular seat, they also have a massage function too. There is of course plenty of room for five passengers inside, while the 480-litre boot (505-litre in the Avant) should take a fair amount of luggage too.

Market and Model

You'll need a £46,000 budget for your S4. That prices the car in direct competition with the BMW 340i. If that's an agreeable figure, the first question you need to ask yourself is whether you prefer your Teutonic express as either a saloon or estate. While the saloon may be a little lighter, if you're going for subtle speed, an estate seems the obvious choice. For your money, you get S sport suspension, 18" wheels, S-specific styling cues inside and out including model specific bumpers, plus leather and Alcantara sports seats inside. As with any Audi, it's all too easy to bump the price up by a five figure sum if you option stuff like the 19" wheels, sports rear differential, head up display and the Audi virtual cockpit. At least you shouldn't have to pay out for additional safety features. On top of everything we've come to expect, there's adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist so the car almost drives itself up to 40mph. For when you are in full control, there's park assist, a cross traffic warning, plus autonomous braking.

Cost of Ownership

Especially when compared to the old 4.2-litre V8 variants, this turbocharged V6 S4 may not be as expensive to run as you may expect. Yes, the V6 diesel is cheaper still and we're not even going to bring the four cylinder models into the equation, but the S4 isn't much worse than some hot hatches. Combined fuel consumption is 38.2mpg, with carbon emissions at 170g/km. Naturally, those figures will get significantly worse if you start to explore the performance on offer. Something else to be wary of is loading the car full of options. Big petrol engines aren't great for resale in this country anyway, so don't make things worse by ticking loads of boxes on the spec sheet. While it might seem worthwhile at the time, it's unlikely the next buyer will pay extra for a lot of the equipment unless it's the sport differential or maybe the adaptive damping. The warranty is for three years or 60,000 miles. However, this can be extended for a fee.

Summary

The Audi S4 has always been the grown-up choice for people after a performance saloon; the choice for those not wishing to scream about what their car can do. While it may not be capable of big, smoky drifts, it'll be fast point-to-point no matter what the road surface is like or what the weather is doing. That will appeal to many people out there. The trouble is that there is competition from within the A4 range. With the most powerful diesel churning out 272PS yet still capable of 54.3mpg on the combined cycle, you really have to want the fastest non-RS version of the A4 - or just hate diesel. The fuel consumption is about the only concern we'd have though. As a sensible yet quick and capable transport for five people, the S4 is tough to beat.

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Driver Convenience
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
7" Colour driver information system
Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
Audi drive select
Audi phone box with wireless charging
Audi Pre sense collision avoidance
Bluetooth interface
Cruise control + speed limiter
Driver information centre
Electric boot release
MMI SD card Navigation
Service interval indicator
Stop/start button
Voice control system
Entertainment
8 loudspeakers
2 USB interfaces and Aux-In jack
DAB digital radio module
Exterior Features
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Solid paint
Towbar preparation
Xenon headlights with LED Daytime running light
Acoustic windscreen
Air inlets in titanium black
Aluminium window trim
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlights + automatic windscreen wipers
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrors
Chrome door handles
Chrome rolled exhaust
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Headlight range control
High gloss black triangular aperture at rear door
LED indicators in door mirrors
Rain and light sensors
Rear diffuser design trapezoidal tailpipe
Titan black radiator grille with chrome inlay
Interior Features
Manual seat adjustment
Rear centre armrest
Titanium grey cloth headlining
3 Spoke leather multi function steering wheel
3 zone climate control
40/20/40 split folding rear seats with rear centre armrest
Aluminium door sill trims
Front centre armrest
Front headrests
Front/rear floor mats
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel with full size airbag
Interior light
Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger/outer rear seats inc passenger airbag deactivation
Jack and tool kit
Luggage compartment carpet
Rear headrests
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Top tether anchor plate for isofix child seat
Twin leather/artificial leather upholstery
Safety
Hill hold control
3 point rear seatbelts x3
Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags
Electromechanical parking brake
Electromechanical power steering
Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
Front head airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
Front side airbags
Multi-Collision braking
Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
Seatbelt warning
Traction control
Tyre pressure warning
Variable restraint system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Trim
Aluminium ellipse silver inlays
MMI radio plus with smartphone interface
Wheels
17" 5 parallel spoke design alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Packs
High gloss pack - A4
Non Smokers pack
Security
Anti theft alarm
Keyless Start
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser
Technical
54 Litre Fuel Tank
Comfort dynamic suspension
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 132
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1984
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 48.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 58.9
EC Urban (mpg) 37.2
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 150
Coin Description TFSI
Coin Series SE [leather/tech]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 19E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 9000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.6
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 3900
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 199
Engine Torque - MKG 27.5
Engine Torque - NM 270
Engine Torque - RPM 1350
Top Speed 139
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/50 R17
Tyre Size Rear 225/50 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 PARALLEL SPOKE
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1427
Length 4738
Wheelbase 2820
Width (including mirrors) 2022
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 54
Gross Vehicle Weight 2000
Max. Loading Weight 590
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 740
Minimum Kerbweight 1410
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £473.99 p/m £20.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £527.99 p/m £46.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £567.99 p/m £63.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £407.99 p/m £18.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £436.99 p/m £48.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £463.99 p/m £86.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £359.99 p/m £30.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £387.99 p/m £60.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £409.99 p/m £103.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £567.99 p/m £24.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £632.99 p/m £56.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £680.99 p/m £76.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £488.99 p/m £22.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £524.99 p/m £58.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £556.99 p/m £103.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £431.99 p/m £36.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £464.99 p/m £72.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £491.99 p/m £123.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £199 inc vat£165.83+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Audi side assist + pre sense rear £775.00
Head up Display £900.00
Rear view camera £450.00
Exterior Features
Deletion of engine designation at rear FOC
Deletion of model + engine designation at rear FOC
Electric folding auto dimming door mirrors with memory £125.00
Electric slide and tilt sunroof £950.00
High beam assistant £150.00
LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators £1,050.00
Metallic paint £675.00
Privacy glass with front acoustic glazing £450.00
Towing equipment - swivelling, manual £900.00
Interior Features
4 way electric lumbar support £250.00
Electrically adjustable front seats - driver seat with memory £950.00
Heated front seats £300.00
Packs
Comfort and sound pack - A4 £1,295.00
Parking assistance advanced pack - A4/S4 £1,350.00
Storage pack - A4/S4 £175.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Floret silver £675.00
Metallic - Glacier white £675.00
Metallic - Manhattan grey £675.00
Metallic - Matador red £675.00
Metallic - Monsoon grey £675.00
Metallic - Mythos black £675.00
Metallic - Navarra blue £675.00
Metallic - Tango red £675.00
Solid - Brilliant black FOC
Solid - Ibis white FOC
Safety
Rear side airbags £350.00
Trim
Piano black finish inlay £200.00
Twin leather - Atlas beige with granite grey dashboard and atlas beige grey headlining FOC
Twin leather - Black FOC
Twin leather - Nougat brown FOC
Twin leather - Rock grey with Titanium grey headlining and Granite/Rock grey dashboard FOC
Wheels
17" 10 spoke crystal design alloy wheels £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated