First Place - Audi S4 3.0 TFSI Prestige
The S4 ran away with this comparison test. As great as the other cars are, the Audi is even better. So good in fact, it was even able to overcome a ridiculously high price tag: $13,000 more than the cheapest-in-test Mercedes-Benz and $6,000 more than the second priciest vehicle, the 335i.
The S4 truly does put the sport in sports sedan; everything about this car screams performance.
The 3.0L supercharged V6 is downright amazing. It blows the rest away in terms of power, response and flexibility. The 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission scored highest. No other transmission can match it in responsiveness, delivering quick upshifts when on throttle. But, like Harvey Dent, there is a second personality to this gearbox; switch to comfort mode and the 7-speed acts like a conventional automatic.
PRICEY BUT ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR
Like Garfunkel to Simon, the S4’s chassis is a perfect complement to the supercharged engine. Set the adjustable suspension to dynamic mode and the S4 becomes the most confidence inspiring, sportiest car of the comparison. Most of this can be attributed to the sport differential. It may be an expensive option, but it completely transforms this car. Toss the S4 into a corner and let the diff do the work. Too fast or too slow, the S4 transform a blown corner into a properly carved bend every time.
But just being a great vehicle dynamically won’t win this comparison test, look at where the Cadillac ATS finished. The S4 is the Lex Luger of luxury sport sedans; it’s the total package. The front seats are not only the sportiest of the bunch, but still comfortable, even rivalling BMW for best comfort. The steering wheel was voted best in test thanks to the nice thick rim, squared off bottom and perfectly molded hand placements at the 9 and 3 positions.
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The S4 is also quite the looker. Once again it received top marks in exterior style and Audi seems to have perfected the styling theme dating back to the Jefferson administration. It really puts the cherry on a sporty flavored sundae that is the Audi S4. Trust us when we say it is worth the extra money if you can afford it.
- ENGINE: 3.0 L supercharged V6, 333 hp and 325 lb-ft
- TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual clutch automatic
- FUEL ECONOMY: 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway
- PRICE: Base price – $55,250. As tested price – $59,770