Poll: Ford Fusion Sport or Audi S4?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

In today’s internet popularity contest, we’re pitting two sedans against each other. Despite being manufactured by completely different automakers and occupying dissimilar pricing brackets these two models share a surprising number of similarities.

Which performance-focused four-door would you rather park in your driveway, the brand-new EcoBoosted Ford Fusion Sport, or the magnificent Audi S4? Let’s run down the basics of each so you can make an informed choice.

Starting with the German, it features a 3.0-liter supercharged gasoline V6 that delivers 333 horses along with 325 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual or seven-ratio S tronic automatic are your transmission choices, and we’d GLADLY pick the former as it’s an absolute pleasure to use. But no matter which one of these you go with, the S4 is estimated to hit 60 miles an hour in a sprightly 4.9 seconds.

Helping deliver this impressive acceleration is Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system. This technology also helps the car maintain its footing in even the sloppiest of road conditions.

As for the blue-oval offering, Ford’s Fusion Sport is motivated by a smaller 2.7-liter six-cylinder. In lieu of a belt-driven blower it brandishes twin turbochargers to great effect. Horsepower measures 325, a little less than what the S4 provides, but it more than makes up for this deficit with abundance torque, delivering an impressive 380 lb-ft of twist. Dearborn doesn’t list a zero-to-60 time but we’d bet it’s damn close to the Audi’s.

A heavy-duty six-speed autobox is the only transmission offered in this car. All-wheel drive is standard, though it’s likely less sophisticated than what’s found in the S4. Separating the Sport from lesser Fusions are things like unique suspension tuning, gummier tires, 19-inch wheels and automatically adjusting dampers.

When it comes to pricing, the Audi S4 kicks off around $50,000 but all it takes to drive home in a brand-new 2017 Ford Fusion Sport is about 35 grand.

All things considered, these are both compelling products, but which one would YOU rather own? Compare them back to back right here and please, make sure to vote in the poll down below!

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • I Work at Audi I Work at Audi on Oct 26, 2016

    Audi skipped a year with the North American S4, there is no 2017. The 2018 is all new and has a twin turbo 3.0 making 354 HP and 370 TQ. Please know the manufacturer offerings before comparing German performance to a Fusion "Sport". I'd be willing to bet greater than a second separates the run to 60...

  • Smartacus Smartacus on Oct 28, 2016

    can i punt and say M240i xDrive?