2020 Audi S4 Sedan

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2020 Audi S4 Sedan Review: Cold-Hearted S4VAGE

Quick, capable, comfortable. The Audi S4 is one of those cars that does exactly what it says on the tin. Powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, the all-wheel-drive luxury sports sedan produces 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. As is the trend, no manual gearbox is available, but you do get the ability to manually shift the excellent eight-speed automatic transmission. With a sumptuous leather and Alcantara interior as standard, as well as a number of standard and available luxury features, the S4 is the last car you'll ever need. Or is it? Rivals like the Alfa Romeo Guilia are determined to convince buyers that a car needs soul and passion to be truly great, and as good as the S4 is, it lacks emotion. In terms of cons, that's not the worst thing someone can say about your car, but when rivals also include the BMW M340i and Mercedes-AMG C43, Audi can't afford to rest on its laurels.

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2020 Audi S4 Sedan Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 S4 Sedan?

The most obvious changes for the 2020 model year are aesthetic. A new exterior design that falls in line with the updated language for Audi brings the new S4 into 2020 and allows the connection to other models to shine through. New wheel designs also add some flair, but the powertrain is unchanged from that of the 2019 model. If it ain't broke… On the inside, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system are the most notable highlights.

Pros and Cons

  • Rapid acceleration
  • Incredible grip and cornering ability
  • Supple ride
  • Lavishly appointed interior
  • Supportive seats
  • Numerous standard features
  • So good, it's dull
  • Engine note could be a bit more pervasive
  • Infotainment screen feels a little like an afterthought

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2020 Audi S4 Sedan Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.0T Premium quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$49,900
3.0T Prestige quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$49,900
3.0T Premium Plus quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$49,900
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2020 S4 Sedan Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 186.8 in
  • Wheelbase 111.2 in
  • Height 55.3 in
  • Max Width 72.5 in
  • Front Width 61.6 in
  • Rear Width 60.9 in
  • Curb Weight 3,858.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect +$595
  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic +$595
  • Navarra Blue Metallic +$595
  • Tango Red Metallic +$595
  • Ibis White
  • Quantum Gray
  • Turbo Blue

2020 S4 Sedan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Gone are the days of Audi being the only all-wheel-drive sports sedan. Despite this, the quattro all-wheel-drive system isn't what most people would call engaging. With decades of experience, you may want to flay Audi for not creating a more engaging and fun all-wheel-drive system, but before you disregard the S4 as a vehicle devoid of any emotion, it should be noted that this car is nevertheless the culmination of constant refinement. The result is a car that sticks like glue.

Turn in at speed with your right foot applying pressure to the gas pedal and the S4 whips itself around corners with alarming accuracy and nonchalance. The steering provides a reasonable level of response and the chassis just stays level and eats corners up with ease. When you want to take it slow or need to traverse broken pavement, the S4 is surprisingly compliant, with a ride that could well be mistaken for a far less performance-oriented vehicle. Optionally available is an adaptive damping setup that allows for more firmness when you need to further reduce body roll and more comfort when you want the road to fade beneath you. One aspect of the S4's drive that lets it down slightly is the braking system. Although it's highly responsive and effective, the pedal is a little grabby at lower speeds.

2020 S4 Sedan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 38.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.4 in

2020 S4 Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    13 ft³

2020 S4 Sedan Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Audi S4 Sedan a good car?

The Audi S4 is arguably one of the most underrated vehicles in this segment. Its balance between a composed and comfortable ride and vicious acceleration with physics-defying cornering ability are truly remarkable. In addition, the spacious interior that boasts heated seats with massaging in front as standard is a case study in simplicity and elegance. The S4 doesn't shout about its abilities, and it takes wringing the engine out for you to hear the kinds of noises that likely drew you to fast cars in the first place, but for the individual who wants a sleeper sedan off the showroom floor, there's little that can accelerate like this thing. Coupled with a brilliant chassis that is both sharp and comfortable, and the S4 is a highly attractive option. Add to that an impressively long list of standard features and numerous available options that include a range of wheel designs and interior upholstery finishes, and there is no reason not to buy the brilliant but boring S4. Unless you like having fun.

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2020 Audi S4 Sedan Comparisons

Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan Mercedes-Benz
Audi S5 Sportback
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi S4 Sedan349 hp21/30 mpg$52,400
Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan 402 hpTBC$59,900
Audi S5 Sportback 349 hp21/30 mpg$55,300

2020 Audi S4 Sedan vs Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan

The Mercedes-AMG rivalry with Audi Sport is often overlooked, as most comparisons compare BMW's M division to either of these brands, but these cars are remarkably similar in size and performance. The Merc is the pricier of the two, starting at a base cost of $55,950. It too is powered by a 3.0-liter V6, albeit with two turbochargers, resulting in 385 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque versus 349 and 369 respectively in the Audi. It also offers options like a head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, and a 12.3-inch driver info display, but it lags in the infotainment department where its system is unintuitive and finicky. Yet despite being fitted with an all-wheel-drive system just like in the Audi, the C43 is a much more fun and engaging car, even allowing experienced drivers to kick the tail out thanks to a rearward torque bias. Despite this, we'd give our vote to the Audi. It's more economical, faster, much more modern inside, and is arguably fresher on the outside too. It also isn't marred by bone-shaking suspension like the C43 is. Audi 1, Mercedes 0.

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2020 Audi S4 Sedan vs Audi S5 Sportback

The Audi S5 Sportback is the S4's bigger brother. It's more spacious and practical thanks to a cargo area that features a hatchback type liftgate and at least 21.8 cubic feet of volume, almost 10 more than you get in the S4. Despite being considerably larger, the base price is only $2,000 higher and you get the same engine and drivetrain with the same output. Despite its increased weight, the S5 is just one-tenth sleepier in the sprint from 0-60 mph. Many of the same features and options are available and interior space is surprisingly good, despite the sloping roofline. In terms of appearance, the S4 is a more traditional yet arguably more handsome looking thing, while the S5 appears a little bloated. Nevertheless, for those who are looking for more practicality, the S5 is a good buy. If you don't need the extra space, stick with the cheaper and just as good S4.

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