Audi S4 Prestige: Old Guard Feel In A New Automotive World

The rise of the SUV format has always been attributed to factors like convenience, flexibility and the efficiency it affords the busy family lifestyle.

The latest Audi S4 Prestige evokes quite a different message. Low slung, lean and mean with a blacked out front grille, logo and new matrix LED headlamps, this compact luxury sports sedan screams ready to run wild. Under the tight hood a 3 liter turbo V6, paired with an 8 speed auto trans and signature Audi all-wheel drive, delivers 349 horsepower and 0 – 60 in 4.4 seconds.

Inside the Audi is snug but not tight for the average 6 ft male driver and perhaps even better for women looking for some spirited driving. The leatherish seating, of course quilted with color contrasting stitching throughout and available in two tone combos – is very stylish and supportive. The spare Audi style remains a constant while the center dash horizontally mounted 10.1 inch infotainment screen is central command. However as a maturing model it has notably more buttons than next gen cars.

Base priced at $55,000 the fully equipped Audi S4 rolls in at around princely $68,000.