Best Bet
(4.8) 5 reviews
MSRP: $17,660$49,256
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 15-16
Engine: 420-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
2008 Audi RS 4

Our Take on the 2008 Audi RS 4

Our Take

The RS 4 sedan puts Audi in the running for compact �bercar bragging rights. It's a small but hotly contested market: The BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and Cadillac CTS-V each pack a tour de force of engine technology, as well. For 2008, the RS 4 gets two new option packages, and a new RS 4 ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Punishing ride on rough roads
  • Small backseat
  • Poor gas mileage and gas guzzler tax

Notable Features

  • New convertible body style
  • High-revving 420-hp V-8
  • Rear-biased AWD system
  • Adjustable exhaust note
  • Dynamic Ride Control suspension

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Love is always in the air on Valentine's Day, and this year my romance came in the racy form of some hot, sexy muscle. No, this isn't a trashy grocery store novel, it's the Audi RS 4 - a sport sedan built to sweep a girl off her feet. And oh, was I ever swept, even if long-term staying power didn't prove to be one of its many attributes.Just like any romance, this one began ... Read full review for the 2008 Audi RS 4

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Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 5 reviews

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Most fun car to drive

by celticsarethebestinthe WORLD! from Boston, MA on June 19, 2008

Car is perfect for the northeast, all wheel drive 420 hp... it bombs. handles amazing, suspension is nice and tight, corners are a breaze. small backseat is a tiny though, not like porsche but still i... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

12mo/5,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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