2005 Audi S4

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$45,850

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2005 Audi S4

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Exuberant performance
  • Handling
  • Refinement
  • Ride on smooth pavement
  • Seat comfort and support

The bad:

  • Manual-gearbox operation
  • Some driveline whine with manual
  • Wind rush in convertible with top down
  • Fuel economy
  • Backseat legroom

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2005 Audi S4 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 340-hp, 4.2-liter V-8
  • Manual or automatic
  • Quattro AWD
  • Three body styles
  • High-performance capabilities

2005 Audi S4 review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

Nothing like a family car to get your blood pumping. Nothing like the thrill of five on board and a wagon area for storage and loads of cargo room to really get you excited.

A family car with personality?

That’s like a pleasure trip to the dentist.

It’s exactly like the Audi S4 Avant.

Seriously. You might not know what you are missing.

The S4 Avant is a new way to consider the typical family car.

Yes, it is expensive. Audi charges a premium for its S vehicles, and at $46,650, this S4 Avant is no different. We’re in BMW territory here, beyond even the Hemi end of the Dodge Magnum.

But for the enthusiasts who happen to have a couple of kids, could you really go wrong?

Or consider this: The whole idea of having a family car that can really haul down the road – and haul things – is getting a new look from the industry. Family cars need to be safe. But the safest family cars are usually the ones agile enough to outmaneuver dangerous situations and ride low enough they won’t tip in drastic turning situations.

After one week in our 2005 tester, the S4 Avant (you can also order a non-S model) is a driver’s car with an excellent six-speed manual gearbox that will leave you a little breathless.

In a family car? Yup.

In many ways the Avant is a family ride that will accommodate a stroller, six bags of groceries, two buckled car seats and two parents.

It’s more flashy than a minivan, as dynamic as a sports sedan and capable of tight turns in parking lots. And it does not require a ladder to get into.

It arrives with a softer ride than you might expect. There’s no road harshness or too much bumping around. The interior is classy and attractive. Although the sporty, very clean suede seats in our tester probably wouldn’t last too long with two kids and a slushy day.

There is metal and birchwood trim and the uplevel items such as 12-way electronic adjustability in the front seats and comfortable rear bench seats.

Audi even included a little ingenuity, such as a security cover that is attached to the second-row backrest that can be flipped forward to allow for more room.

There’s one noticeable knock: Maximum room. The rear seat legroom is tight for adults and with an infant car seat behind the driver, the front got very cramped, forcing me to move the seat entirely forward.

But if you want to blaze a trail, if you want to be different and if you want to be a different kind of family-car owner, it might not get better.

You might not know what you are missing.

Audi S4 Avant

Vehicle type: All-wheel-drive, front-engine, four-door, five-passenger wagon

Key competition: Dodge Magnum, Subaru Outback, Volvo V70 R

Base engine: 4.2-liter, 340-horsepower V-8

Transmission: Six-speed manual or four-speed automatic

Standard safety equipment: Four-wheel ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution; brake assist; stability control; dual front air bags; dual side air bags; side curtain air bags

MPG rating: 18 city/24 highway

Manufactured: Germany

Warranty: Basic warranty is four years/50,000 miles

Base price: $46,650

Price as tested (including destination and delivery): $46,650

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Most fun you can have for the money

You will get the most comfort, luxury, and performance all in one car for a very decent price. It's a V8 with AWD. What more can you ask for. Keep up with the maintenance and you will have a smile on your face at all times when driving.

5.0

An enjoyable and reliable car to own and drive

My Avant is and has been a complete joy to own. The ride quality is firm but not hard when on the road she is silky smooth. The cabin is so quite and the Bose sound system is so well balanced. Handling is superb, and the V8 in sport mode is a beast and really pulls. The quality and fit and finish of the interior and exterior is top notch. Really is one of the most enjoyable vehicles I've owned.

4.4

What a blast to drive

This car is a blast to drive. This is my 3rd Audi and the S4 cabriolet is awesome. It’s quick (not blistering quick) but it is incredibly smooth weather driving hard into corners or cruising down the highway. I get all kinds of compliments on the car as well.

See all 28 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
300-plus-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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