2011 Audi S4

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

185.7” x 56.2”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Tasteful, subtle styling
  • Interior quality
  • Trunk space
  • Premium stereo

The bad:

  • Limited-slip rear differential not standard
  • Winter tires an added expense
  • Gas mileage
  • Premium gas required
  • No Avant wagon version offered

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6
  • All-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic
  • Sedan body style

2011 Audi S4 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The S4 is a performance version of the A4. It is offered only as a sedan, while the A4 (covered separately in the Research section) comes as a sedan and an Avant wagon. The S4 competes with the BMW M3, Cadillac CTS-V, Lexus IS-F and Mercedes C63 AMG.

New for 2011
Changes are minimal and include adding HD radio to the optional navigation system. The Prestige model gets a standard backup camera and rear parking sensors, and Side Assist is now a stand-alone option.

Like earlier S4 models, the styling differs from the A4’s styling, but it isn’t overdone. The casual observer wouldn’t know it’s the performance variant. It has different bumpers and a different front grille, a trunklid with an integrated spoiler, LED taillights, aluminum mirrors and 18-inch wheels with performance tires. The brake calipers carry the S4 logo. Metallic “aluminum-optic” accents appear as front and rear diffuser blades and side mirrors, and the S4 has four tailpipes. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch wheels on Premium Plus model
  • 19-inch wheels on Prestige model
  • Auto-dimming, heated side mirrors

The S4 is distinguished by sport seats and numerous elements not found in the A4, such as a black headliner, brushed aluminum trim and a choice of carbon fiber, wood or stainless steel. S4 badges adorn the steering wheel, doorsills, gauge cluster and remote transmitter. Interior features include:

  • Keyless entry and engine start
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Optional navigation system with backup camera
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen premium stereo

Under the Hood
The S4’s engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 333 horsepower and 325 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options are a six-speed manual and seven-speed automated manual, the latter equipped with dual clutches for lightning-fast gear changes. It has an automatic mode and can also be shifted manually using paddles on the steering wheel.

  • Supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 333 hp
  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard Quattro all-wheel drive with a 40/60 percent front/rear torque distribution
  • Optional QuattroSport mechanical rear differential

Along with the required frontal airbags come side curtain airbags that protect front and rear occupants. The front seats have torso airbags, and they can be added to the rear seats as an option. Also standard are:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


So much fun

This car is amazing, from when you take off to when you slam on the brakes. It is so much fun to drive. It is not terribly unreliable for an Audi and have not had any major issues yet.


Pure driving pleasure

When you want comfort and a smooth drive, you get it in the Audi S4. When you want superior handling and instant acceleration, you get oodles of that too with the S4. This car was a pleasure to drive for 6 years. It brought a smile to my face after a long day's work when I got to drive home in it! My only gripe is that Audi maintenance is really expensive (for eg, $ 150 for alignment ) and Audi dealerships around MA can't be trusted to give you reliable advice for your car.


Most reliable car we ever owned

One of the best sport car in the market. Very powerful and extremely comfortable. AWD system is very reliable. This car is both fun and very reliable

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Based on the 2011 Audi S4 base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year or 20,000 miles (whichever occurs first)
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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