2012 Audi S4

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2012 Audi S4
2012 Audi S4

Key specs

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The good:

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

The bad:

  • Limited-slip rear differential not standard
  • Gas mileage
  • No Avant wagon version offered

2 trims

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Notable features

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

2012 Audi S4 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat S4 is a performance version of the A4. It is offered only as a sedan, while the A4 (covered separately in the Cars.com Research section) comes as a sedan and an Avant wagon. The S4 competes with the BMW M3 and Lexus IS-F.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Like earlier S4 models, the styling differs from the A4’s, but it isn’t overdone. The casual observer wouldn’t know it’s the performance variant. It has different bumpers and a different grille, a trunk lid with an integrated spoiler, LED taillights 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 the S4 has four tailpipes. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch wheels on Premium Plus model
  • 19-inch wheels on Prestige model
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Auto-dimming, heated side mirrors

The S4 is distinguished by contoured 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
  • Standard leather and Alcantara upholstery
  • Optional Silk Nappa leather upholstery
  • Optional navigation system and backup camera
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Standard iPod integration

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 fast gear changes. It has an automatic mode and can also be shifted manually using paddles on the steering wheel. Mechanical features include:

  • 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
  • Optional Audi drive select system

Along with the required front 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. Other safety features include:

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


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


Great fun car

Great car and fun to drive. Also has kept up with newer car standards somewhat and does not truly seem or feel like an 8 year old car. However I am ready for an upgrade. Overall fast cool fun car and pretty reliable for the most part.


Best all-around everyday car I've ever driven

The Audi S4 is the total package! Great fun, super quick, head turner, fuel efficient and totally reliable. I drove this car with my friends and, no joke, I know 7 people who purchased an S4 after they drove mine. It's THAT great.


Amazing in the winter easily tuned

June 2020. Owned the car for almost three years now. Bought my S4 2012 at about 80k from Lauzon Audi in Laval and they gave me an amazing service so far. Now around 112K and this car is amazing in general. Very solid and great sense of security. I find the car very comfortable and so far very reliable. The S4 seats offer great lateral support and i find them very comfortable. (6f / 155lbs). I love the quick boost you get from the supercharger combined with this V6. Mine has a DSG/ Automatic transmission and it feels appropriate for this kind of power. Not a fan of automatic trans but very cool when combined with this power plant. It’s a bit nose heavy and has significant understeer when cornering. It’s feels like a heavy car due to many factors including engine placement and Quattro transmission. The version equipped with the sport differential can potentially help in corners if you are looking for more performance in these situations. Will help turn the car. It bought it tuned with a stage 1+ and it delivers about 400hp+ and around 375 lbs of torque. The manufacturer will not cover the extended warranty that would usually apply on non modified S4 but it’s a trade off that I was willing to make when I bought it! Only using 94 Octane as requested after this tune/ ECU flash. Things to watch: The defroster/vent in the front is very narrow and ice builds up easily when the car is exposed to freezing rain especially when driving on the highway. The heater is not very hot and the A/C is not very cold. Maybe maintenance is needed on the A/C after 9 years of existence. This V6 engine has carbon build up and could potentially need an extensive clean up. I did not get this problem yet but I know they exist. Many videos on YouTube. One of the extended warranty issued by Audi is the secondary air flow carbon build up. An oxygen sensor that needs to be cleaned by Audi. (Code P0411) If the one you are buying is tuned, this 1000$+ operation is not covered by the Audi’s extended warranty. Nothing major but your engine light will pop. Mine comes on and comes off by itself Watch for paint falling off around lower part front fenders towards the door hinges. The B8 and B8.5 do not have plastic trims to protect the narrow portion of the fender parallel to the tire. I have found at Audi a part that fitted and was installed with 2 self taping screws “custom” to protect the fresh paint. I was using S5 alloy wheels one winter and it really didn’t help since the bore center of these wheel are not the same as S4 wheels, extruding the wheels a little further towards the edge of the fender. My brakes (even if new and installed OEM rotors and pads) always felt a bit too weak for me. I owned a few VW GTI and the brake feeling is quite the opposite. DSG Transmission oil change is not cheap and needs to be done every 60K... Other than that no problem so far. The car is solid, it launches like a rocket on pavement or in the snow. I’m no expert but I have learned a few things about the Audi S4 B8.5 since I bought it! I’m satisfied with the car in general and I’m willing to invest the money to keep this car maintained properly. I believe that it’s a commitment that S4 owners have to make in order to be happy with the cost related to driving such a car. If you find a clean one that has been loved and that you are willing to invest and get a lot of comfort and performance in return, you will be happy.

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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
Dealer certification required
300-plus-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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