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2012 Audi S4

2012 Audi S4

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$11,691 — $23,143 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2012 Audi S4 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Audi S4
  • 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6
  • All-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic
  • Sedan body style

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2012 Audi S4 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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

Interior
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 back...

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.

Exterior
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

Interior
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

Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.6
20 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Amazing in the winter easily tuned

by Gds from Quebec on July 8, 2020

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 ... Read full review

(3.0)

Expensive to maintain

by Mr.Tommy from Romulus, Mi. on May 17, 2020

It’s a nice vehicle until you need required transmission service and oil changes better have deep pockets.. My transmission went bad 10k miles into my ownership its 8 months needs a 8k transmission ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Audi S4 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Audi S4 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    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/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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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S4 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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