WHEN IT COMES TO CARS, THERE IS NOTHING ON THIS EARTH LIKE GERMAN ENGINEERING. CASE IN POINT: THE 2015 AUDI S4 By Mark Keast
One word that always comes to mind when getting behind the wheel of an Audi car: consistency. That’s the word that bounced through my brain the week in April where we drove the 2015 Audi S4 3.0 TFSI Quattro Technik.
We love the Audi line for many reasons, but consistency when talking about performance, especially through the streets of Canada’s bigger cities, and just the overall look and feel – how an Audi makes you feel while driving one – is what we always come back to. Several times during my week, I had people asking me about the car: what year it was, how much they loved the contours of the exterior, even the rims, and if it was OK if they had a quick peak inside at the interior.
From the Audi head office in Ajax, Ont., to a side street then out to Highway 401, this time our road trip was about everyday living, in and outside the downtown Toronto core. Ranking an automobile like this against other luxe cars in its class is splitting hairs. Just sit back and enjoy the experience.
TOP 5 REASONS WE LOVED THE CAR:
The supercharged 6-cylinder engine has an impressive output of 333 hp and uses intelligent TFSI technology. The engine allows for a dynamic driving style, across the entire speed range, supported by the S sports suspension. This is all the more noticeable since you are driving a 4-door sedan.
Another game-changer for us: sporty design of the exterior, especially the cockpit, featuring the special S instrument cluster with grey dials, white needles, and S4 logo on the rev counter that shouts out to bring the V6 power pack to life. Sitting down behind the wheel, the first thing you’ll notice is the impact of the ergonomically shaped S sports seat (optional) and firm support it provides.
All the useful information you need sits via a large display in the instrument cluster: current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, current speed, traveling time, maps in both 2D or 3D view (drivers can find points of interest and enter destinations via the MMI controls). Enter the destination hands-free via voice recognition. The car’s Navigation Package includes HDD Navigation System, DVD Player, Speech Dialogue System, and HD Radio
Try 180 watts of power with 10 total speakers, including two in each door, a subwoofer above the rear seat, and a centre fill speaker.
Elegant yet strong – precise lines of the car’s exterior combine with pearl effect paint to give off a brilliance, while the S-specific dual-branch exhaust system (each with two oval tailpipe trims) and the S diffuser with blade-in aluminum look makes the car look muscular. The rear line really defines the car.
The Audi S4 starts at $55,200.