I think I’ve stumbled upon the best Audi on sale today. Just back from a week away in a brand new Audi S4 Avant, the new-for-2009 one with the supercharged V6 where once nestled a big old V8 lump. And it’s brilliant.
Ok, ok, so the Audi S4 is practical. But it’s an S car! Is it fun too?
You bet. It was the surprising blend of the sensible with the sporty that most impressed me. The seven-speed S tronic box was a case in point. It really suits the S4, wafting us around Norfolk for 90% of the week in slusher mode, then pinging us up and down the ratios with a guillotine-style instant chop up or down the ‘box when we wanted to play.
And that new supercharged V6 is a hell of an engine. You rarely notice it’s supercharged, so subtly does it deliver its 329bhp and 324lb ft. And even fully loaded, the 3.0-litre is capable of warp speeds. It might not feel as fast, but I don’t doubt the S4 will hit 62mph in the claimed 5.4sec.
You hold one of the best Audi steering wheels, a chunky leather affair – and the S4 is pretty nimble on its feet for a 1705kg estate.
Source: Car Magazine