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Audi S4 B8: Buying guide and review (2009-2016)

Audi S4 B8: Buying guide and review (2009-2016) Classic and Performance Car
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The Audi S4 range has sat at the top of the A4-range tree since its inception in the early 1990s, excluding the rather more hardcore RS4 models, which made an appearance in 1999. This made the S4 the much more affordable, and somewhat more sensible performance version, but it’s unfair to dismiss it altogether. 
 
If you like your performance car understated and very subtle looking, then any S4 is difficult to beat. Combining the Quattro running gear with powerful engines makes them the ultimate unassuming all-weather sports car. With the introduction of the B8 S4 in 2009, increased focus on fuel efficiency and emissions meant that motive power for the newcomer was provided by a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 instead of the charismatic but ageing naturally aspirated V8 from the previous generation. 
 
Performance was up, emissions were down and in real world driving conditions there was not much else in the premium executive sector that could match it, especially when the roads got slippery.
 
As a second-hand purchase today the B8 S4 still presents itself as a convincing overall package, providing near Superman levels of performance while still dressed in Clark Kent’s diesel A4 clothes.
 
Which one to buy?
 
In the UK the S4 was made available with the seven-speed S-tronic gearbox as well as a six-speed manual. The S-tronic cars proved far more popular, and they do work well especially in stop start driving conditions. Not trying to be a driver’s car at the cost of all else, the manual gearbox is not essential here, and can actually be a bit baulky between changes. Body styles are a four-door saloon or estate, or Avant in Audi-speak. There is no convertible model now, as this is now being labelled S5.
 
Ride has been much improved over older S4’s, understeer through corners greatly reduced and off-the-line traction is as can be expected from a Quattro Audi. If you are looking for communicative steering or tail out antics away from roundabouts then this is not the car for you.
 
The new 3.0-litre V6 engine provides fewer aural thrills than the outgoing V8 but the supercharger gives it immediate responsiveness and despite the lower output of 334bhp it manages to outperform its older brother too.
 
Optional extras to look out for are the Bang & Olufsen sound system, keyless go and satellite navigation. The black edition optioned models came with a few unique trim items as well as a fair amount of extra standard kit such as 19-inch alloys, multi-function steering wheel and auto headlights and wipers. Well worth it when new and a desirable option in the second-hand market. Tech packs and comfort packs also offered extra spec at reduced prices, making them good value today. A sports differential was also offered as an option, although it’s quite unusual to find a car with one fitted.
 
Performance and refinement are exemplary and thanks to Audi’s evolutionary styling process the current generation will not look outdated in the years to come.
 
Performance and specs

Audi S4 Avant
Engine 2995cc 24valve DOHC V6 Supercharged
Power 328bhp @ 5500-6500rpm 
Torque 325lb.ft torque @ 2900-5300rpm
Top speed 155mph (limited)
0-62mph 5.1 seconds 
Fuel consumption 33.6mpg 
Gearbox Seven-speed S-Tronic/Six-speed manual
Insurance group 36
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2811mm
Length 4719mm
Width 1826mm
Height 1415mm
Curb weight 1825kg
 
Common problems


Being a modern Audi, reliability is expected and the S4 thankfully doesn’t disappoint. There were a few niggling issues on earlier cars, as well as a few recalls that were not only S4 specific. The most important thing to look for is evidence of a comprehensive service history, ensuring that there are no signs of abuse or badly repaired accident damage. These cars also hide their miles very well, so continuous proof of the mileage is very important.
 
• Two recalls affected the A4 range, which included some S4 cars. These issues related to an issue where engine oil could potentially enter the brake servo, causing braking issues.

• There was also an airbag recall, affecting post-2012 cars. This was to fix the issue of some airbags not deploying on impact. Check with Audi about your specific model to confirm whether it was affected, and if the work had been carried out.

• Engines are reliable with no recurring faults cropping up, some oil filler caps can develop leaks but other than that as long as the service intervals have been adhered to these cars can rack up some high mileages. 

• Carbon build-up in the intake manifold, which can cause decrease performance, appears to be an increasingly common issue affecting all FSI engines. Although not limited to the S4, a specialist can clean out the manifold for a small fee.

• There have been some complaints of coil packs failing, but this is not as prevalent in some of the other VW/Audi variants. If the car exhibits any signs of misfiring or hesitation, this is the first thing to check. 

• Some early cars could suffer from cooling system issues, caused by thermostats and water pumps prematurely failing. Most should have been replaced by now under warranty. 

• 2010 models with the navigation option can exhibit an annoying software bug where voice instructions do not match up with the route. This can be rectified by a software upgrade.
 
Model history
 
2009: B8 S4 released with 3.0-litre V6 supercharged engine, offered with seven-speed S tronic and six-speed manual transmissions in both sour-door saloon and estate body styles.
2012: Facelifted model introduced, bringing in improved buttons and simplified MMI system. Flat-bottomed steering wheel and minor chrome trim changes for interior as well as new headlights and taillights completed the package
2015: B8 generation being phased out to make way for new turbocharged B9 based cars
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.audi.co.uk
• www.audiownersclub.co.uk – Audi owners club/resource
• www.unit20.org – Audi specialists
 
Summary and prices
 
Higher-mileage 2009 S4s can be found for around £14,000. Manual cars are rare, with the practical Avant models being even rarer. Nearly new S4s are just under the £38,000 mark, and can provide a decent saving over a brand new model. With a new S4 just around the corner however, there may be further discounts to be had over the next few months. The sweet spot is to be found with the two year old cars, which at £26,000 for a low mile S-tronic saloon, seem extremely good value.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 11th Feb 2016
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  • Audi S4 Avant

    £26,990 £26,990

    One Owner, Full Screen Sat Nav, Audi Drive Select, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Leather And Suede Interior, DAB Radio CD, Bluetooth, Electric Boot Operation, Bi Xenon Headlights, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Powered Folding Mirrors, Front And Rear PDC, 4x4 Very Low Mileage With An Audi Service History. Fantastic Specification Which Includes, Full Screen Sat Nav, Technology Package High, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Audi Drive Select, Full Leather And Suede Interior, Electrically Adjustable Memory Seats, Bi Xenon Headlights, Auto Lights & Wipers, DAB Radio CD, Media Input, Bluetooth, Brushed Aluminium Interior Trim, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Electric Boot Operation, Front And Rear Park Distance Control, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Alarm, Immobiliser, Isofix. 5 seats, Misano Red Pearl Metallic, We Are A Family Run Business Specialising In Sports, Prestige And Performance Cars. Ideally Located On The Border Of Hampshire, Surrey And West Sussex. Our Showroom Is Situated A Stones Throw From The A3 And The London Waterloo To Portsmouth Train Line. All Vehicles Are HPI Checked And Come With A Comprehensive 6 Month Warranty Which Can Be Extended. We Offer Hire Purchase And PCP Finance Packages At Very Competitive Rates. Pleased To Be Approved Under The Hampshire Trading Standards 'Buy With Confidence' Scheme, Open 9.00-5.30 Monday To Saturday, Sundays And Out Of Hours By Appointment.

    • Mileage: 28000 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
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  • Audi S4

    £24,000 £24,000

    Variant name:Saloon Special Editions S4 Black Edition ,Derivative:S4 Black Edition ,Variant: 3.0 T FSI V6 (333PS) quattro Black Edition Audi A4 S4 Quattro Black Edition 4dr S Tronic

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 35155 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Audi S4

    £43,995 £43,995

    Variant: 3.0 TFSI (354ps) quattro Audi S4 3.0 TFSI (354ps) quattro Saloon finished in Mythos Black, metallic. Specification includes 19" x 8.5j '5- v spoke' design alloy wheels in matt titaniu, privacy glass (side and rear windows) and acoustic glass (f, automatic headlight adjustment, deletion of model and technology badges at rear, driver assistance pack - tour, extended led interior lighting pack - multi-coloured, headlight washer system, inlays - piano finish - black, LED headlights, LED rear lights, light & vision pack, 19" '5-v spoke' design alloy wheels in matt titanium look -, adaptive cruise control with stop & go and traffic jam assi, door mirrors - electrically folding - adjustable and heated, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function fo, advanced key, anti-theft alarm, Audi active lane assist and Audi virtual cockpit.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 1002 mi
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  • Audi S4 Avant

    £18,995 £18,995

    4x4 NEVER SEEN AN S4 WITH SO MANY EXTRAS! £11,220 worth of paid for items including : Audi Drive Select Full Package with Damper Control & Dynamic Steering £1,290, Adaptive Cruise Control £1,075, Open Sky Panoramic Sunroof £1,075, Audi Parking System Advanced with Camera £1,030, S4 Super Sports seats, Silk Nappa Leather £970, Comfort pack (Electric Mrmory Seats, Power Folding Mirrors) £635, Mobile telephone preparation - High £635, Bang & Olufsen sound system £515, Audi quattro Sports differential £460, Audi Side Assist £440, Power operated tailgate £365, 19 7-arm-double-spoke alloy wheels with Michelin SuperSport Tyres £345, Adaptive lights £320, Voice Control System £320, DAB digital radio £295, Carbon Atlas Dash inlays £245, Heated front seats £245, Leather armrests £190, Ski bag with through load facility £155, Load area rail system and fixing kit £145, High-beam assistant £110, Blind - manual for rear side windows £100, Storage pack £100, Reversible load mat with bumper cover £85, Tyre Pressure Monitoring Display £75. 2 Keys. Fully Documented Audi Main Dealer Service History. Car is in excellent condition, runs and drives beautifully. Call us to discuss delivery anywhere in the UK on this car. Have a look at our testimonials on our website to read more about us and the services we can offer our clients. Video w

    • Mileage: 67567 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
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  • 2013 Audi S4 Avant Quattro Black Edition

    POA POA

    2013 / 62 REG + 95,000 MILES + FULL AUDI SERVICE HISTORY + 2 KEYS + MASSIVE SPEC + SAT NAV + B&O UPGRADED SOUND SYSTEM + SUPER SPORT SEATS + RED AND BLACK SUPER SPORT SEATS EXTENDED LEATHER INTERIOR + ELECTRIC HEATED SEATS + PIANO BLACK INLAYS + PANORAMIC SUNROOF + ROOF RAILS + CRUISE CONTROL + ELECTRIC FOLDING MIRRORS + REAR HEATED SEATS + PRIVACY GLASS + FRONT AND REAR PARKING SENSORS + AUTO BOOT + BLUETOOTH + 19" ALLOYS + Cruise Control, DAB Digital Radio with Audi Music Interface, Rear Acoustic Parking System, Deluxe 3 - Zone Climate Control, Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Audi Music Interface, Electric Front and Rear Windows, Privacy Glass Dark Tinted, Mobile Telephone Preparation - Bluetooth Interface, Thatcham Category 1 Alarm, Colour Drivers Information System (DIS), Automatic Windscreen Wipers.

    • Year: 2013
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  • Audi S4

    £19,995 £19,995

    4x4 2013 / 62 REG + 95,000 MILES + FULL AUDI SERVICE HISTORY + 2 KEYS + MASSIVE SPEC + SAT NAV + B&O UPGRADED SOUND SYSTEM + SUPER SPORT SEATS + RED AND BLACK SUPER SPORT SEATS EXTENDED LEATHER INTERIOR + ELECTRIC HEATED SEATS + PIANO BLACK INLAYS + PANORAMIC SUNROOF + ROOF RAILS + CRUISE CONTROL + ELECTRIC FOLDING MIRRORS + REAR HEATED SEATS + PRIVACY GLASS + FRONT AND REAR PARKING SENSORS + AUTO BOOT + BLUETOOTH + 19'' ALLOYS + Cruise Control, DAB Digital Radio with Audi Music Interface, Rear Acoustic Parking System, Deluxe 3 - Zone Climate Control, Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Audi Music Interface, Electric Front and Rear Windows, Privacy Glass Dark Tinted, Mobile Telephone Preparation - Bluetooth Interface, Thatcham Category 1 Alarm, Colour Drivers Information System (DIS), Automatic Windscreen Wipers.

    • Mileage: 95000 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
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  • AUDI S4 S4 3.0 QUATTRO 2011

    £16,995 £16,995

    2010 AUDI S4 3.0 SUPERCHARGED;;ONLY 1 PREVIOUS OWNER;;FULL AUDI HISTORY;;IMMACULATE CONDITION;;MUST BE SEEN AND DRIVEN;;Upgrades - DAB Digital Radio, Black Styling Pack, Exterior Mirrors Heated/Electr. Folding/Auto Dimm., Alloy Wheels-8.5Jx19in 7-Arm Double Spoke Design, 12 months MOT, Full dealership history, Excellent bodywork, Black Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, Four wheel-drive, Standard Features - Cruise Control, Parking Aid (Rear Parking Camera), Deluxe 3 - Zone Climate Control, Upholstery Leather, Telephone Equipment (Mobile Preparation), Electric Front and Rear Windows, Colour Drivers Information System (DIS), Thatcham Category 1 Alarm, Audi Concert Radio - CD Player with MP3 Compatibility, 6.5in Colour Centre Console Screen, AUX - IN Socket, Upholstery - Alcantara/Leather, 18in x 8.5J 5 - Double - Spoke S Design Alloy Wheels with 245/40 R18 Tyres and Locking Wheel Bolts, Electrically Adjustable Front Seats, Automatic Windscreen Wipers. 5 seats, Silver, GBP 16,995;;Autoland​ look to offer great customer service to go along with great cars at great prices. All our cars are competitively priced and we are constantly price matching competitors. ;;Vehicles priced from GBP 1000 to GBP 30,000 ;;All vehicles hpi checked ;;32 point inspection carried out on vehicles ;;All vehicles come with 30 day warranty for complete peace of mind** ;;Part exchange welcome ;;Autoland car sales is based on the outskirts of Edinburgh In the heart of the Luxury Motor Village. We are based 5 mins from Edinburgh Airport and 20 mins from Haymarket Train station. ​ ;;Viewings can be arranged out with these times by arranging an appointment...... ;;Extended warranties are available at additional cost 3,6,12 and 24 months starting from only GBP 49..... ;;CALL US TODAY FOR COMPETITIVE FINANCE RATES....... ;;ALL MAJOR DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED FOR A SMALL FEE ;;CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR OTHER CARS ;;;OPENING HOURS : ;;TUE TO FRI 10.30am til 5.00pm ;SAT 10am til 5pm ;SUN 12pm til 5pm ;;AUTOLAND ;Quality used cars ;;64a and 64b Bridge Street ;Newbridge ;EH28 8SH ;;07756584624

    • Mileage: 60000 mi
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  • Audi S4

    £23,000 £23,000

    Variant name:Saloon Special Editions S4 Black Edition ,Derivative:S4 Black Edition ,Variant: 3.0 T FSI V6 (333PS) quattro Black Edition Audi A4 S4 Quattro Black Edition 4dr S Tronic

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 50800 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Audi S4 Avant

    £18,990 £18,990

    Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Panoramic Glass Roof, Full Black Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable And Heated Seats, CD Player, Bang & Olufsen, Bluetooth, Bi Xenon Headlights, Front And Rear PDC, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Powered Folding Mirrors, 4x4 Two Owners From New. Low Mileage With A Full Service History. Over £7000 Of Optional Extras. Very High Specification Which Includes, Full Screen Sat Nav, Technology Package High, Panoramic Glass Sunroof, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Black Super Sports, Silk Nappa Leather, Electrically Adjustable And Heated Seats, Radio CD, Media Input, Bluetooth, Carbon Atlas Interior Trim, Black Styling Package, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Arm Rest, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Bi Xenon Headlights, Auto Lights And Wipers, Rear Blinds, Ski Bag With Through Load Facility, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Alarm, Immobiliser, Isofix. 5 seats, Deep Sea Blue Pearl Metallic, We Are A Family Run Business Specialising In Sports, Prestige And Performance Cars. Ideally Located On The Border Of Hampshire, Surrey And West Sussex. Our Showroom Is Situated A Stones Throw From The A3 And The London Waterloo To Portsmouth Train Line. All Vehicles Are HPI Checked And Come With A Comprehensive 6 Month Warranty Which Can Be Extended. We Offer Hire Purchase And PCP Finance Packages At Very Competitive Rates. Pleased To Be Approved Under The Hampshire Trading Standards 'Buy With Confidence' Scheme, Open 9.00-5.30 Monday To Saturday, Sundays And Out Of Hours By Appointment.

    • Mileage: 45000 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
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  • AUDI S4 S4 3.0 TFSI V6 QUATTRO ONLY 22K MILES 2011

    £19,990 £19,990

    An exceptional 22,000 mile S4 with perfect Audi main dealer service history. Presented in Ice Silver Metallic with Full Black Milano Leather interior, sports seats, unkerbed 19" 7 arm double spoke alloy wheels fitted with four matching nearly new Continental tyres, privacy glass, automatic Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, front fog lights, rear parking sensors, cruise control, electric seats, CD player with auxiliary Ipod connection, Bluetooth, air conditioning, digital climate control, traction control, leather wrapped 3 spoke sports steering wheel with multi-functional controls, electric windows/ mirrors all round etc. One previous owner and covered just 22,000 miles since new with full Audi main dealer service history. A fastidiously maintained example with ultra low mileage. Impeccable throughout

    • Mileage: 22000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.995
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  • AUDI S4 S4 QUATTRO Auto

    £6,495 £6,495

    We are delighted to offer this exception audi S4 advant for sale finished in a stunning grey with full black leather interior, leather Recaro seats finished with carbon fibre trim. This car has had only 2 owners from new and has an impressive spec with many added factory extras added bringing the total to GBP 48000 when bought brand new! ;;This car comes with; Full service history, upgraded AUDI Navigation system with up to date maps, Electrically adjustable seats with lumbar support, Heated seats, Dual zone climate control, Multi-function steering wheel with gear change paddles, BOSE sound system, 6-speed Tiptronic transmission (Avant), 6 CD autochanger and many more!;;This car is HPI clear and ready to drive away, we accept all major credit and debit card payments. Viewing by appointment only;;

    • Mileage: 152000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.163
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