What is it?
With the launch of the eighth generation of the Audi A4 range, the newest S4 takes its place as the top-dog model – at least until the next RS4 arrives later in the model cycle.
You’ll need to be something of a keen Audi spotter, though, because the visual changes to the latest S4 are really very subtle. The headlights have been restyled with a new-look treatment for the LED running lights. The front bumper has also been mildly revised, as have the front air intakes. At the back, LED tail-lights echo the shape of the headlights. The whole effect is more elegant and a bit less brash than before.
Likewise, there have been no major cosmetic changes to the S4’s cabin; there’s now an optional flat-bottomed steering wheel and the instruments have grey dials with white needles and aluminium-look hubs. Very classy.
What's it like?
The S4’s interior remains a terrific place to spend time, with fabulously supportive seats and that deep sense of quality, regardless of which surface you’re touching. For the first time, the S4, along with its siblings, can be ordered with Audi’s navigation system incorporating Google Earth, which gives 3D satellite and aerial photographs; it works brilliantly. The S4’s Bluetooth system also enables a Wi-Fi hotspot.