Much like its exterior, the changes made to the S4’s cabin are relatively modest. Where the previous model placed great focus on a more minimal, clean approach to interior design that embraced the use of tactile, visually appealing materials, so, too, does this new version.
As such, polished chrome, glossy piano black and surprisingly tasteful carbonfibre elements are used liberally and to great effect and lend the S4’s cabin a sophisticated, modern ambience that feels very much in step with its elevated price.
That Audi now offers a fully digital set of instruments and an enlarged 10.1in touchscreen infotainment system on even the most basic A4 will probably do more for sales of cars at a lower price point than that of the S4. Even on a £50,000 car, though, the new MMI Plus set-up is slick and ritzy enough to win compliments.
The touchscreen's installation allows Audi to do away with the rotary dial that controlled the previous system. In its place on the centre console, you now find an additional compact storage compartment, which complements the S4’s already abundant interior repositories well.
As a result of losing the rotary input device of the pre-facelift car, you interact with the system mostly via the touchscreen itself; and although the free-standing installation is easy to grab hold of with an outstretched arm while the car’s moving, it’s not the most solid-feeling of fittings, at least by Audi’s high standards.