The 2022 Audi S4 is a straight-up carryover variant of the outgoing model year and is still attractive in many ways including interior opulence and real-world performance. The S4 is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 engine like the outgoing generation and has been producing the same power figures since the 2020 model year. The Quattro all-wheel-drive system with a limited-slip differential makes handling a piece of cake for the present S4. The interior is quite familiar to the outgoing model year but the aluminum trim has been replaced with a few faux carbon-fiber interior inlays that elevate its sporty look. Well, the 2022 S4 is a lowkey performance sedan, especially for the mature crowd.
Trims and Features.
The Audi S4 is offered in three trim levels – Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. All the trims are powered by the same powertrain and drives through all four wheels as standard. The base Premium trim starts at $50,500 and features quite a decent amount of opulence and electronics. The seats are leather-wrapped and power-adjustable up to 8-levels with power lumbar support. They also come with multi-level heating and massaging functions. Other important features include:
- 3-zone automatic climate control
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Leather steering wheel
- 10.2-inch MMI interface
- A fully digital instrument panel.
The Premium Plus adds a few essential features to the standard ones but the Prestige gets noticeable upgrades over the standard features like a 19-speaker surround-sound system by Bang & Olufsen, heads-up display, driver-assisted parking system, MMI navigation plus but costs a dearly $8,000 more than the base trim.
We would recommend opting for the Premium Plus over the base trim as it adds a lot of features including a few more active safety features like blindspot monitoring and lane-departure warning. The table below has a detailed features list.
|Premium||$50,500||10-speaker audio system, cruise control, leather steering wheel, 3-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power-adjustable driver, and front passenger seat with multi-level heating options, massaging feature, 10.1-inch MMI, 18-inch alloy wheels.|
|Premium Plus||$54,100||Audi virtual cockpit plus, satellite radio, adaptive cruise control, performance tires, top-view camera system, Audi phone box, Audi active lane assist, and traffic jam assist.|
|Prestige||$58,800||19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium surround sound system, driver-assisted parking system, Audi MMI navigation plus, heads-up display.|
As a modern-day Audi, the new 2022 S4 looks pretty aggressive, but it hasn’t changed since the 2020 facelift. The exterior of the S4 is mainly set apart by the aluminum treatment in the front and rear. That said, the matrix-styled LED headlamps and DRLs still look sharper and more unique than the competition. The intake grille is honeycomb-style mesh design and is quite large. Also, do note that the S4 has no actual brake cooling vents like the A4 which is a disappointment, and if you opt for the optional larger brakes then you might not face the best braking performance. A power sunroof comes as standard too.
The rear has similarly-designed LED taillights that match the front styling with a fake rear-diffuser and a chrome-tipped quad exhaust system. The sedan sits on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels and can be upgraded to 19 inches ones. In terms of exterior dimensions, the Audi is similar to the other sedans in the segment. The ground clearance is not known yet and will be around 5 inches. The car is also not the heaviest at 3,847 pounds.
|Model||2022 Audi S4|
|Curb Weight (lb)||3,847|
|Ground Clearance (inches)||N/A|
Powertrain and Performance.
Powering the 2022 Audi S4 is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine under the hood that belts out 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque available at just 1,370 RPM.
The engine has been in Audi’s lineup for a while and is paired with an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Power is routed to all four wheels via the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. All these numbers are quite ensuring for decent real-world performance. The engine power figures are not like the AMG C 43 Sedan and the M340i but are fairly quick. Most importantly, the engine refinement and responsiveness are top-notch. There is no lag when accelerating hard and, according to Car & Driver in 2018, the transmission provides lightning quick shifts but does lag just a bit when shifting with the steering-wheel-mounted paddles.The 0-60 miles per hour comes in 4.4 seconds and it takes about 12.8 seconds to complete a standing quarter-mile.
|Model||2022 Audi S4|
|Engine||3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6|
|Transmission||Eight-speed shiftable automatic|
|Power||349 hp @ 5,400 RPM|
|Torque||369 hp @ 1,370 RPM|
|0-60 MPH (seconds)||4.4|
|Top Speed (MPH)||155|
Handling and Braking.
The driving impressions of the 2022 Audi S4 are quite similar to the outgoing model year which means that it is still not the sharpest in the handling department like a similarly spec-ed Merc.
But going around the corners has been quite smooth and responsive, all thanks to the Quattro system with a center limited-slip differential.
The steering offers decent feedback and is very accurate in taking sharp turns. The suspension on offer is slightly on the stiffer but not as much as its competitors, making the ride quality a bit better in most conditions. It does a decent job in the handling but what about the brakes? Well, the rotors are quite big at 13.8 inches at the front and 13 inches at the rear. Coupled with a curb weight of 3,847 pounds, the 2022 S4 comes to a stop from 70 miles an hour in 162 feet which is not the best but does quite a decent job.
|Model||2022 Audi S4|
|Brake Rotors: Front (inches)||13.8|
|Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)||13.0|
|Curb Weight (lbs)||3,847|
The twin-turbo V6 engine inside the 2022 S4 does deliver punchy performance but not as much as the rivals, and that has given the sedan a slight edge in terms of fuel economy. The EPA estimates that the 2022 Audi S4, like the outgoing model year, will deliver 21 miles per gallon in the city, a whopping 30 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined economy of 24 miles per gallon. Although, these numbers can be hit only when the car will run in ideal conditions and could be even better. Coupled with a fairly sized 15.3-gallon gas tank, it is estimated to deliver up to 367 miles per tank of gas.
|Model||2022 Audi S4|
|Tank Capacity (Gallons)||15.3|
|Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)||321.3/459.0/ 367.2|
How Good Is The Interior?
The interior won’t surprise you as it has been largely unchanged since 2017. That said, the cabin is still a good place to be in and comes with a host of features and opulence. The dashboard has a soft-touch feel and is beautifully crafted, and the 10.1-inch infotainment display is standard. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is offered on higher trim levels. The screen offers a lot to customize and displays many pieces of information including navigation. The seats are wrapped in leather, and you’ll find all seats to be comfortable.The front seats offer 8-way power-adjustability with 4-way lumbar support, multi-level heating, and massage functions as standard. The rear row has comfortable seats and can easily fit two full-grown adults.
Similar to the A4, the S4 too has a spacious and comfy cabin. Both rows offer a good amount of room for the head, shoulder, and slightly compact legroom which is totally fine for the segment. Although, getting in and out is quite comfortable too as the doors open up quite wide. Taller people might struggle with the rear headroom though but the 35.7 inches of legroom would make things easier. Also, there are 12 cubic feet of boot space which will help tow a few duffels or two large suitcases along with other light luggage. A few of the interior standout features are as follows:
- Adaptive cruise control.
- Leather steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustability.
- 12.3-inch driver information display.
- Driver-assisted parking.
- Keyless ignition.
- 3-zone automatic climate control.
- Leather seats.
- 8-way power-adjustable front seats with multi-level heating and massaging features.
|Model||2022 Audi S4|
|Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)||37.3/55.9/ 41.3|
|Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)||37.4/54.5/ 35.7|
|Cargo Capacity (lb)||12.0|
The infotainment system offered is Audi’s MMI which is one of the most intuitive and sophisticated at the same time. The 2022 S4 gets a more refined system and still retains the 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment screen along with the 12.3-inch driver information display. As standard, the list of features is quite big and includes a 10-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, WiFi connectivity. The Prestige trim has a few “prestigious” features like the 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, MMI navigation plus, and a 360-degree camera. A few important infotainment features available with the 2022 Audi S4 are as follows:
- 10.1-inch touchscreen display with Audi’s MMI system.
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
- 19-speaker audio system from Bang & Olufsen.
- Satellite radio.
- Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
- MMI navigation.
- 360-degree camera.
- Ambient lighting.
How Safe Is The 2022 Audi S4?
The Audi S4 comes with a number of option and standrd safety features. Systems like Lane-departure warning, stability control,
pre & post-collision safety system, brake assist, and a lot more as standard. The higher trims get a few additions like blindspot monitoring, headlamp washers, and emergency braking preparation. Here is the list of the complete safety features available:
- 4-wheel ABS with traction control.
- Front and rear head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags.
- Emergency braking preparation.
- Stability control.
- Blindspot monitoring.
- Lane-departure warning.
- Pre-collision safety system.
- Post-collision safety system.
- Emergency braking assist.
Should You Consider The 2022 Audi S4 Over The Competition?
The 2022 Audi S4 is a great sedan with a lot on its side like the opulent interior which are not only comfortable but also offer a few modern touches to stand out in the competition. The engine is quite powerful and responsive that also returns better mileage figures than most of its competition. Next comes the safety and cabin features where the sedan is not backing up by any chance. The design language too is unique and looks definitely better than the aging design of the AMG C43 Sedan and the M340i.
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