Among luxury cars, the Audi S4 is all we could want. It’s hot on the curbside but not too ostentatious. It’s fast and unbreakably stable, yet not outrageous enough to make you lose your license on contact. Smooth and quiet enough to take the in-laws to the airport, yet barking and snappy for the ride back. And the S4 will, with snow tires, grip to the wall all winter without hesitation.
The air conditioning controls confuse everyone who touches them, and the radio volume knob is so poorly placed it might as well be on the ﬂoor. But no other car is this solid-feeling and tight for $55,000.That money could also buy a well-equipped A6, a C350, or a 335i.There are plenty of choices if you’ve got the money. For young families and singletons who don’t mind a smallish back seat, the S4 ticks every box. My only suggestions: Save your extra money for fuel, and don’t let this sport sedan’s capabilities turn you into an idiot. --CA