Apr 23, 2004
Reviewed By Keith Martin
Price as Tested $50,790
Likes

340-hp V8 that pulls like a ‘60s Mopar and makes equally terrific sounds, attractive styling, surprising room in rear seats and trunk

Dislikes

Tiny dash switches that are impossible for we visually-challenged 50-somethings to decipher without reading glasses, notchy shifter with useless 6th gear, lofty price that will only climb with the strong Euro

Verdict

The S4 mechanicals are great, but are let down by hopeless interior ergonomics, including a dash-mounted cupholder that sprays coffee like it was a crop-duster with every application of the brakes or throttle. I’d also prefer tighter spacing in the gearing, so that fourth, fifth and sixth weren’t essentially redundant. And for $50k, I’d take a larger car with a smaller engine—0-60 times are pretty irrelevant in my daily life.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
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