No compromises with the Audi S4

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2010 Audi S4.

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We used to think that if we wanted speed, we had to sacrifice fuel economy. But we still held up as an ideal a fast car that wouldn't drain its tank after 200 miles. Audi comes the closest we've seen to date with the new S4.

Using a supercharged 3-liter V-6, the S4 easily averages more than 20 mpg, while at the same time hitting 60 mph in less than five seconds. OK, it's not as fast as a BMW M3 , but we found its performance thrilling and excellent for throwing around winding country roads, its Quattro all-wheel-drive digging into the corners.

It's also an extraordinarily comfortable car, with very refined cabin tech. The suspension strikes a perfect balance between sports car firm and luxury soft. A Bang & Olufsen audio system serves up well-balanced music, and the navigation system renders buildings and topographical features in detailed 3D.

Check out our full review of the near-perfect 2010 Audi S4 .

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.


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