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No compromises with the Audi S4

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2010 Audi S4.

Although most of the body is the same as the A4, the S4 gets bigger front vents, with a fascia designed to better funnel air. The wide bumper band across the grille de-emphasizes the size of the grille.
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Josh Miller/CNET

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.