I really think I'd choose this over a BMW 335i. It looks better inside and out, and is, in my opinion, every bit as fantastic to drive. Eric Tingwall hits it on the nose when he describes the S4 as a grown-up's Evo. Like Mitsubishi's all-wheel-drive rally machine, the S4 enhances the skills of the average driver without feeling overly computerized. The biggest surprise for me was the way the steering firmed up in high-speed driving. Kudos to Audi for getting that right. Of course, to experience the S4's best steering and handling, one must first fiddle with the car's Drive Select interface. Though it's pretty easy to configure, I can't help but wonder what the need is for this extra complication. Even in "Dynamic" mode, the suspension remained acceptably compliant, so why bother with any of the other settings?
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor