Added 10th March, 2017
By Jonathan Crouch
Mercedes and BMW say that you've to pay a considerable amount for shattering 5 second rest-to-sixty performance. With those two brands, such speed must often also be accompanied by crippling fuel consumption and appalling, tax-heavy emissions. Audi reckon differently and in 2008, wheeled out this MK3 model S4 as perfect proof. Here's a car that makes perfect sense in such a wet country as ours. With all wheel-drive traction and a whole raft of electronic safety measures, it's effortlessly secure, offering fewer of the heart-in-mouth moments that often accompany a combination of big power, damp roads and an enthusiastic approach.
That's not to say the S4 is a fuddy duddy that's forgotten how to entertain. Learn to drive the car properly and you'll be able to use more of that power more of the time than you ever thought possible. It's so addictive that only the realisation of quite how much Optimax unleaded you've burnt per session could possibly quell the temptation to repeat ad infinitum. Overall, if you're thinking of buying a potent sports saloon of this kind from this era, say a BMW M3, a Mercedes C63 AMG or a Lexus IS-F, then the S4 is an alternative you must try. If common sense prevails once you have, it'll be a hard car to ignore.