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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Attractive and well-crafted cabin
“Stealthy appearance can be a virtue for drivers who want to blend in”
“Slick shape and blacked-out B-pillars make it easy to mistake it for a high-performance coupe”
Kelley Blue Book
Few cars age as gracefully as the Audi S4, which has been on the road in its current form for over six years. The classically styled 2008 Audi S4 still looks good, though, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com appreciate the usefulness of its more subdued looks.
According to Edmunds reviewers, the 2008 Audi S4 “is available in sedan” and “wagon (‘Avant’)” body styles “with one well-equipped trim level.” Reviewers are taken by the exterior styling of the Audi 2008 S4, which features subtle differences when compared with the standard Audi A4 lineup. MyRide.com reviewers love the “sleek German body” of the 2008 Audi S4, while Edmunds raves that “the S4 maintains the good looks and excellent interior quality that have become two of the model line's best selling points." ForbesAutos says “Audi’s now-trademark single-frame trapezoidal grille is the centerpiece of an uncluttered, attractive exterior” offering a “stealthy appearance” that “can be a virtue for drivers who want to blend in (say, from the highway patrol), but it can be disappointing for those who want to turn heads.” Edmunds respectfully disagrees, however, finding that competing cars from BMW and Lexus don’t offer “the same type of visual panache or the street cred that goes along with” the Audi S4. Strong visual cues on the Audi 2008 S4 include “aggressive front and rear bumpers that include slotted lower air vents, a revised grille and fog lights,” in the opinion of Kelley Blue Book.
The exterior of the 2008 Audi S4 gets some pretty positive reviews among the impressions read by TheCarConnection.com, but the real praise is saved for the interior. MyRide.com loves that the interior is “clean and uncluttered with everything designed to be functional.” Kelley Blue Book agrees, claiming that the 2008 Audi S4’s interior “might just make you want to climb in and never leave” and approving of the driver-centric touches, like “pedals [that] are perfectly positioned for those who can accomplish the classic heel-and-toe downshift.” ConsumerGuide also notes that the Audi S4’s “gauges are clear and well-lit,” though they mark it down because “the front center armrest blocks use of [the] handbrake lever and cupholders.” Overall, however, most reviewers agree with Edmunds, which re-ports that “Audi consistently produces some of the finest automotive interiors and the 2008 Audi S4 is no exception.”
The jury is out on whether the high-performance 2008 Audi S4 is an introvert or an extrovert, but its styling ranks as impressive.