The 2012 Audi S4 provides two trim levels for buyers to choose from. The Premium Plus package functions as the base model with, frankly, too many features to list, while the Prestige package adds in adaptive xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a leather armrest, Audi side assist, and 19" alloy wheels. Other options are available separately, such as navigation, adaptive suspension controls, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and lots of others.
Audi does not fail to disappoint when it comes to technology, either. Punctuating the leather and dash are the features one expects in a luxury sedan, iPod integration, gorgeous graphics on the in-dash display, Bluetooth functionality, but something is missing. Not only does Audi charges extra for options such as navigation, but the plastic dashboard and trim are not becoming of a luxury car. Carbon fiber, wood, and brushed aluminum have found their way into competitor's sports cars, so why has Audi elected to used plastic in theirs? The driver-oriented design and large degree of personalization help make up for that, but it is still a point of contention. Buyers can also elect for a two-tone leather package and Audi's typical selection of paint colors, ranging from stunning to subtle, as well as a variety of external appearance options, such as dual-tip exhaust.
Power delivery and management is smooth as silk. The 2012 Audi S4 delivers power to all wheels for excellent handling and a 5.1 second 0-60mph time. The ride is fairly good, and is manually adjustable with an optional extra. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available with a double-clutch system for smoother shifts.