Overview of the Audi RS4Learn about the Audi RS4
With limited production since its debut in 2000, the Audi RS4 has undergone many changes over the course of its four distinct generations. Although the vehicle was originally designed as a five-door station wagon, it became available in a number of body styles over the years, including a four-door sedan and two-door cabriolet. Today, the Audi RS4 Avant combines serious engine performance with unrivaled all-weather ability thanks to Audi's Quattro four-wheel drive system. Offering a sleek interior with impressive storage capacity, the wagon is equal parts fun and functional — perfect for everyday commuting as well as long-distance drives.
Offering exceptional functionality for families, the Audi RS4 consistently features a healthy selection of standard and available safety technologies. Third-generation models, produced from 2012 to 2015 and referred to as the Audi RS4 B8, come standard with six airbags, electronic stability control and a rest recommendation system. This last feature analyses driving behaviour via steering, pedals and gear level movement to detect subtle changes in driving patterns and notify the driver should they need to take a break from behind the wheel. Similar to the manufacturer's other vehicles, the Audi RS4 can be upgraded through a number of tailored packages with specific technologies and driver assistance features.
The Audi RS4 has been celebrated for its luxurious interior for almost its entire 20 year run. Older models, including the 2001 Audi RS4, were outfitted with sporty Recaro seats in premium leather with aluminum detailing throughout. The feature-packed fourth-generation models, produced from 2017 onward, take the interior one step further, including:
- RS Super Sport seats with Alcantra leather detailing
- Double-glazed, acoustic windows
- Heating, cooling and massaging front seats
Parents will be pleased to note that the outboard seats come standard with ISOFIX child seat mounting with Top Tether anchorage points to make driving with your family a safe and easy task.
Like most luxury vehicles, the Audi RS4 comes loaded with more than enough tech features to please any driver. Current generation models, such as the 2019 Audi RS4 Avant, come standard with:
- Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster with 12.3-inch LCD display
- 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system with 3D sound
- Audi Smartphone Interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- MMI infotainment system with 8.3-inch touchscreen display
However, if drivers feel like they want more innovation in their interior, Audi offers a Technik package that includes wireless phone charging, additional Bluetooth connectivity and a head-up display.
Once again, the Audi RS4 consistently impresses when it comes to practicality, specifically in terms of versatility and space. Models produced from 2017 and onward feature bucket-style sport seats up front to offer exceptional leg and headroom. While some drivers have noted that legroom is slightly reduced in the rear, this is a common complaint of vehicles in this class. In its basic configuration, the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant offers up to 17.8 cubic feet of storage space, which increases to 53.3 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down.
Don't be mistaken by its mild-mannered, family-focused station wagon design because the Audi RS4 has always been built for power. The second-generation vehicles were equipped with Audi's Quattro four-wheel drive system and a 4.2 L V8 engine that was capable of going from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. Combine this with the vehicle's athletic handling and the Audi RS4 delivers a very memorable ride, whether your maneuvering in city streets or passing cars on wide open country highways. Drivers can tailor their own driving experience even further using Audi's drive select dynamic handling system, which comes standard.
Pros and cons of the Audi RS4
- Exceptional engine power
- Luxurious interior with many standard features
- Spacious interior for both passengers and cargo
- Expensive price tag
- Lower fuel economy compared to competitors
- Steering can be slightly rough on some models
Specifications of the Audi RS4Key specifications available across all trim levels
- Fuel typeGas
- City consumption16.9 L/100km
- Highway consumption10.2 L/100km
- Width1933 mm
- Length4589 mm
- Trunk space380 L
- Cargo space380 L
Trims available with the Audi RS4What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Audi RS4 2008 - 2008 is available in 1 trim:
Basic trim features and specs
- 2 climate zones
- Air conditioning (automatic)
- Center arm rest between front seats
- Driver seat has lumbar support
- Electric windows
- Electrically adjustable front seats
- Heated front seats
- Heated rear seats
- Leather steering wheel
- Multifunction steering wheel
- Passenger seat has lumbar support
- Power steering
- Rear seat ski hatch
- Tire repair kit
- Adaptive bending lights
- Alloy wheels
- Bi-Xenon headlights
- Daytime running lights
- Door mirrors electrically adjustable
- Fog lights
- Four-wheel drive
- Headlight cleaners
- LED daytime running lights
- Short wheel base
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Brake assist system
- Dimming interior mirror (optional)
- Disc brakes
- Dusk sensor (optional)
- Electronic traction control
- Four-wheel drive
- Front-driver airbag
- Front-passenger airbag
- Rain sensor (optional)
- Side airbag
- Side curtain airbag
- Stability control
- Tire pressure indicator
- Bluetooth (optional)
- CD disc changer
- Cruise control
- MP3-CD player
- Navigation system (optional)
- Power door locks
- Rear sensors
- Satellite radio (optional)
Frequently asked questions about the Audi RS4
Although the price may vary depending on the model year and additional features, a 2013 Audi RS4 Avant generally ranges in price from $32,000 to $40,000.
Yes, thanks to its 20 year history, drivers regularly find that the Audi RS4 is incredibly reliable and well built.
The 2019 Audi RS4 Avant is equipped with a 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.9 L V6 engine to deliver exceptional power.
Yes, the second-generation 2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet was available as a convertible.
With a top speed of 250 km/h, newer models of the Audi RS4 Avant produced from 2017 onward are capable of going from 0 to 100 km/h in only 4.1 seconds.