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    B9 S4 - trim selection + sport diff - comments needed

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    Hi all,

    First time posting here but I've been reading for the past years. I've watched a ton of youtube videos on the S4 B9 and read what I could here before posting my question to get your input on the question.

    I've been debating what trim to choose from for the 2018 S4, I need to decide this week. Budget doesn't allow me to go with the fully loaded prestige with rear sport diff so I need to pick my battle to make it fit in my allocated budget.

    Choice A : premium plus + sport rear diff + carbon inlets

    Choice B : prestige


    I don't care so much about the virtual cockpit, it's certainly a nice thing to have, but how much will it make me enjoy the ride compared to the rear sport diff. Not having the B&O sound system is a bummer, but how bad the basic audio concert in the premium plus can really be? I'm coming from 12 years driving a Subaru WRX (2003 and 2013) so anything Audi has to offer will be a huge improvement.

    Does anyone hear a noticeable difference between the B&O sound system and the audio concert in the basic trim?

    I'm not planning to do any lapping with the car, just some sporty driving, some drifting as I'm stuck living up north with a ton of snow for 4 months a year...

    I would really appreciate your input to help me make the most enjoyable ride out of the upcoming S4.


    Thanks!

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    Senior Member Two Rings moonlights4's Avatar
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    I personally think the sport diff is well worth it. I can feel it every time I take a corner hard under throttle. It genuinely makes the car fun to drive, and the size of the car coupled with the sport diff has such great handling that I sold my previous S6 within a year of purchasing it CPO just to go back to this platform. I have a fully loaded model and love everything about it, but I would give up the virtual cockpit and other goodies that come with the Prestige package to keep the sport diff. In my opinion, that's THE reason to get an S4 over an A4, apart from straight line speed. I know there are some people who say that you don't benefit from the sport diff unless you track the car, but I personally can attest to the massive difference it makes, as I owned B8.5s both without and with the diff. The sport diff allows me to really enjoy the car at legal speeds on the street since you can wag the tail a bit on hard turns. It's especially fun with a bit of wet or snow.

    Also, the carbon inlays are awesome, and 100% worth it, IMO.
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    Choice A hands down!!!


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    premium plus doesn't come with B&O in Canada? It does in the US.

    It's really hit or miss with B&O. The higher frequencies always sound better, guitar strings sound crazy real, but there's barely any low end on most B&O setups, which kills it for genres like hip-hop. The non B&O higher frequencies don't sound as good, but it makes up for it on the low end. Since I listen mostly to hip-hop (don't judge me), I like the non-B&O better.

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    Get choice A

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    A


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    Senior Member Two Rings moonlights4's Avatar
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    The adaptive suspension is also pretty nice as well. Comfort mode rides like a luxury car and dynamic turns it into a pretty rigid feeling sport sedan. Kind of like having two cars in one.


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    Choice A. I drove a S4 without sport and one with. It was noticeable and does make a difference in how fun it was really drive.
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    Thanks all for your input, it confirms what I was thinking.

    There's something else that bothers me... I'm 6'2 with a bad back, I can't setup my seat more than 5 degres angle... so pratically driving straight up. I put the seat completely down and I have the head almost touching the sealing... I'm normally avoiding sunroof in sedans because of the lack of headroom. I love the S4 but I would love to get an extra inch not to feel squeezed up while driving. I test drove a C43 AMG and it was even worst, my head was literaly touching the ceiling at all time, great car, great sound, but physically I just can't fit.

    All that to say, I test drove an SQ5 yesterday, car feels so different than the S4 obviously but it was still a pleasant ride. Got plenty of headroom in that one compared to the S4... Now I'm debating which way to go. For the most fun experience to drive the car, I would go with the S4 hands down. But the fact I finally get some headroom is really nice to have to be honest. We have another family car so the extra cargo is not a necessity, but it's always nice to have with two young kids (3-5 years old).

    I was about to pull the trigger on the SQ5 but we don't get the black optics package yet on the sq5 nor the d shape steering wheel yet. Those will more likely be available on the 2019 models.

    If only I was an inch or two smaller I wouldn't be debating on the s4 or not. Sucks...

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    just drive with the sunroof open all the time.

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    I currently have option 1 and love it. I'm 6'3" feel your pain about your height. That was the reason I didn't go for the S3. I couldn't get the seat low enough. Have you driven an A6 3.0? Similar price but probably not an option -- or just drive the S4 with the back massager on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diokhan View Post
    I currently have option 1 and love it. I'm 6'3" feel your pain about your height. That was the reason I didn't go for the S3. I couldn't get the seat low enough. Have you driven an A6 3.0? Similar price but probably not an option -- or just drive the S4 with the back massager on
    Nah I never sat in a A6.

    My intention was to replace my wrx with something that would give me a feeling in the guts while driving and I have to ditch the 3rd pedal so my wife would get to drive my new car. She doesnt care as long the car is confortable and not brutal like my former sti...

    I feel in a loose loose situation now : im about to loose the buyer for my wrx with more likely the best price I would ever get for it and on the other side I feel that im not getting 100% the car I want by rushing my new car purchase

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    Quote Originally Posted by skirch View Post
    I'm coming from 12 years driving a Subaru WRX (2003 and 2013) so anything Audi has to offer will be a huge improvement.
    +1 on the sports diff and carbon inlays........and seriously consider tune & springs
    I also came from 13 yrs in Subies, 4 x Liberty/Legacy wagons. The last was a '08 6spd turbo 'tuned by STi', modded, of course, to 212kw atw.
    However the diff is a must because I believed the quattro was a b-i-g improvement on the AWD. The Subie had subtle chassis/suspension improvements and, in hindsight, would have been right up the S4's fake exhaust pipes. Also in the 7 months, driving on twisty undulating roads, where, when say negotiating a corner which is tighter than it looks intially, with the Subie's AWD one would give it more 'welly' and it would dig in, the S4 gives a hint of understeer before the quattro/diff feels like it does a 'reset' and drives on through the corner. Other owners have noted understeer as well.

    Also tested a Merc-AMG C43 and was very disappointed with the quality, finish & driveability. AMG sedans, at least are now made in South Africa. The V8's are still hand built in Germany and shipped to SA.

    The sunroof, don't waste your $$$'s. Although its a panoramic roof in the Avant, the opening is too small and is set too far back (being tall, you may bang your head on the roof leading edge on rough roads). The deflector is made of a pantyhose-like material, is hard to clean bugs off and does nothing to deflect the wind coming on to the top of the driver's head = headache. What a design cock-up!!!!
    I would have thought adjusting the seat height to the lowest position (where I have mine) would give you quite excellent headroom. This link discusses the same issue and incl. 2 x 6'4" owners:-
    http://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threads...stions.362633/
    You will enjoy the S4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skirch View Post
    I feel in a loose loose situation now : im about to loose the buyer for my wrx with more likely the best price I would ever get for it and on the other side I feel that im not getting 100% the car I want by rushing my new car purchase
    sell it, drive a rental for a few weeks. one of my previous co-workers drove a rental for a couple months because he was too lazy to figure out what he wanted after his previous car was done for.

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    Here in Australia bought the S4 it comes loaded default with alot but my extras on top

    are
    Sports differential.
    Technik package (matrix headlights)
    Sunroof
    Black exterior
    Carbon inlays
    Sunroof
    Passenger blinds



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