2011 Audi
S4
vs. 2011 Suzuki
SX4 LE

2011 Audi S4

10.0

Winner

Audi S4

starting from

$47,975

Reasons to buy the Audi S4

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Has stability control system
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OK brakes
Disc
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Fast 0-60 time
4.9 seconds
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE

8.6

Runner-up

Suzuki SX4 LE

starting from

$15,960

Reasons to buy the Suzuki SX4 LE

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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$15,960
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More airbags
6
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.3
2011 Audi S4 Winner: S4
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Audi S4 Winner: S4
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  • The S4 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The S4 has 6 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 4
  • Almost the same
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Audi S4 Winner: S4
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  • The S4 's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
  • Disc brakes on the S4 can provide better stopping action
Performance 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Audi S4 Winner: S4
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Almost the same, Supercharger vs None
  • More than 2x more powerful, 333 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 150 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Audi S4 Winner: S4
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same, 53.1 ft3 vs 50.6 ft3
  • Almost the same, 456 miles vs 436 miles
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

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S4
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SX4 LE
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the S4 's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the S4 's power seats; not available on the SX4 LE
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keyless entry Standard vs Optional The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the S4 ; optional upgrade on the SX4 LE
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the S4 ; the SX4 LE only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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S4
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SX4 LE
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Number of speakers 10 vs 4 The S4 has more speakers, but the SX4 LE has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the S4 , you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The S4 has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

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S4
2011 Audi S4
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SX4 LE
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs No The S4 has electronic stability control, but the SX4 LE does not
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The SX4 LE has a good number of airbags, but the S4 is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The S4 has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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S4
2011 Audi S4
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SX4 LE
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Horsepower 333 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 150 HP @ 6,200 RPM The S4 is fairly powerful, but the SX4 LE is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Supercharger vs None The S4 's Supercharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 11.5 lb/hp vs 18.1 lb/hp The S4 is a sporty car, while the SX4 LE is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The S4 's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the SX4 LE is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 ft vs 34.8 ft The SX4 LE is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the S4 is quite bad

Practicality

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S4
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 436 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 12.0 ft3 vs 15.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 50.6 ft3 The S4 has average-sized front seats, while the SX4 LE is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The S4 offers an optional navigation system; not available on the SX4 LE
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Cupholders 4 vs 7 The SX4 LE has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 1 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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S4
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MSRP $47,975 vs $15,960 The SX4 LE has a great price and the S4 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 23 mpg The SX4 LE has OK city mileage, while the S4 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The S4 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the SX4 LE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The S4 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the SX4 LE's is very short

Road Tests

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S4
2011 Audi S4
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SX4 LE
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0-60 mph 4.9 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The S4 can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the SX4 LE is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 129 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 18.0 s @ 81 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs 100 mph The S4 can hit high speeds, but the SX4 LE is below average for this class of vehicle

Crash Test Ratings

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S4
2011 Audi S4
2011 Suzuki SX4 LE Suzuki
SX4 LE
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The S4 is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the SX4 LE
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

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