Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Audi A4, S4


Vehicles Affected: Nearly 102,000 model-year 2013-15 Audi A4 and S4 sedans

The Problem: The front-impact airbags may not deploy as designed in a crash due to improper algorithm/coding within the airbag control module, according to The Detroit News. Front-seat occupants may not have the intended protection from the frontal airbag system in a secondary impact, putting them at risk for an injury, the newspaper reported. The automaker discovered the problem during routine quality-assurance testing, and no accidents or injuries have been reported; the issue is not related to the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall.

The Fix: Audi will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the airbag software for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Audi at 800-253-2834 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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The performance version of Audi's compact sedan hasn't changed much since its model-year 2010 introduction, but the 2014 S4 still delivers with fast looks and the performance chops to back them up, says reviewer Joe Bruzek. He says the S4 makes everyday driving entertaining, thanks to an energetic supercharged V-6 and slick-shifting manual transmission. Check out the review below for more.

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Audi Latest Automaker to Introduce Gas-Price App


Joining automakers such as GM and Ford, whose respective infotainment systems — Chevrolet MyLink and MyFord Touch — offer drivers the ability to find the nearest station with the cheapest gas, Audi has added an app to its lineup helping folks find where to fill 'er up frugally. The German automaker announced this week that, beginning in May, members of its A3 family of hatchbacks equipped with Audi connect will have access to Refuelling Stop, a new online service that provides information about where to find the cheapest gas.

According to Audi, the service consults an online database of gas stations and prices and matches the list to the driver's current location or destination. The driver can sort search results by price or distance, and simply click on the station and set it as the navigation destination. The system will even consider the type of fuel required by the A3, which can be premium or diesel depending on the engine.

By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Soft-Top, Hard Cash: 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet Prices Announced


If you're a high-performance Audi faithful who's just got to feel more wind through your hair than a lowered window can provide, your 2013 RS 5 Cabriolet awaits. Take note, though: For the price difference of that soft-top compared with the coupe, you could buy a used convertible 2003 Audi Audi A4.

Audi announced pricing this week for the new RS 5 Cabriolet, which will go on sale next month for a whopping $78,795, including an $895 destination fee. For comparison, that’s a full $11,000 more than its 2013 coupe counterpart and $17,000 more than the 2013 Porsche Boxter S. To be fair, the rear-wheel-drive Porsche won't provide anywhere near the 450 horsepower or 317 pounds-feet of torque that the all-wheel-drive RS 5's 4.2-liter V-8 — good for a zero-to-60 time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph — boasts.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

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With the new year comes some new blood, at last, in the No. 1 spot among's most-read reviews of the week. In 2013's first top 10, the Toyota RAV4 has supplanted the Subaru XV Crosstrek — the reigning champion for nearly six weeks. Meanwhile, the consistently popular 2013 Ford Explorer review found its way from the bottom half of the list up to No. 2 this week, bumping the XV Crosstrek down to third.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 15, 2012 | Comments (0) Reviews the 2013 Audi A4


Taking advantage of Audi's aptitude for creating quickness in smaller, lower-horsepower engines, the 2013 A4 shouldn't have to work so hard to keep sales pace with its better-selling German competitors. reviewer Kelsey Mays says the midsize luxury sport sedan manages hefty torque with its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while maintaining respectable fuel efficiency and responsive handling. Offering a reliably sophisticated, if not dynamic, interior, along with some subtle revisions to its face, the A4 is a "textbook example" of how to keep an older model fresh.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 10, 2012 | Comments (1)

NHTSA Adds Six Models to Five-Star Award List

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a crop of new crash-test scores for several all-new or recently redesigned vehicles.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

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