The 2016 Audi S4 is more than a handsome variant of the compact Audi A4 luxury sedan. While it shares much of its body and trim with the A4, the S4 also provides excellent power, along with equipment upgrades.

The 2016 Audi S4 offers room for five. This all-wheel-drive sedan comes with a supercharged V6 engine paired with a manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Audi S4 comes in two trims: Premium Plus and Prestige.

For 2016, the Audi S4 gains a new Misano Red pearl effect paint. An available Technology package now includes a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Exterior

The S4 features clean lines and elegant details. The S4 features its own blacked-out front and rear fascias, side skirting, special door sills, an integrated rear spoiler and S badging. It also features xenon headlights with automatic leveling, heated windshield washer nozzles, power adjustable and heated side mirrors, a sunroof, 18-inch S-design alloy wheels and quad exhaust tips.

Options include an adaptive dampening suspension, a sport differential and 19-inch wheels wrapped in summer tires.

Interior

On paper, the Audi S4 seats five, but the back seat space is tight. That area is most useful for two — and for youngsters at that. The split-folding rear back seat offers access to the trunk, measuring 12.4 cubic feet. Fold the rear seat flat, and storage space measures a generous 34 cubic feet.

The cabin offers a simple, yet premium layout with an abundance of soft-touch materials, brushed aluminum inlays and leather-covered seats. The front seats are firm with pronounced bolsters. All models have a flat-bottomed steering wheel; automatic transmission-equipped versions include steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Standard features include a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, three-zone climate control, heated front seats, power front seats with driver lumbar support and S trim. Available features include a leather package with Nappa leather seats, door armrests and pulls.

Performance

You won’t find anything more powerful than a turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine in the Audi A4, and that’s what makes the S4’s engine so special. The S4 comes with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Audi pairs this engine with a six-speed manual or an available seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This model makes an EPA-estimated 18/28 mpg city/highway with the automatic or 17/26 with the manual gearbox.

The 2016 S4 is fast, traveling from 0-60 mph in just under five seconds. Hammer the gas pedal, and full power kicks in immediately. Steering seems light to the touch around town, but it tightens up when this sedan picks up speed, delivering a measured amount of weightiness. The Audi drive mode selector allows for changes in the suspension, steering, transmission shift feel and engine response, depending on the mode selected.

Technology

The Audi S4 comes with a 6.5-inch color display, a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player and Bluetooth. What you won’t find is a USB port. Instead, Audi supplies proprietary cables for connecting your handheld device or smartphone. You may have to order a set to match your phone.

Upgrades include a Technology package with HD Radio, a DVD player, navigation, a parking system with a rearview camera and Audi side assist. A 14-speaker, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system is optional.

Available safety features include blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.