Passion isn't usually a word we'd associate with Audi but we'll credit the S4 with being a sincere and enjoyable expression of corporate values, be they styling, engineering or technological. This is a car you buy with your head but it's got just enough sparkle to make your heart tingle just a little too. It's fast, refined, practical, dependable on slithery winter roads and carries with it that understated status of being rather more special than most other ostensibly similar Audis you see day in, day out. This is very much the brand in its comfort zone and as a result, yes, there's a sense of passion there you don't always see.
Price tag of our car
(£44,500 list plus £5,250 of options)