When we compare the Audi S4's and the Subaru WRX's specifications and ratings, the Audi S4 has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, reliability and base engine power. The Subaru WRX has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, resale value, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Audi S4's and the Subaru WRX's specifications and ratings, the Subaru WRX is a better car than the Audi S4.
Audi S4 vs. Subaru WRX Pricing
For a new model, the Audi S4's price is between $60,831 and $70,375, with the Subaru WRX priced between $31,420 and $41,816.
Audi S4 vs. Subaru WRX Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Audi S4 loses 48.4 percent of its value and the Subaru WRX loses 29.3 percent of its value. This means the Subaru WRX retains 19.1 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Audi S4.
Audi S4 vs. Subaru WRX Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Audi S4 is 8.3 out of 10 while the Subaru WRX's quality rating is 8.8 out of 10. This results in the Audi S4 being ranked 11 out of 30 Best Luxury Compact Cars and the Subaru WRX being ranked 5 out of 26 Best Compact Cars.
Audi S4 vs. Subaru WRX Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Audi S4 is 8.5 out of 10. For the Subaru WRX the reliability rating is 7.0 out of 10. This gives the Audi S4 an advantage in reliability compared to the Subaru WRX.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Audi S4’s base engine makes 349 horsepower, and the Subaru WRX base engine makes 271 horsepower. The S4 is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 444 miles. The WRX is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 432 miles. This gives the Audi S4 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Subaru WRX. Both models use premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are compact cars, the Subaru WRX has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Audi S4 has the advantage in the areas of rear head room and rear shoulder room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Subaru WRX has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.