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Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0
Audi A4 RS4 (05-08) - rated 5 out of 5
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PROS

Superb performance, understated looks, safe handling

CONS

Thirsty V8 engine, high running costs

At a glance

New price £50,730 - £60,030
Used price £7,570 - £12,585
Used monthly cost £187 - £310
Fuel economy 20 - 20 mpg
Road tax cost £325 - £570
Insurance group 42 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Superb performance, understated looks, safe handling

CONS

Thirsty V8 engine, high running costs

Audi A4 RS4 rivals

Lexus
IS F
4 out of 5 4.0

Available as a saloon, estate and convertible, Audi's ultimate A4, the RS4, is powered by a huge 4.2-litre V8 engine with a whopping 414bhp. This gives it a 0-60mph time of less than five seconds and allied to a howling soundtrack from the FSI engine and four exhaust pipes, it makes driving one an intoxicating experience. The RS models have long had a cult following and this one is no exception.

It's not cheap to buy or run, but if you want a less brash and overt alternative to the BMW M3, look no further.

Audi A4 RS4 rivals

Lexus
IS F
4 out of 5 4.0

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