Audi S4 – £44,000 (saloon)
Yep, for about the same money as a Kia, you can have an Audi S4. That is, of course, before you have had a crack at the options list, but that’s on you.
For the new A4, Audi focused on comfort, quietness and technology. Luckily, the S4 combines it with serious pace – zero to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds, thanks to a turbo V6 with 349bhp and 369lb ft of torque. This, if you can believe it, will make an Audi S4 less powerful than a Kia.
That said, headline figures are just that – and we’re doubting that you’d ever notice the 26bhp and 7lb ft deficit, thanks to the Audi’s flat torque curve from 1,300 to 4,500rpm. Now, the Audi is all-wheel-drive only, so rear-drive oversteer enthusiasts should look elsewhere. But, if you’re a Labrador enthusiast, you can get the S4 as an estate with a 1510-litre boot.