In the realm of luxury sport sedan, cars like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz hold sway over the others. Of course now new automakers are making their presence felt in the compact luxury sport sedan segment. This is testimony to the fact that the demand for such cars have increased. Here we are talking about two worthy competitors in that segment. One is the Audi A4 Sedan and the other is the BMW 3-Series. These two cars are highly rated by automotive experts as well as customers. Let’s see which one scores over the other in this one-to-one comparison.
This one has a 211-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine (2.0 TFSI) that returns good fuel economy. The engine delivers 258 pound-feet of torque. The car has standard FrontTrack front-wheel drive (FWD) and Multitronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). An optional Quattro permanent AWD is also available. It has a standard 6-speed manual transmission and an optional 6-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds (Multitronic CVT). The 2011 Audi A4 has an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.
The BMW 3-Series offers consumers a choice of three engines. The 328i model has a 230-hp 3.0-liter inline 6 engine that delivers 200 pound-feet of torque. The 335i model has a 300-hp twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine that delivers 300 pound-feet of torque. The 335d model has a 265-hp twin-turbocharged diesel which delivers 425 pound-feet of torque. There are also the gasoline models which come with a standard 6-speed manual transmission along with an optional 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes 6.3 seconds (manual) for the 328i, 6.9 seconds for the automatic version, 6.9 seconds (manual) for the 328i xDrive and 7.1 seconds for the automatic version. For the 335i it is 5.4 seconds (manual) and 5.6 seconds (automatic). In the 335 xDrive it takes 5.3 seconds (manual) and 5.4 seconds (automatic). Lastly for the 335d it is 6.0 seconds.
The interiors of the 2011 Audi A4 have earned the appreciation of numerous reviewers. The cabin looks nice and attractive along with the control layout. The leather upholstery is equally great and even better than the others in its class. Visually the overall design looks interesting. The car sports a Bang and Olufsen advanced audio system and sunroof as standard fitment. The Audi A4 offers 16.9 cubic feet of trunk space that is truly awesome.
The 3-Series boast of luxurious interiors along with advanced electronics. Driving comfort is a top priority in new 2011 BMW 3-Series so you get supportive seats as well as highly visible analog gauges. However cargo space is limited to only 12 cubic feet. The car has the five year old iDrive system which controls all the interior electronics by means of a single dial. The system was upgraded by BMW in 2009.
The Audi A4 sedan has antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags as standard safety features. Optional safety features include rear-seat side-mounted airbags, blind-spot warning system (called “side-assist�?) and Active Braking Guard. In 2010 the car received a 5-star rating (front and rear impact testing) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and good rating (frontal offset and side impact testing) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The 3-Series has antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags as standard safety features. In 2010 the car received 4 star rating for frontal protection and 5 star rating for side protection from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded good rating for frontal offset and side crash protection.
Prices for the Audi A4 begins at $31,450 while that of the BMW 3-Series ranges from $33,150 (328i) to $43,950 (335d).
For consumers both the Audi A4 Sedan and BMW 3-Series are good cars. Although there are differences consumers will choose as per their fancy. For newcomers deciding will become easier if they take a test drive. Luxury sports sedans are known for delivering stellar performances. Both these cars are classy, comfortable and luxurious. They are an epitome of elegance and fashion so choose accordingly.
[Both these cars compliment each other so none score over the other. The only difference is the price. The BMW slightly costs more than the Audi]