Compare 2008 Audi A4 vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2008 Audi A4
2008 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Sedan Manual FrontTrak 2.0T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual FrontTrak 2.0T 20 31 $26,878 $28,900
4-Door Sedan Manual FrontTrak SE 2.0T 20 31 $27,668 $29,750
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T 21 30 $28,085 $30,200
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T 20 28 $28,830 $31,000
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak SE 2.0T 21 30 $28,877 $31,050
5-Door Wagon Manual quattro 2.0T 20 28 $29,760 $32,000
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro SE 2.0T 20 28 $29,783 $32,025
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T 19 27 $30,041 $32,300
5-Door Wagon Manual quattro SE 2.0T 20 28 $30,713 $33,025
5-Door Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T 19 27 $30,971 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro SE 2.0T 19 27 $30,992 $33,325
5-Door Wagon Automatic quattro SE 2.0T 19 27 $31,922 $34,325
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 3.2L 18 27 $33,761 $36,300
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 3.2L 15 25 $34,643 $37,250
5-Door Wagon Manual quattro 3.2L 15 25 $35,573 $38,250
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 3.2L 17 25 $35,713 $38,400
5-Door Wagon Automatic quattro 3.2L 17 25 $36,643 $39,400
2-Door Cabriolet CVT FrontTrak 2.0T 21 30 $36,968 $39,750
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 2.0T 19 27 $38,921 $41,850
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 3.2L 17 25 $44,548 $47,900
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,878
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,900
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$482 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Audi A4 is a competent, high-quality entry-level import that’s in its last year of production. The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.3 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.1 93.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.9 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
28.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.8 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.2 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.6 178.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.2 55.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.4 12.0
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.18 11.8 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 0.47 11.8 x 0.79
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.1
Steering
Steering Type
Servotronic Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.4 36.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R16 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R16 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
P215/55R16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3406 3340
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 180
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6
Fuel System
FSI MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.75 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A4 BMW 3 Series
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
4-Link Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA

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