Compare 2008 Audi A5 vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2008 Audi A5
2008 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door Coupe Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 16 27 $37,108 $39,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic 18 27 $38,315 $41,200
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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
$37,108
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,900
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$665 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
Understated on the outside, gorgeous on the inside, the 2008 Audi A5 has a stylish presence and grand-touring comfort. 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
16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
- TBD - 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
- TBD - 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 93.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.4
Second Head Room (in)
36.0 37.5
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
54.0 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.1 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
108.3 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
26.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.1 178.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.1 12.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.79
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 - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion 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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
245/40R18 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
245/40R18 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3737 3340
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
DOHC FSI Direct MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
243 @ 3250-5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.2L/195 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
265 @ 6500 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.89 3.23
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A5 BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/anti-dive NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-link Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapazoidal 5-Link

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