Compare 2012 Audi S4 vs 2012 BMW 3-Series

2012 Audi S4
2012 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
4-Door Sedan Manual Prestige 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
4-Door Sedan S Tronic Premium Plus 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
4-Door Sedan S Tronic Prestige 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 26 $34,500 $37,500
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,340 $39,500
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 28 $41,490 $45,100
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 19 26 $43,055 $46,800
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 335is 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Convertible 335is 18 26 $55,935 $60,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,990
$32,110
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$47,300
$34,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$788 / month
$582 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
For those who like what they see in the pert Audi A4 sport sedan but want an emphasis on the 'sport'—without giving up any practicality—the 2012 Audi S4 is the way to go. The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.2 35.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 55.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.0 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.4 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.6 60.3
Wheelbase (in)
110.7 110.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.9 71.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
185.7 182.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 17.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 15.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 15.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R18 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/40R18 P225/50R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3847 3406
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
333 @ 5500 240 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas Supercharged V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 2900 255 @ 1250 - 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 34
Transmission
Drivetrain
All wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.92 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.22 3.35
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.13 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.68
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 4.71
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 2.11
Trans Type
6 8
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi S4 BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal Link 5-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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