Compare 2008 BMW 3-Series vs 2009 Audi A4

2008 BMW 3-Series
2009 Audi A4
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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
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4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,085
$28,551
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,700
$30,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$545 / month
$512 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.5 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 34.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.0 - TBD -
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 55.5
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.9 56.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 110.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 26.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 71.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.2
Length, Overall (in)
178.2 185.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 16.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.79 11.3 x 0.47
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.94 12.6 x 1.18
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)
16.1 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Servotronic
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.3
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P245/40R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P245/40R18
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)
3340 3527
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 258 @ 1500-4200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 211 @ 5300-6000
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 23
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont.
Manual CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 - TBD -
Trans Type
6 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 - TBD -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 - TBD -
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Audi A4
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Pivot 4-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Trapezoidal Link

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