Compare 2012 BMW 3-Series vs 2012 Audi A4

2012 BMW 3-Series
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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
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4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,110
$30,227
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,900
$32,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$542 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 41.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 35.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 38.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 91
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 110.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 71.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
17.0 12.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.8 x - 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)
- TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -
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)
15.8 16.9
Steering
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
15.1 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 37.7
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P245/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P245/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
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)
3406 3505
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 1250 - 4800 258 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 211 @ 4300
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 30
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.35 2.92
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 5.18
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 2.40-0.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 NA
Trans Type
8 1
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Audi A4
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut 5-Link
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
5-Link Trapezoidal Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 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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