Compare 2015 BMW M3 vs 2014 Audi A4

2015 BMW M3
2014 Audi A4
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 17 26 $57,540 $62,000
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4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 24 32 $31,434 $33,800
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 24 32 $31,434 $33,800
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige 24 32 $31,434 $33,800
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 22 32 $32,272 $34,700
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 22 32 $32,272 $34,700
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 22 32 $32,272 $34,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 20 29 $33,388 $35,900
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 20 29 $33,388 $35,900
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 20 29 $33,388 $35,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$57,540
$31,434
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$62,000
$33,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1033 / month
$563 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Minus the V-8 and almost a couple hundred pounds, the 2015 BMW M3 is the best performer yet to wear the vaunted badge. The 2014 Audi A4 and S4 are trim, tech-savvy alternatives to the usual German luxury sedans, and to one stunningly good American one.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 35.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42 41.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 38
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 91
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
184.5 185.1
Height, Overall (in)
56.1 56.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.1 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
110.7 110.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.9 71.9
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 61.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12 12.4
Brakes
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)
14.6 11.8
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
15 12.6
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40 37.7
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P275/40YR18 P245/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA HM3
Front Tire Size
P255/40YR18 P245/40HR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA HM3
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3540 3516
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 9 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 10 18 X 8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
900 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 150
Engine
Displacement
3.0 L/182 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
425 @ 5500 220 @ 4450
Engine Type
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
406 @ 1850 258 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 4.61
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 -
Trans Type
6 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.73 2.92
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.32 -
Trans Order Code
ZMT NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.18 -
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD CVT w/OD
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.11 2.44 - 0.63
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.50
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.38
Summary
Body Style
Sedan FrontTrak Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW M3 Audi A4
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 (Est) 6.7 (Est)
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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