2011 BMW 3-Series vs. Its Competition

2011 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sedan 335i RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Infiniti's G37 is bawdier in every way, with more dramatic styling, a raucous exhaust, and, unfortunately noise within the cabin.

Audi's A4 sedan is an attractively styled option, with more interior space than the BMW, but less power and sportiness.

Mercedes' C-Class sedan (the CLK-Class coupe was deleted in the 2010 model year, replaced by an E-Class Coupe) offers a more comfort-oriented ride, but its materials and quality are top-notch for the segment.

2011 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sedan 335i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings2011 Audi A4 4-door Wagon Auto 2.0T Avant quattro Premium  Plus Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi A4Browse Used Listings2011 Audi A5 2-door Cabriolet Auto FrontTrak Premium Side Exterior View2011 Audi A5Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.4
The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises.
8.2
With strong performance, good practicality, and respectable fuel economy, the attractively styled 2011 Audi A4 strikes a great balance for an everyday-driving sport sedan.
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The Audi A5 Coupe and Cabriolet bear one of the most elegant bodies in autodom, and drive with a light, easy touch.
MSRP From  
$34,600$32,300$36,900
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I6Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
CompactCompactSubcompact
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
554
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe
Transmission  
ManualCVTManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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