Compare 2011 Audi A4 vs 2011 BMW 3-Series

2011 Audi A4
2011 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 27 $33,760 $36,300
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 27 $33,760 $36,300
A4 4-Door Avant Wgn Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 27 $33,760 $36,300
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 27 $32,087 $34,500
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 27 $32,087 $34,500
A4 4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 27 $32,087 $34,500
A4 4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 23 30 $30,040 $32,300
A4 4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 23 30 $30,040 $32,300
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 22 30 $30,876 $33,200
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $30,876 $33,200
A4 4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $30,876 $33,200
S4 4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus 18 27 $43,804 $47,100
S4 4-Door Sedan Manual Prestige 18 27 $43,804 $47,100
S4 4-Door Sedan S Tronic Premium Plus 18 28 $45,107 $48,500
S4 4-Door Sedan S Tronic Prestige 18 28 $45,107 $48,500
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $48,440 $52,650
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $54,880 $59,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $42,320 $46,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,010 $51,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV South Africa 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD South Africa 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335d RWD 23 36 $40,620 $44,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD South Africa 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 17 26 $34,180 $37,150
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,020 $39,150
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $62,145 $67,550
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
M3 4-Door Sedan 14 20 $51,430 $55,900

Pricing

Invoice Price

$33,760
$42,735

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$36,300
$46,450

Monthly Payment Estimate

$605 / month
$774 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.2
8.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

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. Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success.

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Fuel Economy

City

21 mpg 18 mpg

Highway

27 mpg 28 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small Station Wgn Sub-Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.5 55.3

Passenger Volume (ft³)

90 84.2

Second Head Room (in)

38.2 36.5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.3 49.3

Front Leg Room (in)

41.3 41.8

Passenger Capacity

5 4

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Second Leg Room (in)

34.3 31.9

Front Head Room (in)

40.4 38.0

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

61.6 59.1

Min Ground Clearance (in)

4.2 - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

185.2 181.9

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

69.7 -

Height, Overall (in)

56.5 54.5

Liftover Height (in)

24.8 - TBD -

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.1 59.6

Wheelbase (in)

110.6 108.7

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- TBD - -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

71.9 70.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

50.5 -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

NA -

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

NA -

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

- TBD - -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

40.4 -

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

28.0 -

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

39.4 -

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

30.4 -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- TBD - -

Trunk Volume (ft³)

- 9.0

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)

11.3 x 0.47 11.8 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr-Assisted

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.6 x 1.18 12.3 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

17.2 16.1

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.3 16.0

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.4 36.1

Steering Type

Servotronic Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P225/50R17 P225/45R17

Spare Tire Size

Compact NA

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/50R17 P225/45R17

Trailering

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 -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3814 3825

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Rear Wheel Material

Alloy Alloy

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0

Front Wheel Material

Alloy Alloy

Spare Wheel Material

Alloy NA

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

7.4 - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

280 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

258 @ 1500-4200 200 @ 2750

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0L/121 3.0L/183

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

211 @ 5300-6000 230 @ 6500

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I6

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection MPI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

27 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

21 18

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

23 22

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA - TBD -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.66

Trans Type

8 6

Drivetrain

All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.87 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - -

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.40 3.94

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 2.46

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.52 3.38

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.23

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/manual shift Manual

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - -

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 0.85

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 4.32

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A4 BMW 3 Series

Body Style

4 Door Wagon 2 Door Convertible

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Trapezoidal Link 5-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Stabilizer Bar NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

4-Link Double Pivot

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Stabilizer Bar NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

6 5

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.8 9.3

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

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Overall Side Crash Rating

--

Side Barrier Rating

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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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