Compare 2017 Audi A4 vs 2016 BMW 3-Series

2017 Audi A4
2016 BMW 3-Series
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2.0 TFSI Automatic Premium FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A4 2.0 TFSI Automatic Premium FWD 25 33 $34,690 $37,300
A4 2.0 TFSI Automatic Premium Plus FWD 25 33 $34,690 $37,300
A4 2.0 TFSI Automatic Premium Plus quattro AWD 24 31 $36,642 $39,400
A4 2.0 TFSI Automatic Premium quattro AWD 24 31 $36,642 $39,400
A4 2.0 TFSI Automatic Prestige FWD 25 33 $34,690 $37,300
A4 2.0 TFSI Automatic Prestige quattro AWD 24 31 $36,642 $39,400
A4 2.0 TFSI Automatic Season of Audi Premium quattro AWD 24 31 $39,386 $42,350
A4 2.0 TFSI Automatic Season of Audi ultra Premium FWD 27 37 $35,202 $37,850
A4 2.0 TFSI Automatic ultra Premium FWD 27 37 $32,458 $34,900
A4 2.0 TFSI Automatic ultra Premium Plus FWD 27 37 $32,458 $34,900
A4 2.0 TFSI Manual Premium Plus quattro AWD 24 33 $36,642 $39,400
A4 2.0 TFSI Manual Premium quattro AWD 24 33 $36,642 $39,400
A4 2.0 TFSI Manual Prestige quattro AWD 24 33 $36,642 $39,400
allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium 23 28 $40,920 $44,000
allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 23 28 $40,920 $44,000
allroad 2.0 TFSI Prestige 23 28 $40,920 $44,000
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4-Door Sedan 320i RWD

2017 Audi A4 vs. 2016 BMW 3-Series: Compare Cars

The BMW 3-Series has been a sport-sedan benchmark for decades. The Audi A4 is one of a thriving pack of challengers that now handily beat the Bimmer on a variety of fronts.

Is the A4 one of those sport-luxury sedans with the whole package--a BMW-beating set of road manners, equipment, safety, and styling?

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,690
$31,000
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,300
$33,150
Monthly Payment Estimate
$622 / month
$553 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Audi A4 advances its sport-sedan credentials in lots of incremental ways, but the virtual cockpit drops the digital mic. The 2016 BMW 3-Series delivers outstanding performance and comfort in a tastefully understated package.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 35.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.5 55.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 40.3
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
186.1 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
56.2 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.2 61.9
Wheelbase (in)
111 110.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 71.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13 13
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.3 12.3
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)
13 11.8
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.3 15.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 37.1
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P225/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3483 3295
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
420 900
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 170
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 1600 200 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
252 @ 5000 180 @ 5000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 36
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA 205
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.51 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.19 4.71
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.23 3.15
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 2.11
Trans Type
7 8
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.39 0.84
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 1.28
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.75 3.29
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A4 BMW 3 Series
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Multi-Link Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Multi-Link Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 6.3
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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