Compare 2012 Audi A5 vs 2012 BMW 3-Series

2012 Audi A5
2012 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $49,495 $53,800
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $55,935 $60,800
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 28 $41,490 $45,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $43,055 $46,800
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 17 26 $34,500 $37,500
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,340 $39,500
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $63,250 $68,750
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $55,290 $60,100

Pricing

Invoice Price

$39,618
$43,790

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$42,600
$47,600

Monthly Payment Estimate

$710 / month
$793 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

Both the Audi A5 Coupe and its Cabriolet convertible sibling are striking designs that offer comfortable, easy-to-drive capacity for two people--and four in a pinch Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven.

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Fuel Economy

City

22 mpg 18 mpg

Highway

30 mpg 28 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.3 55.3

Passenger Volume (ft³)

81.0 84.2

Second Head Room (in)

36.3 36.5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

46.8 49.3

Front Leg Room (in)

41.3 42.0

Passenger Capacity

4 4

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Second Leg Room (in)

31.9 32.0

Front Head Room (in)

40.0 38.0

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.5 59.1

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.4

Length, Overall (in)

182.1 181.9

Height, Overall (in)

54.4 54.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.1 59.6

Wheelbase (in)

108.3 108.7

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

73.0 71.5

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

10.2 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)

11.8 x - 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)

12.6 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.9 16.1

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.3 16.0

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.4 36.1

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion 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

P245/40R18 225/45R17

Spare Tire Size

Compact NA

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/40R18 225/45R17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

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

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3880 3825

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 x 8.5 17 x 8.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Alloy

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 x 8.5 17 x 8.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Alloy

Spare Wheel Material

Steel NA

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

140 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

258 @ 1500 200 @ 2750

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0L/121 3.0L/183

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

211 @ 4300 230 @ 6500

Engine Type

Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I6

Fuel System

Direct Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

30 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

22 18

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

25 22

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA - TBD -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.70

Trans Type

1 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.92 3.94

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 2.46

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

5.18 3.23

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.23

Trans Description Cont.

Continuously Variable Ratio Manual

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 0.85

First Gear Ratio (:1)

2.40 - 0.38 4.32

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A5 BMW 3 Series

Body Style

Convertible Convertible

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

NA NA

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Trapezoidal-Link 5-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

NA NA

Suspension Type - Front

5-Link MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

6 5

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

7.5 9.3

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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