2017 Audi A4 vs. Its Competition

2017 Audi A4
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Audi A4 faces stiff competition from the likes of the BMW 3-Series, the former benchmark for sport sedans, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which introduces a new level of luxury to this segment.

A recent redesign of the Lexus IS has made these cars more competitive, and the new Cadillac ATS has surpassed the BMW for dynamic capability.

We're also intrigued how the new Audi will stack up against the Infiniti Q50, a sedan we like immensely when it's not fitted with the brand's squirrely steer-by-wire system.

2017 Audi A42017 Audi A4
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2017 BMW M32017 BMW 3-Series
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2017 Cadillac ATS-V2017 Cadillac ATS
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2016 Lexus IS (IS 200t)2016 Lexus IS
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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2017 Audi A4 advances its sport-sedan credentials in lots of incremental ways, but the virtual cockpit drops the digital mic.
6.7
The 2017 BMW M3 is a track-ready sports sedan with an unblemished pedigree that announces to the world: "Ask me what DTM means."
7.0
A legitimate sports car in a sedan or coupe body, the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V rewards drivers with exceptionally polished handling and performance, making it truly in the league with Germany's best.
7.5
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds to the impressive roster with a convertible version this year and a newly minted AMG C43 version. Bavaria is even better now.
8.0
The 2016 Lexus IS doesn't quite hit the high-water mark set by German rivals, but it's a pleasantly capable compact luxury car.
MSRP From    
$34,900$33,450$34,595$39,500$37,325
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
2.0 TFSI Automatic ultra Premium Plus FWD320i Sedan4-Door Sedan 2.0L RWDC 300 Sedan with Sport Pkg4-Door Sedan
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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