Which German luxury sedan would you rather have, the BMW 3 Series, which is aging gracefully at this point, or Audi’s all-new A4?
Chances are you’d be smitten with either of these thoroughbred automobiles, but surely one is better than the other, right? Let’s explore.
The Audi has been totally reworked for 2017 and features a hybrid aluminum structure that saves 99 pounds on front-wheel-drive variants. Inside and out this sedan is new, with a fresh styling everywhere, even if it looks pretty much like it always has.
Under hood, a familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides the motivation, a stable of 252 horses and 273 lb-ft of torque. It’s matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that’s standard with both front- and all-wheel-drive models. All told, this powertrain provides enough oomph to propel the A4 to 60 miles an hour in as little as 6.1 seconds.
In 328i form, the BMW also features a 2.0-liter force-fed four-cylinder engine. It’s good for 240 horses and 255 lb-ft of torque. Differing from its primary rival, this version of the 3 Series offers a six-speed manual transmission, though the vast majority of drivers will opt for the eight-speed automatic.
The 328i comes standard with a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch wheels, heated, power-folding side-view mirrors and much more.
So, which car do you prefer in this mini comparison, the Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series? Both are solid offerings, but if you can’t pick a favorite you can compare them directly right here. After you’ve made a selection, please vote in our latest poll!