Compare the Audi A4 to the BMW 3 Series

Discover Why Shrewsbury, MA Luxury Enthusiasts Prefer the New Audi A4 Over Its BMW Rival


In a premium sedan segment as replete with well-appointed options as ever, it's the four-door of distinctions subtle to apparent that rises above the rest. For two decades and counting, the Audi A4 has been and remains that car, with a performance drive that excels, the cutting edge in safety features, a suite of top-tier technologies, and the creature comforts to bring it all together. Even against longer-lived luxury cars like those of the BMW 3 Series lineup, it's our Four Rings that continue to pull ahead. Eager to see just where and how? Our Shrewsbury Audi dealer's got the balanced perspective.

Consider the midrange Audi A4 Premium Plus and its counterpart, BMW 330i. Each offers an engine build comparable to the other: the new A4, a 2.0 TFSI® four-cylinder with a turbocharger, and the new 330i, a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder likewise turbocharged. Plus, both new compact cars offer a manual transmission to make the sporty handling, for which each moniker and lineup is known, standard. But take a closer look at each, beginning with performance capabilities, and you'll begin to see what enables the Audi luxury sedan alternative to take point.

  • For one, an output of 252 horsepower, outpacing BMW 330i at 248, as well as 273 pound-feet of turning and pulling power, against which BMW offers only 258. That means a more spirited ride.
  • Secondly, fuel economy to go the distance, up to 24 mpg around cities like Worcester and 33 mpg on the highway to Marlborough. The "Ultimate Driving Machine" lags behind a bit more often to fill up at the pump in Westborough, offering only up to 21 city mpg and 32 highway mpg.
  • Next, A4 Premium Plus incorporates our automaker's celebrated all-wheel-drive system, quattro® with ultra® technology, standard in builds packing the eponymous 2.0 TFSI® engine. In fact, ours is the only car in its class to offer AWD standard with a manual gearbox. BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system, xDrive, is optional in the 330i trim.
  • Further, though both vehicles garner five stars overall for safety from the NHTSA, and each is a 2018 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, A4 surpasses 330i with a Superior front crash prevention rating when properly equipped with Audi pre sense® driver-assist technology. In fact, our sedan makes available city, basic, and side assist systems with pre sense® rear. That means the ability to remain aware of nearby vehicles and pedestrians, in the know in advance of a collision, and protected with advance preventative measures. A4 even earns the highest rating of Good for its LATCH child seat anchor system. The BMW sedan competition, however, provides only Basic to Advanced front crash prevention, and its LATCH system is rated only Marginal.


Of course, these excellences aren't all to which you have to look forward. Premium Plus trims offer amenities from standard leather seating, heated in front, and a 7-inch color driver information system to display critical metrics to a sizable 7-inch MMI® infotainment system paired with a 755-watt, 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen® sound system. Factor in elements like the Audi smartphone interface, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to extend smartphone control to the dash, as well as a front and rear sensors to simplify settling into a parking space, and it's plain to see: the new Audi A4 is an experience that stands apart from any challenger.

Enthusiastic to try out the latest model for yourself? Visit us here at Audi Shrewsbury today, and we'll make an introduction by way of a thrilling test drive you're sure to remember. We look forward to seeing you here on the Boston Turnpike!

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