Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series

Who builds the best 2.0-litre diesel executive saloon – Audi or BMW? We've tested them back-to-back to find out...

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4 Apr 2017 8:40 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Our verdict

The latest Audi A4 matches the BMW 3 Series, pound for pound, in many areas, while just sticking its nose in front in terms of quality, refinement, and the fact that safety kit such as city braking is included as standard. Both cars are very good, but as an all-rounder, the A4 is just that little bit better and easier to live with.

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1st – Audi A4

Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series

For Exceptionally refined; high-quality interior; strong performance

Against Inferior real-world economy; less rear leg room; Sports ride firm

Verdict Easy to live with and a great all-round package

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – BMW 3 Series

Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series

For Fun handling; excellent infotainment; slick gearbox

Against Road noise; optional Servotronic steering; poor brake feel

Verdict Still the most fun to drive, but just loses out in this guise

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi A4 2.0 TDI 190 S Line S Tronic (leather/Alc)

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £36,695

Target Price £32,662

Best What Car? deal £32,269

Power 188bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-60mph 7.9sec

Top speed 147mph

Fuel economy 67.3mpg

CO2 emissions 111g/km


Specifications: BMW 320d M Sport step auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £36,760

Target Price £33,898

Best What Car? deal £31,148

Power 188bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-60mph 8.0sec

Top speed 143mph

Fuel economy 64.2mpg

CO2 emissions 116g/km

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