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Used test: Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series verdict

These used executive saloons both give you sharp looks, superb quality and plenty of badge appeal for a bargain price. But which should you choose?...

Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series

Our verdict

Both these models are class-leading executive cars and good used buys, so picking a winner was bound to be a close call from the start. Surprise, surprise, it has remained that way at the end. 

The Audi A4 is a bastion of class and discretion, swooning you with its magnificent interior and refinement. It’s also a delight to drive – precise and controlled in every way, and powered by a smooth, punchy engine. And there’s as much space inside as any saloon car of this type can offer.

However, the BMW 3 Series is the superior car to drive. It's better at manoeuvring speeds, thanks to a smoother automatic gearbox, and its rear-wheel-drive chassis is more entertaining than the A4’s. Throw in its popularity, making it easier to find than the A4, and it just nudges its way to victory. 

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1st – BMW 3 Series

Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series

For Fun handling; excellent infotainment; slick gearbox; great value
Against Road noise; poor brake feel

Audi A4 front cornering

For Exceptionally refined; high-quality interior; strong performance
Against Inferior real-world economy; less rear leg room; fewer available

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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Specifications: BMW 320d M Sport sport auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 188bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 8.0sec
Top speed 143mph
Fuel economy 64.2mpg (official average)
CO2 emissions 116g/km

Specifications: Audi A4 2.0 TDI S Line auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 188bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 7.9sec
Top speed 147mph
Fuel economy 67.3mpg (official average)
CO2 emissions 110g/km

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