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Used test: Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé verdict

If you want the style of a coupé and the practicality of a five-door hatchback you'll like the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. But which makes the better used buy?...

New Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Our verdict

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé is an excellent executive car choice, though one that's beginning to show its age. Its handling, interior and refinement, while good, aren't quite on par with the best of the best, and that becomes especially evident when comparing it with the Audi A5 Sportback.

Although the two cars seem similar and achieve much the same things, it’s the A5 Sportback that emerges as the better all-rounder. As a motorway cruiser, it's more comfortable and quieter than the 4 Series Gran Coupé, yet it’s the more agile car on a twisting country road. Factor in its spacious interior and lower running costs and it's the clear winner.

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1st – Audi A5 Sportback

New Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

For More refined and punchy engine; sharper handling; cheaper to run
Against Numb steering; gearbox sometimes hesitant
Verdict A great long-distance companion and a better all-rounder; just avoid big wheels

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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2nd – BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

New Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

For Well-weighted steering; more rear leg room
Against Noisier engine; lumpy ride; pricier to run; cheap-feeling plastics
Verdict A really good car, but the A5 pips it in several key areas

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 quattro Sport S tronic

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 187bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 7.5sec
Top speed 146mph
Fuel economy 62.8mpg (official average)
CO2 emissions 117g/km


Specifications: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé 420d xDrive Sport auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 187bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 7.9sec
Top speed 146mph
Fuel economy 58.9mpg (official average)
CO2 emissions 127g/km


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