Used test: Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

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

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What Car? team
06 March 2018

Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Our Verdict

Perhaps surprisingly, given the premium nature of both badges and the BMW’s reputation as a driver’s car, it’s a clear-cut victory for the new Audi A5 Sportback. You see although the two cars seem similar and achieve much the same things, it’s the Audi that emerges as the better all-rounder. As a motorway cruiser, it is more comfortable and quieter than the 4 Series Gran Coupé, yet when the spirit is up and the blood is pumping it’s the more agile on a twisting country road. Factor in its spacious interior and lower running costs and it becomes a bit of a no-brainer.

That’s not to say the 4 Series Gran Coupé is a bad car. In fact, it’s a really good one, and if you were to buy one at this age and price point we wouldn’t blame you a jot. It’s just that it’s beginning to feel a little old these days, and pitted against the better driving dynamics and plusher interior of the A5 it doesn’t feel special enough, and as it isn’t much cheaper to buy at two-years-old it can’t ultimately make up for its shortfalls.

Read our review of the all-new Audi A5 Sportback
 



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

4 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Audi A5 Sportback review 



2nd – BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

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

4 out of 5 stars

Read the full used BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe review


 

Specifications: Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 quattro Sport S tronic

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price when new £38,005

Price today £22,400

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

List price when new £37,300

Price today £22,000

Power 187bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-60mph 7.9sec

Top speed 146mph

Fuel economy 58.9mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 127g/km



Price today is based on a 2017 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing


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