If your new luxury car search has brought you to the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, read through our comparison. Inside, we'll detail the engine specs, interior comforts, and advanced technologies of these sedans to help you decide which one is better suited to your Huntsville, Florence, and Cullman, AL, area lifestyle. Read on to learn more and then contact Century BMW if you have any questions.

BMW 3 Series vs Audi A4 Performance

When it comes to tackling your weekday commute, you'll need a sedan that creates a thrilling and dynamic ride. As you can see from the chart below, the BMW may meet this need a bit more effectively:


BMW 3 Series

Audi A4

Standard engine

2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo I-4

2.0L I-4


255 horsepower

201 horsepower


294 lb-ft

236 lb-ft

Despite both coming standard with a 2.0L I-4 engine, the standard engine in the BMW 3 Series produces 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Audi A4, on the other hand, comes standard with an engine that only generates 201 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.

If you want even more power, the available 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo I-6 engine in the BMW takes performance to the next level by generating an exciting 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. This kind of energy can take you from 0 MPH to 60 MPH in just 4.4 seconds. Unfortunately, the Audi A4 doesn't offer an engine with this level of acceleration.

Still, both sedans keep you travelling with confidence on any terrain by coming equipped with an available or standard all-wheel drive (AWD) system. This is something that's unique to get with a sedan, but both the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 make it an option.

This AWD system is smart enough to adapt to changing conditions like rainy streets, dirt roads, and sunny highways. It can even adjust to tight cornering to help you come around the bend even more smoothly.

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BMW 3 Series vs Audi A4: Interior Amenities

When you're enjoying the thrills of your bold engine, relax in the front seat of the Audi A4 with 8-way power adjustment. However, you may have an easier time finding your ideal driving position in the BMW 3 Series since its driver's seat offers 14-way power adjustment, including:

  • 4-way power lumbar support
  • 2-way power side bolsters
  • 2-way manual headrests and thigh support

The proper seating position is essential to reduce fatigue. With so many ways to adjust your seat, you're sure to have a relaxing ride when you're behind the wheel of the BMW. Unfortunately, the Audi A4 doesn't offer as much versatility in terms of seating position.

Once you get your seat position just right, go ahead and play some music using the high-tech infotainment systems that you get with both luxury sedans. An available 10.1-inch system in the Audi A4 allows you to select your favorite tunes on your way to work and control a variety of other vehicle settings.

The BMW 3 Series also has a high-tech infotainment touchscreen in the center stack that measures at 10.25 inches.

Related Reading: BMW 3 Series vs. INFINITI Q50

Keep Your Eyes on The Road: Technology to Keep You On Track

Enjoy a secure ride with the available Head-Up Display in either of these luxury sedans. This advanced system, available for both the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, projects essential driving information directly onto the windshield in front of you to help minimize the time you spend looking away from the road ahead. It displays important info like:

  • Current speed
  • Safety system warnings
  • Road signs
  • Available navigation
  • Entertainment information

The BMW 3 Series takes it to the next level with BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. It provides you with complete control over your vehicle settings, navigation, and entertainment system with just the sound of your voice. Simply say Hey, BMW to bring the system to life and you'll have command over an array of features.

Since this technology is exclusive to BMW, you likely won't experience a similar kind of control through voice command in the Audi A4.

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Interior Specs of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4

While having the right tech is important in your next set of wheels, it's also vital to ensure that you'll have the utility to do what you need to do. That means making sure the cabin has enough space.

With both the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, you'll be at the helm of a 2-row sedan that comfortably seats five passengers. However, drivers may be a bit more comfortable in the BMW, as you can see from the chart below:


BMW 3 Series

Audi A4

Headroom (front/rear)

38.7/37.6 inches

37.3/37.4 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

42/35.2 inches

41.3/35.7 inches

Trunk volume

13 cubic feet

12 cubic feet

Despite having very similar interiors, the BMW offers slightly more room overall. For example, it gives drivers an additional 1.4 inches of headroom over the Audi.

It's important to note that rear-seat passengers may be equally comfortable in either sedan, though, since they each offer a comparable amount of headroom and legroom room to those in the back row. So, you don't have to worry about the kids fighting over space.

When you load up the trunk with groceries and suitcases, however, you might have to shop or pack more lightly in the Audi A4 compared to the BMW 3 Series. That's because the BMW provides an additional cubic foot of trunk space. That's the difference of a reusable shopping bag full of groceries.

Related Reading: BMW 3 Series vs. INFINITI Q60

BMW 3 Series vs Audi A4: Time to Decide!

Now that you've read our BMW 3 Series vs. Audi A4 comparison, you probably have a better idea of which one of these luxury sedans will equip you with the features you want. With its powerful engine, advanced technology features, and premium interior comforts, the BMW tends to be a big hit among drivers like you in Huntsville, Florence, and Cullman, AL. Do you want to give it a try?

Contact Century BMW today to test drive the BMW 3 Series!

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