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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
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2012. - 2015.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
rear
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2011. - 2015.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4624 mm
1811 mm
1429 mm
495 liters
1500 liters
57 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4699 mm
1826 mm
1436 mm
490 liters
1430 liters
63 liters
2012 BMW 3 Series Touring
2011 Audi A4 Avant

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo
1995 cc
218 hp
450 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
2.0 TDI CGLC
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1968 cc
177 hp
380 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1515 kg
6.9 s
238 km/h
6.4 l/100km
4.3 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
134 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1510 kg
8.4 s
222 km/h
5.7 l/100km
4.3 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
126 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 8 gears
1535 kg
6.7 s
238 km/h
5.6 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
127 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
cvt - gears
1550 kg
8.1 s
211 km/h
5.6 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
129 g/km

Expenses

7000 EUR
Price from
8300 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by diesel engines and utilizing the 5-door wagon body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (rear for the BMW and front in the case of the Audi). The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 218hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 177hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, 3 Series offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW, as well as Audi, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed 3 Series as average reliability-wise, and A4 is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as 3 Series rank it on average as 3.2, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.9 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 238 kilometers per hour, 16km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (57 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Audi appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, 3 Series offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with BMW being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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