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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2004. - 2007.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2011.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4586 mm
1772 mm
1427 mm
460 liters
720 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4660 mm
1828 mm
1422 mm
405 liters
405 liters
70 liters
2004 Audi A4
2004 Alfa Romeo 159

Engine

Volkswagen
2.7 TDI BPP
Diesel
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2698 cc
180 hp
380 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Diesel
5 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2387 cc
200 hp
400 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1540 kg
8.4 s
230 km/h
9.5 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
6.7 l/100km
179 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1605 kg
8.4 s
228 km/h
9.3 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
179 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

cvt - gears
1570 kg
8.4 s
224 km/h
9.2 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
179 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1625 kg
8.4 s
224 km/h
11.6 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
210 g/km

Expenses

2500 EUR
Price from
2000 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the large family car segment and utilize the same 4-door sedan body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 180hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 5-cylinder, 20-valves 200hp engine designed by FIAT.

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 Alfa Romeo being a slightly better choice apparently. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the Italian car offers a marginal difference of 4% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Audi does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Audi with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the Alfa Romeo badge with 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank A4 as average reliability-wise, and 159 is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 4.3 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Both of the cars accelerate exactly the same, so we couldn't put one above the other. Car No. 1 reaches top speed of 228 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (42 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, the Italian car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. When it comes to performance, both vehicles provide similar experience, so I wouldn't point any of them out. the German car still consumps less fuel, which needs to be taken into consideration. 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. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. 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, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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