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2007. - 2011. Production 2005. - 2008.
D - Large family car Vehicle class D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
4 x 4 Wheel drive Rear
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4703 mm
Length 4520 mm
1826 mm
Width 1817 mm
1436 mm
Height 1442 mm
490 liters
Boot (min) 460 liters
1430 liters
Boot (max) 1385 liters
65 liters
Fuel tank 61 liters
Engine
Volkswagen
3.2 FSI
Petrol Fuel Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
3197 cc
Displacement 2996 cc
265 hp
Power 272 hp
330 Nm
Torque 315 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1630 kg
Vehicle weight 1505 kg
6.4 s
Acc. 0-100 6.2 s
250 km/h
Top speed 250 km/h
13.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.0 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.7 l/100km
9.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.3 l/100km
216 g/km
CO2 emissions 175 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1660 kg
Vehicle weight 1530 kg
6.6 s
Acc. 0-100 6.4 s
250 km/h
Top speed 250 km/h
13.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 10.1 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.8 l/100km
9.2 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.4 l/100km
219 g/km
CO2 emissions 178 g/km
Expenses
6999 EUR
Price from 5500 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 petrol 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 (4 x 4 for the Audi and rear in the case of the BMW). The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 265hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 272hp engine designed by BMW.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. 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, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Audi A4 offers a marginal difference of 8% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Audi, as well as BMW, with the same average rating of 4.3 out of 5. Independent research findings rank A4 37% below average, and 3 Series 16% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as Audi A4 rank it on average as 3.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 250 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be 3 Series, averaging around 7.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (39 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 25% difference compared to Audi A4.

Verdict

BMW 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, Audi A4 offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with BMW offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the BMW. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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