Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi A4 VS 2018 BMW 4 Near Greenville, NC

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2018 Audi A4

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2018 Audi A4

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2018 BMW 4

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The A4’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The A4 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To help make backing safer, the A4’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the A4 and the 4 Series Gran Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A4 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 4 Series Gran Coupe has not been tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

The Audi A4’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. BMW is ranked 8th.

Engine Comparison

The A4 2.0 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (252 vs. 248) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the 430i Gran Coupe’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the A4 gets better fuel mileage than the 4 Series Gran Coupe:

 

 

A4

4 Series Gran Coupe

 

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (190 HP)/Auto

27 city/37 hwy

24 city/34 hwy

4 cyl.

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (252 HP)/Manual

24 city/33 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (252 HP)/Auto

24 city/34 hwy

23 city/33 hwy

4 cyl.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A4 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 4 Series Gran Coupe requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The A4 stops shorter than the 4 Series Gran Coupe:

 

A4

4 Series Gran Coupe

 

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4 Series Gran Coupe (245/40R18 vs. 225/45R18).

The A4’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s optional 40 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A4 is 1.1 inches wider in the front than on the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

The A4 Prestige Quattro handles at .90 G’s, while the 430i Gran Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Audi A4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Passenger Space Comparison

The A4 has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 4 Series Gran Coupe can only carry 2.

The A4 has 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the A4 offers cargo security. The 4 Series Gran Coupe’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A4 has standard extendable sun visors. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the A4 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the A4 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A4 will cost $1500 less than the 4 Series Gran Coupe over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the A4 is less expensive to operate than the 4 Series Gran Coupe because it costs $90 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the A4 than the 4 Series Gran Coupe, including $228 less for an alternator, $12 less for front brake pads, $535 less for a timing belt/chain and $164 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi A4 will be $4540 to $6098 less than for the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the A4 first among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 4 Series Gran Coupe was rated third.

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