2010 BMW 328i vs. 2010 Audi A5 2.0T Quattro vs. 2009 Infiniti G37 vs. 2010 Lexus IS350C – by Car and Driver

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U.S. automotive magazine, Car and Driver, continues their usual comparisons of some of the most popular premium automobiles. In their latest edition, C&D puts to …

2010 BMW 328i vs. 2010 Audi A5 2.0T Quattro vs. 2009 Infiniti G37 vs. 2010 Lexus IS350C   by Car and Driver

U.S. automotive magazine, Car and Driver, continues their usual comparisons of some of the most popular premium automobiles. In their latest edition, C&D puts to test the entry-level models in the premium compact car class: 2010 BMW 328i facelift, Audi A5 2.0T Quattro, Infiniti G37 and Lexus IS350C.

The above listed are all fine automobiles and one could be in difficulty when choosing a winner, but since one of them needs to prevail, Car and Driver chooses the …….well, let’s not spoil this and have a look at an excerpt from their comparison.

Let’s dispense with jingoism right here at the starting line. There aren’t any American entries in this four-seat-droptop derby because there aren’t any that fall into this price category. Okay, almost none. The base MSRP for Ford’s Shelby GT500—$53,575—does slide in below the as-tested ticket for one of our four contestants. But even though it has rear seats, the super-Mustang lacks an automatic-transmission option, whereas our four test cars were all self-shifters with manumatic function.

In our 2007 comparo, the Bimmer prevailed over an Audi by a similar points margin and for the same reasons. We cited a “parley of traditional BMW virtues: classic good looks, superior dynamics, autobahn ride quality, and an exceptional sense of partnership with its driver.”

So was it written, so is it now. Though there are some differences. For example, at 3820 pounds, that ’07 BMW weighed 105 pounds less than this one and was equipped with a manual transmission, which made it substantially quicker: 6.6 seconds to 60 compared with 7.3 seconds for the current car, the slowpoke of this roundup.

What does weight add to braking perform­ance? Distance. In 2007, our test car stopped from 70 mph in just 155 feet. In this comparison, the best the BMW could manage was 170 feet, although we should add that this number was best in test, recorded at a different venue. However, the tires—Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFTs, 225/40-18 front, 255/35-18 rear—are the same, and the latest car laid down a better skidpad number, 0.89 g versus 0.86, which topped the charts in this case.

If the Bimmer felt a little sluggish on the Nissan proving ground (altitude: about 1400 feet)—remember, however, that we correct our test results for atmospheric conditions—it was positively suckin’ wind on the high and winding highways west of Prescott. Yet that environment was precisely where the BMW established itself as top sun dog.

To be accurate, there were portents of the BMW’s dynamic edge before we got to mile-high territory. Not only was it best in braking and on the skidpad, it trumped the others in the lane-change exercise as well. So when the pace picked up, heading out toward the charmingly named Skull Valley, no one was really surprised when the BMW emerged as the car that was easiest to guide through fast corners, decreasing-radius turns, and rapid transitions.

It’s true that the Bimmer required more gearchanges than the others to keep up in the occasional straight stretches, and the manumatic responses of its six-speed automatic were somewhat casual (though this is true of all these transmissions). But when real driving resumed, the BMW was the pacesetter.

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A logbook comment summed it up: “There’s just something about the way the 3-series goes over the road that’s so magical, so connected, so involving.”

So, who comes next after the BMW 328i? Let’s have a look at their full review and photo gallery.

  • AJ

    328i and not 335i being compared in lineup vs G37 and 350c? Doesn’t make much sense IMO in HP comparisn. Maybe a fully loaded 328i costs as much as a g37 or 350c but tht just proves how much less power you get in a bimmer (low-mid 200hp) for the price of a 300+hp car.

    • X5SoB

      The fact that the 328i won against more powerful competition means that the more powerful engine is just icing on the cake. It just shows that the BMW is that good that they can charge a little more for their product. You know what they say, “if you have to ask the price…”

    • http://www.fku.com Zack

      I’d still take them bimmer.
      And I bet in Europe everyone would do the same.

  • http://www.netcarshow.com zighi

    not any good.

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  • Daniel H.

    BMW should lower there price on the 335i and replace the 328i with the 250hp 330i. The Lexus and Infiniti has more power for 40,000 dollars than the Audi and BMW. Even so, BMW seems to continue prevailng when it comes to the actual driving.

  • BMW Driver

    I will take the G37 in as much as I love the 3 series.

  • Babken

    BMW RULES AS ALWAYS. Just imagine what a serious advantage the 335 would have when put against these craps. But even a much weaker one beats the rest more powerful cars. One more testimony to the famous saying:
    The automobiles are divided into 2 groups:
    1. BMW
    2. The rest.

  • kcsnayud

    I second that.

  • rolren

    No wonder BMW is always the best, no matter what others try. BMW builds the BEST ENGINES ON EARTH.

  • Ralph Dennison

    Easy choice, buy anything other than a 3 series unless you are a trainee estate agent. In fact buy anything other than a BMW unless you are a complete twat with a small cock.

  • Alan

    I would never compare a BMW to any other car except for Mercedes . these two cars are the real deal .

  • Marilyn

    To reply to all of you i recently have been on the market for a convertible, i have gone to test drive the BMW, Infiiniti, Lexus and audi, all with sport packages, and so far the BMW had the most pick up, i really preferred the Lexus or audi by the looks of them the Audi A5 convertible is great although no hard top.as for the Lexus i was so disappointed this car sucked!!! This has been a hard decision for me , but i think i will go with either the Audi or BMW, any feedback helps, i’m also going through a leasing company and their pricing has beat all the dealers..has anyone herd of a place called Theleaseoutlet.com I have never leased before but it seems right and then i don’t have to deal with selling the car later.
    and they said they will deliver to my door!!

  • bob191

    as always bmw rulz….even though its expenisive than others but in this difference u wd get a btr performance, saftey systems, and btr after selling services. and these facts are the facts that attract a dealer

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