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Video Review: 2012 BMW 328i vs. 2012 Audi A4 2.0T, 2012 Infiniti G25, 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport, 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

3-Series | May 9th, 2012 by 7
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Car and Driver aims to find out what is the best entry-level luxury sports sedan and what’s a better way than driving comparable models from …

Car and Driver aims to find out what is the best entry-level luxury sports sedan and what’s a better way than driving comparable models from the premium brands: BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Infiniti. The Volvo S60 T6 AWD is thrown in the mix as well.

So, here we have the 2012 BMW 328i vs. 2012 Audi A4 2.0T, 2012 Infiniti G25, 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport, 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD.

With the new generation F30 328i, BMW moved away from the six-cylinder engine and into the era of four-cylinder turbocharged units. Initially the move was received with skepticism by consumers and BMW fans, but recent tests have proven that the four-banger is a phenomenal unit.

The 2.0 liter I4 makes 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, compared with 230 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque found in the previous E90 328i.

The C250 from Mercedes is now powered by a turbocharged 201-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder instead of a 228-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 found in previous iteration. Torque is now up to 229 lb-ft.

The 2012 Audi A4 has embraced four-cylinder power since the 1997 model, but the 2012 model makes use of turbocharging and direct fuel injection to produce 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter unit.

Infiniti and Volvo are the only two brands in this pack to still use a six-cylinder engine. The Infiniti G25’s 2.5-liter V-6 produces 218 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque, while the Volvo S60 T6 is powered by a 300-hp, 325 lb-ft of torque, 3.0-liter turbocharged-and-intercooled inline-six.

Some of you might already be asking the question: is BMW still king in its class? Let’s find out.

Print review can be found here as well.

  • bmw SUCKS

    Interesting. Just look at the awful stopping distance of bmw, and how Mercedes-Benz C-Class destroys it on the track, and they say that rubbish called bmw is still the best of the bunch. Simply ridiculous. Anyway, all the tests so far proved that the C-Class doesn’t leave a chance to the pathetic 3 series peformance-wise .It’s just the engine that speaks in favour of bmw. But the C-Class chassis kicks the gayish 3 Series ass badly.
    BRAVO, MERCEDES-BENZ!!!!!
    bmw, you’re for losers.AS ALWAYS!!!!!

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  • Mateo

    all i can say : fantastic, i just read inside line and they say f30 have body roll!

    we all know what that means! also, every good car is better on road than on track, for example new m5 is huge boat and you can’t drive it fast wwithout cutting track on roads.

    i like f30 more and more

  • http://twitter.com/135Misha Misha Nikolich

    The new 328i F30 is a great package offering everyday driving fun and comfort. The braking and skid pad figures surprised me a bit compared to the competition. Over the years BMW has been well known for great braking. Yet in this test, it took nearly 30 more feet to stop from 70-0. I wonder if the skid pad numbers would’ve been better with a wider staggered wheel/tire set up…

  • cs4444

    The 3 series had all-season run-flat tires with low-rolling-resistance rubber designed to improve fuel economy. Basically the least performance orientated tires possible. I bet with summer performance tires ” like the Audi had” the 3 series would have easily put up the best numbers.

  • nrborod

    wonder how the s60 T5 w/Dynamic package would have stacked up?–it’s 300 lb lighter than the the T6….

  • Jay

    BMW take all the four cylinder engines out of USA cars, put them in your Mini Cooper cars where they belong.. I have one, hate it, It rattles, it doesn’t get that good of mileage and I’m sure it will have more problems than the good NA 6 cylinder. Sad, this is my 3rd and last 3 series. I refuse to pay extra for the engine that car should come with. .

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