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.
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