Photo Comparison: BMW 4 Series Coupe vs. Audi A5 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

4-Series, Featured Posts | December 6th, 2012 by 30
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Today, BMW steps into a new segment where the differentiation between similar vehicles are made at the numbering level. Following Audi’s steps, BMW splits the …

Today, BMW steps into a new segment where the differentiation between similar vehicles are made at the numbering level. Following Audi’s steps, BMW splits the 3 Series family into separate offerings: the 3 Series Sedan and sports wagon remains under the old nomenclature, while the coupe and convertible variants get a new name – 4 Series.

The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe adds a new dimension to the qualities of the BMW 3 Series Coupe in terms of aesthetics, dynamics and elegance.

The latest addition to a nomenclature that sees BMW building on the fine tradition of its large BMW 6 Series and BMW 8 Series Coupes, the “4” stands for greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation from the BMW 3 Series range.

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In the photo comparison below, the 4 Series takes on the aforementioned Audi A5 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.

The Audi A5 starts at $37,850 with a 211 hp 2.0 turbo TFSI motor and quattro all-wheel drive but can be
optioned all the way to a RS5 450-horsepower version that has a 0-60 mph of 4.5 sec and a top speed of 174 mph. The RS5 starts a $69,975 and is targeted at BMW’s M version of the 4 Series, M4, that will come to market in 2014.

See our technical comparison of these vehicles

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The C-Class Coupes – the C250, C350, and C63 AMG Coupe has an MSRP which ranges from $37,800 for the C250 Coupe that comes with a 1.8L turbo charged 4 cylinder with 201 horsepower, all the way to a MSRP of $62,330 for a normally aspirated 6.3L AMG V8 that produces 451 hp, 443 lb-ft of Torque.

Visually all these competing models have a certain appeal that can and are catering to a wide range of customers, some may enjoy the sportiness and dynamics of the 4 Series (just in concept form for now) or the fluid lines and interior luxury of the A5 and the classic design of the C-Class Coupe.

We put together a photo gallery that visually compares these three models. As always, we are offering you the option to vote on the best side and we encourage you to tell us your thoughts in the comments box below.

[poll id=”117″] [Source: Bimmertoday]

30 responses to “Photo Comparison: BMW 4 Series Coupe vs. Audi A5 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe”

  1. realtrevor says:

    That is not a C-Class but an E-Class.

    • Alen R says:

      yeah, the C class coupe Mercedes has a Hoffmeister kink at the rear…

    • Artem says:

      Yes, that’s in E-Class in some photos

      • Horatiu says:

        E-Class Coupe is based on C-Class like A5 is based on A4 and 4-Series is based on the F30

        • Ivan says:

          The E-Class Coupe is based on the E-Class sedan. The C-Class Coupe is based on the C-Class Sedan. They are not related.

          • dROps says:

            Both E and C Coupes are based on the w204 (C Class 2007-present) chassis, look it up. The only thing related to the E Sedan is the name and some styling cues, in E Coupes case. The rest is marketing :)

          • lmaowtfdude says:

            The E Coupe is not a 4 series rival, it’s much closer to the 6 series, given that an E550 Convertible is over 80K and a E550 Coupe is 70K.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            Guys. This was photo compare. Nothing more

        • TheBingoBalls says:

          Be that as it may, at least change the headline to accurately describe the article. Also, while the E-Class is still built on the W204 chassis, it doesn’t compete because you think it does – the C-Class coupe is still the main competitor and is priced accordingly. The E-Class coupe is almost 20k more than the E92 3-Series so clearly it’s not the main rival.

          And in case you guys were estimating that the F32 will have a huge premium over the F30, rumors suggest that it will keep the same pricing structure as the E90/E92. Regardless, comparing the E-Class to the A5 and F32 is useless – they’re not in the same market.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            Rumors by Scott27 for European market? We know better than to read into those. We learned to use common sense sometimes. And I am willing to bet on a $5000 increase.

          • TheBingoBalls says:

            Yes, we should definitely take rumors with a grain of salt but the same was said about the F10 M5 pricing. We all assumed given the price increase of BMW’s models, the F10 was surely to increase in price as well given the technical specs but rumors started that there would be no significant change in price. At the end, the rumor was correct – in some cases, pricing was either the same or less than the E60 M5 so there’s a bit of validity.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            I’m not saying I’m right, but if the price increase is that small, then what was the point of splitting the models?

          • TheBingoBalls says:

            Perhaps at base, there won’t be much that differs. Maybe the “premium” of the 4-Series will come in the options if the interior of the concept is anything to go by.

            Also, Audi never had a A4 coupe so by making the A5 their coupe, it was a “new” model to them, justifying the premium price increase. We all know the 4-Series isn’t anything special, it’s a 3-Series rebadged so unless BMW included some serious options as standard, I don’t see how they could charge a 5k+ premium if it’s the same as the F30 minus two doors. So that’s another way of looking at it.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            Btw. It’s more of a styling comparison. Not pricing.

  2. Endras BMW says:

    You’re using images of the E Class Coupe :)

  3. bmwracer says:

    The 4-Series profile is really nice, but I’m not diggin’ the below bumper nonsense in the front and back at all… Too busy and over-engineered.

  4. Autolover says:

    It is yet to be seen whether this new BMW is better than competitors or is such a hopeless loser like the 650xi Gran Coupe which is much slower on a dragstrip than the 420hp Audi S7 and even the 400hp CLS 550. Simply pathetic!!!

  5. TM says:

    Not to mention the fact that it looks like that is a mock-up of an M4 (unless fender vents and crazy aero packages are standard on all models now) and you are comparing it against two base model cars, a lowly A5 and something that isn’t even the C-Class coupe you claim it to be.

  6. viper says:

    IF only bmw looked exactly like that!….no , it’s concept is as usual way over its head , the key elemnts will change here , front bumper (which looks cool here) , the complete rear end , in bmw tradition they make the car look too ordinary

  7. emthree says:

    The four is in another class. I cant believe how old the other two look

  8. James says:

    LOL That’s an e-class in the photos. #corrections.

  9. Guest says:

    E-Class, C-Class, both are ugly…

  10. dardata says:

    Am I just getting older! Barring the Italia 458, E46 M3, G35 coupe, E60 w/M package, GTR and the distinguished RS5 – cars are just blah and all look related to each other. I’m also seeing a trend with cars looking more feminine. This 4 series looks ok, but it too is being emasculated!

    These glamour shots of cars are no different than glamour shots of females, so I’ll wait til I see the 4 in person before I pass final judgement – but something tells me it wont be my type.

  11. dddsss says:

    this mercedes-benz is not a competitor to this bmw and audi. bmwblog, shame on you… youre making it easier for yourself :)))

  12. dddsss says:

    this mercedes-benz is not a competitor to this bmw and audi. bmwblog, shame on you… youre making it easier for yourself :)))

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