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

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The new BMW 4 Series Coupe is here and it will compete in the midsize two-door premium segment against similar offerings from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. …

The new BMW 4 Series Coupe is here and it will compete in the midsize two-door premium segment against similar offerings from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. BMW 4 Series Coupe aims to lure customers away from the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, two models that had a more recent refresh.

So why did we choose to compare the 4 Series against the E-Class Coupe? Just as in our previous comparison, we wanted to go with two models that are close in size and dimensions, and that are based on the mid-size sedans of their respective brand. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is based on the C-Class sedan, while the 4 Series uses the same platform as the F30 3 Series.

All three models are moving in a window in overall length of less than eight centimeters and are based on the mid-size sedans of their respective brand. Without a doubt that the C-Class Coupe is the “typical” competitor here, but from a design standpoint, we chose the E-Class Coupe for this exercise.

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The BMW 4 Series comes with a rear-wheel drive and xDrive setup, while the Audi A5 uses its renowned QUATTRO system. The E-Class Coupe is the only one from the bunch with a rear-wheel drive only setup.

Design wise each one of those three models have their own following. The Audi A5 stands out with a flashy, younger look that dominates the road with its oversize front-grille and road-focused LED headlights. The E-Class has the allure of a gentleman with fine, yet sharp and attractive lines that emphasize the sporty character of a two-door premium car. The new 4 Series, while moved away a bit from the concept car shown in Detroit, it still keeps the DNA of the brand with dynamic, aggressive and sporty lines, a lower and muscular stance, and a premium look.

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Inside, the typical comparison stands here as well. The Audi A5 is all about gadgetry-driven design and eye-candy,  an angle that the brand’s followers certainly enjoy. The E-Class Coupe is all about class, quality and craftsmanship, while not sacrificing the sporty angle of the car. The new 4 Series is quite a surprise for us. While the interior is similar to the F30 3 Series, there are still plenty of fine details that makes it stand out and differentiate itself from the sedan. High quality materials are used all-around, and additional gadgets like the iDrive Touch Controller are now available to order. The driver-oriented architecture is maintained not only within the exterior design, but also inside where the cockpit wraps around the drive. The standard eight-speed automatic gearbox comes with the wheel-mounted paddle shifters, but fans of the manual can always order the no-cost option.

If there is one thing that those cars share inside is the great sport seats, typical to a dynamic two-door vehicle.

Plenty of other details differentiate the three cars from each other, but we will turn it over to you to tell us what your thoughts.


Click on the photo gallery below for high-res photos:

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

  1. TheBingoBalls says:

    Again, I know the E-Class coupe is built off the C-Class chassis but they’re not in the same segment.

    As for the comparo, 4-Series, E-Class and then A5. A5 is just too vanilla looking, it lacks the feature lines the 4-Series and E-Class have and the headlights are just silly looking.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Yes, we know! Even stated that.

      • Guest says:

        Your reasoning is incoherent though. And you didn’t choose anything. You just got it like this from bimmertoday and because they are spectacularly stupid you had to go with it unless you were going to make that comparison yourself.

        • Horatiu B. says:

          Hilarious. Thanks for visiting. Go back to forums.

          We do quality articles and we started the whole comparison thing that everyone copied.

          • Guest says:

            So you didn’t get this from bimmdertoday? Eventhoughthe Pictures are exactly the same and the text is exactly the same only translated into english and they posted it before you?

          • Horatiu B. says:

            Bimmertoday is part of our website network also. We share things. What’s so hard to understand? We establish before what we wanna cover and why. Do you think would have been hard to do a photo comparison?

          • Guest says:

            What are you talking about? I said that you got this from bimmertoday, no judgement or whatever. I know you kinda belong together. Then you cried. And now you ask me whether i think it would have been hard for you to do it yourself?

          • Horatiu B. says:

            Language please. Faceless guest member

          • Jonathan says:

            a forum did a C-Class vs 4 series and here is what someone says:

            Perhaps the E Class Coupe is a fairer comparison?

            (The C class gets replaced before the end of the year)

            “Based on the pricing, and that BMW are going to produce a 2 series coupe, I think you are right.”

  2. Michael says:

    I have owned vehicles from all three brands. The Audi was undeniably the lowest quality of the three. This was evident in almost all aspects of comparison. The turbo lag was undesirable but very prevalent. The Mercedes was excellent and actually handled quite well though that handling was coupled with a solely luxurious driving experience. I considered purchasing an E coupe when they were first introduced, a launch edition to be exact, but the chassis and overall handling really left me with a feeling of disappointment. My BMW I would say has equal quality to the Mercedes but offers a different, more exciting and more balanced, driving experience. Also, the BMW brand is committed to only manufacturing premium vehicles. I cannot say the same of Mercedes and Audi and in fairness when you buy a vehicle you are in fact buying into the brand as well.

    • Guest says:

      I have to agree with you. Audi and Merc don’t only manufacture premium vehicles, but also true sportscars. Too bad BMW is unable to do that. In addition Mercedes is offering true Luxury cars under the Mercedes brand in the future. And right now still a true offroad car, not that x crap BMW offers. Which leaves me very disappointed with BMW because they have the smallest spectrum of car classes of those three manufacturers. They are ahead in marketing their cars as Lifestyle products though. So i guess BMW is the badgewhore’s choice.

      • Michael says:

        Sadly you didn’t comprehend what was written. Had you been able to retain and understand the aforementioned you would have understood that the point was rather that BMW produces, by far, a superior and more substantive product. As for the vehicles being ”lifestyle products”, that is undeniable. In no way should that be construed as a negative. In fairness I would say the same of Mercedes, at least as of now, as MB is constantly tarnishing their brand’s perception. If the idea that the perception of a brand might factor into a consumers choice to purchase a specific product has a negative stigma in your mind you may want to think introspectively to ascertain why that is. Maybe it’s because your an envious person who is dissatisfied with your financial shortcomings which places such products beyond your reach, so you have deemed ‘brand status’ as a negative so you can feel better about yourself? Just a guess.

        • Guest says:

          Haha i didn’t understand what was written? You don’t seem to understand sarcasm. Maybe read the Wikipedia article about sarcasm, particularly the section called “understanding”, then reread your post and mine?
          Also funny how you just ‘guess’ from Posts on the Internet that People who have different opinions than you are financially disadvantaged. Maybe it’s because your an envious person who is dissatisfied with the size of your penis which places confidence beyond your reach, so you have deemed ‘different opinions’ as a negative so you can feel better about yourself? Just a guess.

          • Michael says:

            Your crude response is indicative of someone whom cannot articulate a valid argument. Please stop capitalizing the first letter of words in the middle of sentences where it is not appropriate to do so, it makes it too easy to spot your incompetence. Also, my ‘guess’ was not simply based upon a difference of opinion. It was specifically relevant to your derogatory word choice, which spoke volumes. Had your financial position in the societal dichotomy not been relevant, it would not have been mentioned. That being said, your inappropriate and immature response simply furthers my initial assumptions.

          • Guest says:

            Dude, disqus changes what i write cause i’m not from an english speaking Country and i certainly won’t waste anymore time on you by correcting its mistakes. Also your Posts are the inappropriate ones. Mine were purely topical while you had to make your assupmtions, only because of your inability to detect sarcasm. And when i Show you your own stupidity by making that same assumption about your clearly very small penis that is immature? Man you gotta take a good look at yourself and realize how intellectually poor you are.

  3. FRED says:

    the 4 series concept would win this comparo easily…but this 4 series honestly No….

  4. Giom says:

    I’m always wondering what my opinions would have been if I landed on this planet from another planet. You know, completely objective. To be honest, I reacon, all three cars would look great and own something I’d want. But, since this is not the case, I draw on past experiences with sales people and driven experiences.
    In short, for me, the BMW takes the first place here due to a life time of comparing and admiring the brand. Also, it’s just darn good looking!

  5. emk says:

    You are subjective here. You put on MB normal headlamps.

  6. viper says:

    as for design the Merc e coupe (pre facelfted) looks the best , audi is a winner tho because now the merc lost the cool headlights (one of the few specal details) and does not look cool anymore , but still is way cooler than 4 series , in interior design audi wins a by far in my opinion ,

    • auaq says:

      “… in interior design Audi wins by far in my opinion.”

      Are you nuts? Perhaps in quality material, but in design ……. OH HELL NO!!!

      Looks outdated to me and kind of dull.

      • viper says:

        are YOU nuts? , quality of materials is alone enough to beat the bmw , the steering wheel looks way better designed , the whole audi interior is based on quality and small details , look at the graphics and the speedometer compared to 80’s bmw designs , not that anything is wrong with bmw it’s just outdated in some imprtant details

    • Guest says:

      Audi’s exterior look outdated already, too bland and uninspiring. Interior, on the other hand is quite nice.

  7. digivue says:

    I’d go with 4 series here. Although I like its interior the least, driving dynamics and more aggressive exterior styling overcome that.

  8. www_kosovoparty_com says:

    The back of the Mercedes looks a lot like BMWs in general. :D
    In my opinion BMW definitely got the best interior, and better exterior than Mercedes whereas compared to Audi for exterior I think they are very close.

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