Photo Comparison: 2016 BMW 3 Series vs. 2017 Audi A4

3-Series | June 29th, 2015 by 5
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BMW 3 Series gets a new opponent: At the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, the new 2017 Audi A4 will make its world premiere. The Ingolstadt-based …

BMW 3 Series gets a new opponent: At the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, the new 2017 Audi A4 will make its world premiere. The Ingolstadt-based company released the first information and official photos of the middle-class premium sedan and touring.

The design of the new A4 remains true to itself and it’s an evolution of the current generation A4. It is more aggressive than its predecessor and looks much tighter. Safe or not, it’s definitely an improvement. Though, it’s the interior that gains the biggest improvements. With air vents that spread across the entire dash, reminiscent of German cars in the ‘70s, very simple aluminum touch-sensitive dials and tastefully placed wood trim, the new A4’s interior is a clinic in refined German simplicity.

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The fifth generation A4 uses the second generation of the Modular Longitudinal Platform (MLB) and should be up to 120 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.

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The A4 will pack a trio of 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinders. Two will be petrol-powered while the other will be an oil-burning diesel. The two gas engines will come in 190hp and 252hp flavors, each packing 236 lb-ft and 273 lb-ft of torque, respectively. The diesel engine will have 190hp as well, but pack 295 lb-ft punch of torque. The base engine will be available in front or all-wheel drive, while the more powerful petrol and diesel engines will most likely be Quattro all-wheel drive only. The only gearbox to be mentioned is Audi’s seven-speed dual clutch S-Tronic, but likely a manual will be offered as well.


Depending on the engine of choice, fuel consumption is up to 21 percent more efficient compared to the previous generation.

At the market launch in October, Audi will also offer the A4 Avant in addition to the sedan to take on the BMW 3 Series Touring. The combination provides a standard class load volume of 505-1510 liters, the BMW is 10 liters behind those values.


Here is a photo comparison of the two competitors:

[Source: Bimmertoday]

5 responses to “Photo Comparison: 2016 BMW 3 Series vs. 2017 Audi A4”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    The rear of the car does actually look better to me, especially with the Avant. It looks sportive yet pretty executive, and mature. Not too much, but enough to make you understand it’s a premium german sedan.
    The front though… Even though it looks better here that on the Q7 and the TT imo, it’s still not quite as good as what BMW does, let alone Jaguar. I think their actual design language is not good at all, i’m just not feeling it… The RS6 was gorgeous, and the RS3 looks really great, so i hope their RS models will set apart and look bonkers. But from what i’ve seen on the R8 i’m not sure at all… We’ll see.
    What is interesting is the weight saving, because the RS4 if they make it a Sedan and then the upcoming RS5 will return as serious competitors to the C63(S) and the M3, as well as the brand new Giulia QV and the upcoming XE SVR for the crown in the high performance compact sport sedan battle.

  2. CDspeed says:

    To be honest I haven’t really liked the design of the current 3-Series, I don’t know why, I just don’t care for it. The A4 looks good, I’m not in the market for a compact sport sedan, but I like the new A4 especially the Avant version.

  3. jason bourne says:

    The Audi will never win any awards with that gigantic maw of a grille.

  4. Jean says:

    Wow, what to say. A good comparison for this Audi A4 would be the previous Audi A4 facelift and spot 5 differences :-D From the side it looks identical as the previous model, unbelievable…..does Audi actually have a Design team? The BMW 3er looks so much more modern compared to this 10years recycled Audi design. I mean, the only change I see on the exterior is the headlights and the bigger grille and slightly changed taillights, for me this is not how to make a new car new looking. I dont want to say it looks bad, just dated compared to the 3er and the C-Klasse.

  5. joseph_rma says:

    With new architecture they could differentiate it from the previous model in term of design, but that’s not a big problem for me, as it’s German business. I simply don’t like Audi’s new agressive style, especially with the new TT and R8. Q7 is neither hit for me, as it’s more like a Touareg.
    And now, I am talking about back of this car, it seems more like A3 sedan with more angles, and A3 sedan is the car I simply don’t like.
    I am not hating Audi, just don’t find their way satisfying, but after all it’s German engineering which is the fact I appreciate.
    Audi is more elegant, but 3-series is more attractive to me. So I would simply take 3-series which is a car that suits most of average needs.

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