2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Audi A4 Premium Competitors

$34k luxury car, designed & built in Germany 21 city / 31 hwy 361-533 mile range, gas engine
211 hp 122 cu. in. 4-cylinder turbo 3 stars stability control, ABS, child door locks

As well as being compared against other luxury cars, the 2011 Audi A4 Premium is also often compared to mid-size SUVs, cars and sports cars. The 2011 Audi A4 Premium's top rivals come from Lexus (such as the IS 250 and the IS F ) and Mazda (such as the 6 i Sport and the 6 i Touring)

compared to luxury car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the A4 Premium compared to other luxury car competitors include: it has optional rear air conditioning (optional vs not available), is slightly more fuel efficient in the city (21 mpg vs 16 mpg), is slightly more fuel efficient on the highway (31 mpg vs 24 mpg), costs less ($34,075 vs $60,025) and gets slightly more from a tank of gas in the city (361 miles vs 304 miles).

However, on average it is slightly more sluggish (17.2 lb/hp vs 12.0 lb/hp), has slightly fewer airbags (5 vs 6), is slightly less powerful (211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 350 HP @ 6,800 RPM), slightly slower 0-60 time (7.2 seconds vs 4.9 seconds) and slightly longer braking distance from 60mph (140 ft vs 129 ft).

2011 Lexus IS 250

2011 Lexus IS 250
$34,170

Significant advantages of the IS 250 (vs the A4 Premium)

  • More airbags: 6 vs 5
  • Shorter braking distance from 60mph: 129 ft vs 140 ft
  • Tighter turning radius: 33.5 ft vs 37.4 ft

Significant disadvantages of the IS 250 (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Rear air conditioning not available
  • Only has all-wheel drive: rear-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
  • Significantly less cargo room: 13.0 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3

common strengths of the IS 250 and A4 Premium

  • Inexpensive: $34,170 vs $34,075
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • People mover: 5 vs 5
arrow Compare the 2011 Lexus IS 250 vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Lexus IS F

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$61,535

Significant advantages of the IS F (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Significantly more powerful: 416 HP @ 6,600 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM
  • Significantly higher top speed: 170 mph vs 130 mph
  • Sportier performance: 9.1 lb/hp vs 17.2 lb/hp

Significant disadvantages of the IS F (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Rear air conditioning not available
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 389 miles vs 533 miles
  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 23 mpg vs 31 mpg

common strengths of the IS F and A4 Premium

  • Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Child door locks come standard
arrow Compare the 2011 Lexus vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Audi A6 4.2

2011 Audi A6 4.2
$60,025

Significant advantages of the A6 4.2 (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Paddle shifters comes standard
  • Significantly more powerful: 350 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM
  • Sportier performance: 12.0 lb/hp vs 17.2 lb/hp

Significant disadvantages of the A6 4.2 (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Rear air conditioning not available
  • Worse highway mileage: 24 mpg vs 31 mpg
  • Significantly less cargo room: 15.9 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3

common strengths of the A6 4.2 and A4 Premium

  • Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions: all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
  • Good highway range: 506 miles vs 533 miles
  • People mover: 5 vs 5
arrow Compare the A6 4.2 vs the A4 Premium

2011 Audi S4

2011 Audi S4
$47,975

Significant advantages of the S4 (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Rear air conditioning comes standard
  • Sportier performance: 11.5 lb/hp vs 17.2 lb/hp
  • More powerful: 333 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM

Significant disadvantages of the S4 (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Significantly less cargo room: 12.0 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3
  • More trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 456 miles vs 533 miles
  • Entertainment system not available

common strengths of the S4 and A4 Premium

  • Both cars can maintain different temperature zones with rear air conditioning, but it comes standard on the {better}
  • Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions: all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 5 stars
arrow Compare the S4 vs the A4 Premium

2011 Audi S6

2011 Audi S6
$78,275

Significant advantages of the S6 (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Much more powerful: 435 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM
  • Sportier performance: 10.3 lb/hp vs 17.2 lb/hp
  • Paddle shifters comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the S6 (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Rear air conditioning not available
  • Power mirrors not available
  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 21 mpg vs 31 mpg

common strengths of the S6 and A4 Premium

  • Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions: all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
  • People mover: 5 vs 5
  • Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
arrow Compare the S6 vs the A4 Premium

2011 Lexus ES 350

2011 Lexus ES 350
$37,600

Significant advantages of the ES 350 (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Many more airbags: 7 vs 5
  • CD changer comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the ES 350 (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Rear air conditioning not available
  • Only has all-wheel drive: front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
  • Higher risk of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 5 stars

common strengths of the ES 350 and A4 Premium

  • Inexpensive: $37,600 vs $34,075
  • Good highway range: 500 miles vs 533 miles
  • People mover: 5 vs 5
arrow Compare the 2011 Lexus ES 350 vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

compared to mid-size SUV competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the A4 Premium compared to mid-size SUV competitors include: it is slightly more fuel efficient in the city (21 mpg vs 18 mpg), is much more fuel efficient on the highway (31 mpg vs 23 mpg), gets slightly more from a tank of gas in the city (361 miles vs 319 miles), gets significantly more from a tank of gas on the highway (533 miles vs 420 miles) and has smoother suspension (independent vs live).

However, on average it has much less cargo space (34.0 ft3 vs 66.8 ft3), is slightly less powerful (211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 260 HP @ 5,600 RPM), has slightly less spacious front seats (53.1 ft3 vs 58.5 ft3), has slightly less spacious back seats (41.5 ft3 vs 46.0 ft3) and slightly longer braking distance from 60mph (140 ft vs 133 ft).

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion
$30,990

Significant advantages of the Tiguan SE 4Motion (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Significantly more cargo room: 56.1 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3
  • Roof rails comes standard
  • : Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission

Significant disadvantages of the Tiguan SE 4Motion (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 25 mpg vs 31 mpg
  • Higher risk of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 5 stars
  • Significantly more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 420 miles vs 533 miles

common strengths of the Tiguan SE 4Motion and A4 Premium

  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle: Turbocharger vs Turbocharger
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 5 stars
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times: 7.7 seconds vs 7.2 seconds
arrow Compare the 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser
$27,780

Significant advantages of the FJ Cruiser (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Much more cargo room: 66.8 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3
  • Much roomier front seats: 58.5 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3
  • Better road traction: four-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive

Significant disadvantages of the FJ Cruiser (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 20 mpg vs 31 mpg
  • Higher risk of rolling over during emergency lane change: 3 stars vs 5 stars
  • Rougher suspension: Live vs Independent

common strengths of the FJ Cruiser and A4 Premium

  • Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
  • More gears: 6 vs 6
arrow Compare the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
$26,940

Significant advantages of the Santa Fe (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Much more cargo room: 78.2 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3
  • Much roomier front seats: 59.0 ft3 vs 53.1 ft3
  • Significantly roomier back seats: 49.4 ft3 vs 41.5 ft3

Significant disadvantages of the Santa Fe (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 26 mpg vs 31 mpg
  • Higher risk of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 5 stars

common strengths of the Santa Fe and A4 Premium

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 26 mpg vs 31 mpg
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 5 stars
  • Longer basic warranty: 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
arrow Compare the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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$43,375

Significant advantages of the Q5 Premium Plus (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Significantly more cargo room: 57.3 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3
  • Significantly more airbags: 6 vs 5
  • Significantly shorter braking distance from 60mph: 130 ft vs 140 ft

Significant disadvantages of the Q5 Premium Plus (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 23 mpg vs 31 mpg
  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Keyless entry not available

common strengths of the Q5 Premium Plus and A4 Premium

  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 5 stars
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times: 7.1 seconds vs 7.2 seconds
  • Longer basic warranty: 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
arrow Compare the Q5 Premium Plus vs the A4 Premium

compared to car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the A4 Premium compared to car competitors include: it has significantly more cargo space (34.0 ft3 vs 13.2 ft3), has a significantly longer-lasting basic warranty (4 year vs 3 year), has a significantly longer basic warranty (50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile), has better traction (all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive) and has an auxiliary audio input jack.

However, on average it less safe in head-on collisions for the driver (3 stars vs 5 stars), less safe in side collisions for the driver (4 stars vs 5 stars), slightly wider turning radius (37.4 ft vs 17.1 ft), slightly longer braking distance from 60mph (140 ft vs 126 ft) and doesn't have CD changer (not available vs optional).

2011 Mazda 6 i Sport

2011 Mazda 6 i Sport
$21,785

Significant advantages of the 6 i Sport (vs the A4 Premium)

  • : Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission

Significant disadvantages of the 6 i Sport (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Only has all-wheel drive: front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Rear air conditioning not available

common strengths of the 6 i Sport and A4 Premium

  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Good highway range: 574 miles vs 533 miles
  • Child door locks come standard
arrow Compare the 2011 Mazda 6 i Sport vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2012 Honda Civic DX

2012 Honda Civic DX
$17,375

Significant advantages of the Civic DX (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Significantly better highway mileage: 39 mpg vs 31 mpg
  • Better city mileage: 28 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • Significantly shorter braking distance from 60mph: 126 ft vs 140 ft

Significant disadvantages of the Civic DX (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Front air conditioning not available
  • Worse brakes
  • Lacks auxiliary audio input jack

common strengths of the Civic DX and A4 Premium

  • Good highway range: 515 miles vs 533 miles
  • Child door locks come standard
arrow Compare the 2012 Honda Civic DX vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Mazda 3 i Touring

2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
$19,745

Significant advantages of the 3 i Touring (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Much tighter turning radius: 17.1 ft vs 37.4 ft
  • Safer in head-on crashes for the driver: 5 stars vs 3 stars
  • Safer in side crashes for the driver: 5 stars vs 4 stars

Significant disadvantages of the 3 i Touring (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Less safe in side crashes for passengers in the rear: 2 stars vs 5 stars
  • Only has all-wheel drive: front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger

common strengths of the 3 i Touring and A4 Premium

  • Child door locks come standard
  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
arrow Compare the 2011 Mazda 3 i Touring vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i
$20,720

Significant advantages of the Legacy 2.5i (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Safer in head-on crashes for the driver: 4 stars vs 3 stars
  • Significantly shorter braking distance from 60mph: 121 ft vs 140 ft
  • Safer in side crashes for the driver: 5 stars vs 4 stars

Significant disadvantages of the Legacy 2.5i (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Rear air conditioning not available
  • Significantly shorter basic warranty: 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile

common strengths of the Legacy 2.5i and A4 Premium

  • Both have good drivetrains for driving off-road or in poor weather: all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Child door locks come standard
arrow Compare the 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2012 Ford Focus S

2012 Ford Focus S
$17,295

Significant advantages of the Focus S (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Much shorter braking distance from 60mph: 110 ft vs 140 ft
  • More airbags: 6 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the Focus S (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Worse brakes
  • Only has all-wheel drive: front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger

common strengths of the Focus S and A4 Premium

  • Child door locks come standard
  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
arrow Compare the 2012 Ford Focus S vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Honda Accord EX-L

2011 Honda Accord EX-L
$30,525

Significant advantages of the Accord EX-L (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Safer in head-on crashes for the driver: 5 stars vs 3 stars
  • Significantly shorter braking distance from 60mph: 125 ft vs 140 ft
  • Significantly fewer trips to fill-up when driving on the highway: 629 miles vs 533 miles

Significant disadvantages of the Accord EX-L (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Only has all-wheel drive: front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive
  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Rear air conditioning not available

common strengths of the Accord EX-L and A4 Premium

  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Good highway range: 629 miles vs 533 miles
  • Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
arrow Compare the 2011 Honda Accord EX-L vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

compared to sports car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the A4 Premium compared to sports car competitors include: it has a turbocharger to get maximum performance from the engine (turbocharger vs none), is slightly more fuel efficient in the city (21 mpg vs 16 mpg), is significantly more fuel efficient on the highway (31 mpg vs 23 mpg), gets much more from a tank of gas in the city (361 miles vs 272 miles) and gets much more from a tank of gas on the highway (533 miles vs 389 miles).

However, on average it is slightly less powerful (211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM), significantly slower 0-60 time (7.2 seconds vs 5.4 seconds), much longer braking distance from 60mph (140 ft vs 104 ft), significantly slower 1/4 mile time (15.6 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph) and slightly lower top speed (130 mph vs 155 mph).

2011 Mazda RX-8 Sport

2011 Mazda RX-8 Sport
$27,590

Significant advantages of the RX-8 Sport (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Much shorter braking distance from 60mph: 117 ft vs 140 ft
  • Sportier performance: 13.2 lb/hp vs 17.2 lb/hp
  • Tighter turning radius: 34.8 ft vs 37.4 ft

Significant disadvantages of the RX-8 Sport (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Much less cargo room: 7.6 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3
  • Much worse highway mileage: 22 mpg vs 31 mpg

common strengths of the RX-8 Sport and A4 Premium

  • Inexpensive: $27,590 vs $34,075
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Both have power outlets
arrow Compare the 2011 Mazda RX-8 Sport vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
$34,720

Significant advantages of the Impreza WRX STI (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Significantly shorter braking distance from 60mph: 123 ft vs 140 ft
  • Significantly faster 0-60 mph time: 5.4 seconds vs 7.2 seconds
  • Significantly faster 1/4 mile time: 13.8 s s @ 101.0 mph mph vs 15.6 s s @ 92.0 mph mph

Significant disadvantages of the Impreza WRX STI (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Much less cargo room: 11.3 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3
  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 23 mpg vs 31 mpg
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 389 miles vs 533 miles

common strengths of the Impreza WRX STI and A4 Premium

  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle: Turbocharger vs Turbocharger
  • Inexpensive: $34,720 vs $34,075
  • A standard folding rear seat on the {better} is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the {worse}
arrow Compare the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium

2012 Ford Mustang GT

2012 Ford Mustang GT
$30,105

Significant advantages of the Mustang GT (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Much shorter braking distance from 60mph: 104 ft vs 140 ft
  • Much faster 1/4 mile time: 12.7 s s @ 111.3 mph mph vs 15.6 s s @ 92.0 mph mph
  • Much faster 0-60 mph time: 4.4 seconds vs 7.2 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Mustang GT (vs the A4 Premium)

  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Rougher suspension: Live vs Independent
  • Much less cargo room: 13.4 ft3 vs 34.0 ft3

common strengths of the Mustang GT and A4 Premium

  • Inexpensive: $30,105 vs $34,075
  • A standard folding rear seat on the {better} is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the {worse}
  • Both have power outlets
arrow Compare the 2012 Ford Mustang GT vs the 2011 Audi A4 Premium