2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2011 BMW
328i

2011 Audi A4 Premium

9.7

starting from

$33,175
"A car defined by a high-quality interior"
edmunds.com | talking about the A4's interior quality
"A decent-sized backseat and trunk"
edmunds.com | talking about the A4's seating

Reasons to buy the Audi A4 Premium

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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Good highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
2011 BMW 328i

9.2

Runner-up

BMW 328i

starting from

$37,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's value
"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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Average number of gears
6
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average 0-60 time
6.3 seconds
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Tighter turning radius
36.1 ft
Performance 8.1 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Almost the same, 36.1 ft vs 37.4 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • The A4 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The A4 Premium's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the A4 Premium's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for around 3x more stuff, 34.0 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3
  • A single tank lasts around 30% longer, 516 miles vs 403 miles
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $4,300 cheaper (more than 10% less), $33,175 vs $37,475
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.2

Performance

Audi
A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The 328i has an OK number of gears, while the A4 Premium has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The A4 Premium's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The A4 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 328i will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the A4 Premium
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 36.1 ft The 328i can make tight turns, and the A4 Premium is comparable to most other vehicles

Entertainment System

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A4 Premium
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2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The A4 Premium's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 328i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The A4 Premium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the A4 Premium's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the A4 Premium's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Practicality

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 516 miles vs 403 miles The A4 Premium has great highway range, but the 328i is very limited
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Cargo space 34.0 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 The A4 Premium has lots of cargo room, and the 328i is OK, too
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Optional vs Optional Both can be optionally configured with a rear seat that folds for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The A4 Premium's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $33,175 vs $37,475 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 17 mpg The A4 Premium has great city mileage and the 328i is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Road Tests

Audi
A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 6.3 seconds The 328i's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the A4 Premium is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.6 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 16.0 s s @ 91.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.88 g
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

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