2011 Audi
A4 Premium
vs. 2011 Kia
Optima LX

2011 Audi A4 Premium

9.4

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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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Power windows
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Cruise control
Standard
2011 Kia Optima LX

9.2

Runner-up

Kia Optima LX

starting from

$19,950
"Audio quality is balanced with a nice neutral sound ."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the Optima's stereo
"Great combination of power, handling, safety and fuel economy."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the Optima's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Optima LX

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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Average number of gears
6
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Very spacious front seats
60.2 ft3
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Fantastic range on the highway
648 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Audi A4 Premium Winner: A4 Premium
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  • Almost the same
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.8
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
  • Almost the same
Performance 8.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Optima LX Winner: Optima LX
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • Almost the same, 35.8 ft vs 37.4 ft
  • Almost the same, 16.0 lb/hp vs 16.7 lb/hp
Crash Test Ratings 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Optima LX Winner: Optima LX
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  • The Optima LX has 3.9x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Cost 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Optima LX Winner: Optima LX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 10,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • The best price we've seen is $13,225 cheaper (around 40% less), $19,950 vs $33,175
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Optima LX in particular gets exceptional range
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Overall 9.4 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Kia Optima LX Kia
Optima LX
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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 Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the A4 Premium's power seats; not available on the Optima LX
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the A4 Premium; the Optima LX only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Kia Optima LX Kia
Optima LX
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The A4 Premium has more speakers, but the Optima LX has very few
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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 Optima LX does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the A4 Premium, you can upgrade to 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

Performance

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Kia Optima LX Kia
Optima LX
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 200 HP @ 6,300 RPM Average power
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Optima LX 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, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.7 lb/hp vs 16.0 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 35.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

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A4 Premium
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs 5 stars The better is 3.9x safer than the A4 Premium
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 6% to 10% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Kia Optima LX Kia
Optima LX
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MSRP $33,175 vs $19,950 The Optima LX has a great price and the A4 Premium is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 24 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Optima LX in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 5 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Optima LX in particular is extraordinary

Safety Features

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A4 Premium
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Optima LX
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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 None

Practicality

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Kia Optima LX Kia
Optima LX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 516 miles vs 648 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Optima LX in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 34.0 ft3 vs 15.4 ft3 The A4 Premium has lots of cargo room and the Optima LX is pretty good
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front seats 53.1 ft3 vs 60.2 ft3 The Optima LX has very spacious front seats, and the A4 Premium is OK
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the Optima LX is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the A4 Premium
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The A4 Premium offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Optima LX
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Optima LX has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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A4 Premium
2011 Audi A4 Premium
2011 Kia Optima LX Kia
Optima LX
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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 9.2 seconds The A4 Premium's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Optima LX is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 121 ft The Optima LX has above average braking ability, but the A4 Premium is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.6 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 16.9 s s @ 84.2 mph mph The A4 Premium's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Optima LX's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

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