2016 Audi A4 vs. 2016 BMW 320i

If you are in the market for a mid-size sedan, chances are that you will be torn between the 2016 Audi A4 and the 2016 BMW 320i, especially if you are interested in German-made automobiles. Both vehicles have a lot to offer, and their previous iterations have also shown that they hold their value well over time. However, when selecting between the Audi and the BMW, there are a few features that will give the Audi an edge for most car buyers.

Design & Style

The 2016 Audi A4 and the 2016 BMW 320i are both undoubtedly good-looking vehicles. However, there are some styling and design cues that give the Audi an edge over the BMW. While the BMW has a more aggressive front and features a slightly curvier appearance, the Audi has a sharper, crisper look which makes it decidedly fresher.

The interiors of both the BMW and the Audi are both impressive. The 2016 BMW 320i features an ergonomic cabin which not only feels good but also looks good. Features such as the leather seats and dashboard are made of premium materials. However, you are likely to find the Audi a more comfortable car to be in.

The 2016 Audi A4's cabin is made of similar premium materials as the BMW, but it has a more modern and fresh feel to it. A noticeable feature that puts the Audi's interior ahead of the BMW's is the Audi Virtual Cockpit, one of the best gauge clusters in the market at this price range.

Technology & Safety

Value for money is definitely an important criterion when choosing between the 2016 Audi A4 and the 2016 BMW 320i. Both vehicles have excellent safety features such as ABS, Stability Control, Traction Control and more as standard. However, the new Audi A4 offers more in the way of safety features, trumping the BMW.

These include a superior front crash prevention mitigation program, as well as easy to use child seat anchors. Audi has also been a pioneer in headlight design, with optional LED Beam headlights which offer excellent low and high beam visibility.

As you would expect, both cars offer technology such as Bluetooth and GPS as standard. The full HD Google Maps facility in the Audi is hands down superior to most other vehicles' systems, the BMWs included. It is also generally easier to use the technology in the Audi, such as plugging in your phone via Bluetooth.

Performance

The 2016 BMW 320i has a 2.0L inline 4 rear wheel drive engine on the basic model. This provides a city and highway fuel economy of 24 and 36 mpg respectively. The base BMW engine has a power output of 180 horsepower at 5,000 RPM, and 200 ft-lbs. of torque at 1250 RPM.

The Audi has more options in terms of engine choice, providing both diesel and gas engines. The base engine for the 2016 Audi A4 is a 2.0L inline 4 engine which produces 40 more horsepower compared to the BMW, at 220hp at 4450 RPM. The Audi also has a higher torque rating at 258 ft-lbs at 1500 RPM.

The Bottom Line

All in all, the 2016 Audi A4 is more powerful, more comfortable and more good looking compared to the 2016 BMW 320i, which makes it the better option if you are choosing between the two. What's more, the Audi is more fun to drive, and offers much better value for money.

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