2020 Audi A4 vs 2021 BMW 3 Series

2020 Audi A4
2020 Audi A4
$37,400MSRP
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2021 BMW 3 Series
2021 BMW 3 Series
$41,250MSRP
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2020 Audi A4
$37,400MSRP
Overview
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2021 BMW 3 Series
$41,250MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$37,400

MSRP

$41,250

Average price

$24,719

Average price

$31,162

Listings

119

Listings

2019
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

Expert reviews

6.8 out of 10
Pros
  • Multiple body styles
  • Great handling
  • Impressive technology
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard

2020 Audi A4 Reviews Summary

2021 BMW 3 Series Reviews Summary

Early generations of the BMW 3 Series redefined what a luxury car could be, justifying their prestige badge with sporty driving dynamics and impeccable engineering. BMW changed the luxury-car paradigm, proving that nimble sports sedans could be just as desirable as wood-encrusted land yachts.

The 3 Series spawned a number of imitators, including the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Lexus IS. Those sedans, along with the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac CT4, and Infiniti Q50 (which wear more recently-introduced nameplates) still form the 3 Series’ competitive set, but the car itself has changed.

Introduced for the 2019 model year, the current-generation 3 Series (codenamed G20) feels more like a traditional luxury sedan, with a greater emphasis on comfort and convenience than previous generations. The manual transmission is gone, as are the wagon and 3 Series GT hatchback body styles. The 3 Series coupe and convertible were re-badged as the 4 Series beginning with the 2014 model year.

The biggest change for the 2021 BMW 3 Series is the addition of the 330e plug-in hybrid model to the lineup, so that’s what we test drove for this review. BMW also offers 330i and M340i versions, and there’s an M3 performance model on the way.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 188 hp I4

Engine

2.0L 255 hp I4

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

RWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

188 hp @ 4200 rpm

Horsepower

255 hp @ 5000 rpm

MPG City

27

MPG City

26

MPG Highway

35

MPG Highway

36
2020 Audi A4
2020 Audi A4
$37,400MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2021 BMW 3 Series
2021 BMW 3 Series
$41,250MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2020 Audi A4
$37,400MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2021 BMW 3 Series
$41,250MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$37,400
$41,250
Average price
$24,719
$31,162
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.7
5.0
Expert reviews

6.8 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Multiple body styles
  • Great handling
  • Impressive technology
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
Summary

Early generations of the BMW 3 Series redefined what a luxury car could be, justifying their prestige badge with sporty driving dynamics and impeccable engineering. BMW changed the luxury-car paradigm, proving that nimble sports sedans could be just as desirable as wood-encrusted land yachts.

The 3 Series spawned a number of imitators, including the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Lexus IS. Those sedans, along with the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac CT4, and Infiniti Q50 (which wear more recently-introduced nameplates) still form the 3 Series’ competitive set, but the car itself has changed.

Introduced for the 2019 model year, the current-generation 3 Series (codenamed G20) feels more like a traditional luxury sedan, with a greater emphasis on comfort and convenience than previous generations. The manual transmission is gone, as are the wagon and 3 Series GT hatchback body styles. The 3 Series coupe and convertible were re-badged as the 4 Series beginning with the 2014 model year.

The biggest change for the 2021 BMW 3 Series is the addition of the 330e plug-in hybrid model to the lineup, so that’s what we test drove for this review. BMW also offers 330i and M340i versions, and there’s an M3 performance model on the way.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 188 hp I4
2.0L 255 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
RWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
188 hp @ 4200 rpm
255 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG City
27
26
MPG Highway
35
36
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