Between the 2021 Audi A4 and the 2021 BMW 3 Series alone, it's easy to find a luxury small car near Peabody, Danvers, or Beverly. However, both models have so much to offer that you may wonder which vehicle is right for you.

That's why the team at Audi Peabody put together this Audi A4 vs. BMW 3 Series comparison. We'll delve into the similarities and differences between these automobiles so you can make an informed decision.

Keep reading to learn more, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

2021 A4 vs 2021 3 Series: Performance Specs

With both the 2021 Audi A4 and the 2021 BMW 3 Series, you get a vehicle that strikes a nice balance between comfort and athleticism.

The A4 comes standard with a 2.0L Turbocharged TFSI® 4-cylinder engine that delivers up to 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Then there's the available 2.0L 40 TFSI® 4-cylinder engine, which helps the vehicle achieve an EPA-estimated 25 city/34 highway MPG.* Whether you want a car that emphasizes power or efficiency, you can get the right engine to satisfy your driving needs.

Furthermore, you can fully customize your experience on the road thanks to standard Audi drive select®. Choose from four modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual. With each one, you'll get a smooth and tailored drive that's made just for you.

The 3 Series has several different driving modes, too, that are similar to the ones found in the Audi. Unfortunately, they don't all come standard.

Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series: Interior Design & Amenities

With the 2021 A4 and the 2021 3 Series being luxury vehicles, you'll find all kinds of premium materials inside their respective cabins.

With the Audi, you'll find leather seats in the base trim along with heated front seats. The leather feels nice to the touch while the heating feature can keep you cozy on especially cold nights.

The BMW, meanwhile, offers leather upholstery but only in its higher trim levels. You'll need to upgrade to another trim level for heated front seats, too.

Both models offer heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel for the ultimate in comfort. You'll even find ventilated front seats in the A4 to help you quickly cool down on a hot summer day.

A4 vs 3 Series: Technologies

Furthermore, there are all kinds of technologies for connectivity and entertainment in both the A4 and the 3 Series.

For example, the Audi A4 comes standard with Apple CarPlay® and Google™ Android Auto™. Simply plug your phone into the vehicle's USB port to access your favorite apps right on the 10.1-inch MMI® center infotainment display.

The vehicle also offers an available Audi virtual cockpit, which features a high-resolution 12.3 screen, three display modes, and the ability to show your location in Google Earth™ or via a 3D map.

There's also an available 755-watt Bang & Olufsen® sound system with 3D sound and 19 standard speakers for a concert-like listening experience.

While the 3 Series does offer an advanced audio system, it maxes out at 205 watts and 10 speakers, so it doesn't even come close to the system found in the Audi.

Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series: Innovative Safety Features

With all the power these sedans provide, you're also going to need a plethora of driver-assistance safety features designed to act as a second set of eyes on the road ahead.

With the Audi A4, you'll get a wide variety of standard and available options to choose from. Some of these include:

  • Standard Audi pre sense® basic & Audi pre sense® city

These features help you mitigate or avoid collisions by utilizing vehicle sensors to monitor the traffic, pedestrians, and objects ahead. In the event of an emergency, they can initiate preventative measures, like applying braking pressure to reduce impact.

  • Standard High beam assist

The High beam assist feature delivers improved visibility for you and fellow drivers when traveling at night. It will automatically toggle between low and high beams depending on your surroundings.

  • Standard rearview camera

The rearview camera provides a virtual view of what's going on behind your A4 along with dynamic guidelines to assist while you're backing up.

  • Available Park assist

You'll have the ability to parallel park with ease thanks to the available Park assist feature. This system provides steering guidance when maneuvering into a perpendicular or parallel parking space while the driver simply controls the throttle and braking.

  • Available Audi adaptive cruise assist with Traffic Jam assist and Turn assist

This feature is ideal for highway commuters since it was designed to offer relief in congested traffic. This available feature will help you maintain a preset following distance from the vehicle ahead and can slow down or accelerate your sedan depending on the flow of traffic.

  • Available Top view camera system

The Top view camera system basically takes the standard rearview camera and kicks it up a notch by providing a Virtual 360 overhead view of your vehicle. This allows you to easily pull out of tight parking spots and driveways.

The BMW 3 Series offers some similar features as well, including two through its standard Active Guard system:

  • Standard Frontal Collison Warning
  • Standard Automatic City Collision Mitigation and Braking

That being said, when it comes to available driver-assistance safety features, the 3 Series simply can't compare. It doesn't offer similar features to the Audi A4 model's Top view camera system or Park assist.

Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series: Verdict

In this Audi A4 vs. BMW 3 Series comparison, the BMW is certainly a strong contender. However, it's the Audi that delivers a better overall performance, plus a longer list of features.

It helps to read about this vehicle when deciding on a new ride. However, getting behind the wheel can solidify whether the car works for your lifestyle in Peabody, Danvers, or Beverly, MA.

To do just that, schedule a test drive at Audi Peabody today. We look forward to showing you everything the 2021 A4 has to offer.

* EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See for details.

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