When you're in the market for a new luxury sedan, you want to be certain that its capabilities suit your driving lifestyle early on. Some drivers may need better fuel economy while others could use the extra passenger space for their kids.

To help drivers near Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, MA, make an educated decision on a new car, Audi Peabody put together this handy guide. Continue reading if you want to get an in-depth look at the Audi A5 vs. BMW 4 Series debate.

 Audi A5  BMW 4 Series
 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque 25 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque
 3-zone automatic climate control standard automatic climate control

Power Rivalry

There are multiple engines offered for each of these sedans to please every type of driver. Standardly equipped in both the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The A5 also has an S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission with quattro® all-wheel drive. In the 4 Series, however, you forego the all-wheel drive and dual-clutch. These base level engines have similar power outputs, but Audi provides the biggest available engine out of the two luxury car manufacturers.

At the top end, the sport-tuned Audi RS 5 is fitted with a 2.9-liter TFSI® 6-cylinder biturbo engine capable of generating 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Although the BMW M4 is closely matched thanks to a 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder, it simply doesn't compete with up to 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.

Interior Conveniences & Design


Both the A5 and 4 Series have a robust number of comforts. You'll notice comparable features like 3-spoke sport steering wheels ready with paddle shifters as well as 10-way heated power-adjustable front seats with 4-way lumbar support. They also have floating-style roofs: the A5 with a panoramic roof, while the 4 Series has a 2-way moonroof.

Where they begin to differ is their standard air conditioning systems, as the Audi A5 natively has a 3-zone automatic climate control, and the 4 Series is set up with a standard automatic climate control.

There are other nice-to-have design elements in the A5, too, such as illuminated stainless steel door sill inlays with S badging in the coupe model, and aluminum Trimaran inlays on the door panels.

Safety Features

You'll find many of the same safety features between the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series, including a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 4-wheel anti-lock braking systems, and side impact airbags. Although their safety suites are alike in many ways, Audi has integrated a lot more driver-assistive features than BMW on the entry level trim. You'll see a post-crash system that will help mitigate collisions in the 4 Series, but the A5 takes it a step further.

Audi pre sense® basic and pre sense® city are standard, which means your vehicle is constantly being looked after to avoid accidental collisions. Pre sense® accomplishes this by closing the windows and sunroof and prepares the braking system for a quicker response. The city version can detect stationary objects and pedestrians at speeds of up to 52 MPH and can automatically apply braking in an emergency to help you avoid an impact.

Which Sport Sedan Will You Choose?

Our comparison of the Audi A5 vs. BMW 4 Series highlights the top features and specs of each vehicle. Both have multiple available engines, many interior comforts, and more than enough advanced safety features. While they're similarly equipped, the auto professionals at Audi Peabody welcome you to take this year's Audi A5 for a spin.

When you're ready to get behind the wheel of this luxury sedan around Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, MA, contact our showroom to schedule a test drive in the Audi A5.

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