2020 Audi A4 Vs 2020 BMW 3 series: Clash of the "Titans"

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Aaron Smith

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May 17, 2020 at 08:52 AM

There is a direct rivalry between the Audi A4 and the BMW 330i XDrive. On papers, the two cars might not look that different, but they can trade in punches all day long when it comes to comparison. But which is better Audi A4 or BMW 3 series?

Audi has always been an embodiment of luxury and practicality in the automotive world. The A4 has been around since 1994 and has never ceased to impress us with its charismatic personality and performance. The biggest rival to German automotive giants is yet another German, the BMW. 

2020 Audi A4

But which is better Audi A4 or BMW 3 series? This is one question that has haunted many people all around the globe. So let’s try and settle this duel for once and for all. Let’s see what both the cars have to offer and which can be a better companion? 

Engine & Performance

The 2020 Audi A4 comes as standard with a 2.0L Inline-4 cylinder turbocharged engine that pushes out 248 HP @ 5000 revs and 273 lb-ft or torques @ 1600 revs. Along with this immaculate engine, you also get a dual-clutch 7 Speed S Tronic Automatic transmission. Although you can choose between a front-wheel-drive setup and the Quattro all-wheel-drive, we recommend the Quattro system as an optional extra. The All-Wheel-Drive Quattro system of Audi is a jewel in itself and a pleasure to drive. 


Audi A4 Prestige 45 TFSI

BMW 330i xDrive





2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged inline-4


7-Speed S-Tronic Dual Clutch Automatic

8-Speed Sport Automatic




Power output(hp)

248 @ 5000 rpm

255 @ 5000 rpm


273 @ 1600 rpm

295 @ 1550 rpm

The BMW 330i breathes out 255 horses @ 5000 revs and produces 295 lb-ft of torque at 1500 revs. Although the Beemer gets more grunt under the hood, the Audi truly aces over it because of its dual-clutch transmission. Like the Audi, the BMW is also equipped with an All-Wheel-Drive system. The Beemer, in comparison, is a more Driver oriented vehicle. So now we know how the power figures differ for the two Germans, but what about the ride and handling? 

How are the two in terms of Ride & Handling?

The Audi had ruled the world rally tracks for many years just because of its highly sophisticated Quattro All-Wheel-Drive system. The nerds of Audi seem to know what they are doing. When it comes to handling, the 2020 Audi A4 is a real masterpiece. With its All-Wheel-Drive system, you get an immense grip in all kinds of environments. The dynamic suspension system provides ample stiffness when on the tracks and absorbs small bumps with ease when cruising on the city roads or freeways. The Adaptive Steering Control, however, feels a bit vague at low speeds and feels disconnected to the road. But when you start pushing the vehicle a bit harder, it all starts to come to life. At high speeds, the steering feels direct and gives you immense confidence to throw the A4 around at the corners. 

2020 Audi A4

The BMW 330i is another pioneer when it comes to handling. The Beemer is also equipped with an All-Wheel-Drive system. Moreover, as compared to the outgoing model, the new 3 Series also has lost around 120 lbs. The Beemer also gets a shallow center of gravity and a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. All these attributes do make the BMW 330i exceptional handling capabilities. However, the Beemer gets a single-clutch 8-speed automatic transmission which lacks a bit of precision as compared to the Audi A4 dual-clutch transmission. 

2020 BMW 3 Series

Because BMW is a more driver-oriented vehicle, the standard suspension is stiff and makes the car feel very nimble and agile on the tracks, but the ride is rigid for the city roads. You also get an optional adaptive suspension system that gives you a much better ride overall. All facts considered, the Audi A4 is a complete package when it comes to handling and performance. If you are looking for a car that will provide you with the best experience when behind the wheel, the BMW is the car you want but when it comes to all the other practical aspects, the Audi A4 is an excellent option. 

Which of the two is the fastest?

Though it might look a bit shy on power on papers, the Audi has a hidden ace up its sleeve. With its sophisticated dual-clutch transmission, the Audi is the fastest car in its segment. The gear shifts, when put in sports mode, become aggressive and sharp. Moreover, the Quattro system of Audi is also a masterpiece. Check out some of the figures in the table below. You will also get an idea of what we are all about. 


Audi A4 Prestige 45 TFSI

BMW 330i xDrive

0-60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter mile

13.8 sec

13.7 sec


2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

Emissions(Tons/yr of CO2 at 15k mi/yr)



In a sprint from 0-60 MPH, the Audi A4 takes the Beemer with ease, however, with more horsepower at its disposal, the BMW is faster in covering the quarter-mile. Moreover, the Beemer is also a bit easier for the environment. 

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 What about practicality?

The BMW 330i is an exciting car when it comes to the driving experience. It feels very agile and nimble throughout the corners and thanks to its stiff suspension; it provides the utmost confidence when thrown at the corners. However, the stiffness of the suspension can let you down a bit when it comes to a daily driver. The Audi A4, therefore, makes more sense as a daily companion. It provides you with much more creature comfort in comparison to the Beemer.

2020 Audi A4 Interiors

Moreover, with the refreshed new interiors, the Audi feels more up to date with the time. The BMW lacks a bit in terms of its cabin. The build quality of BMW is still unquestionable, but the Audi feels a bit more modern. 


Audi A4 Prestige 45 TFSI

BMW 330i xDrive

Passenger Capacity



Front Room(Head/Shoulder/ Leg)(in.)



Rear Room(Head /Shoulder/Leg)(in.)



Storage volume(ft.3)



The 2020 Audi A4 also gets a newly designed dashboard that looks more simplistic and modern. The traditional rotary knob has been replaced with a touch screen, and it is as simple as your phone to operate. While it may take a while to get used to, but once you are accustomed to the user interface of the A4, it is effortless to live with on a day to day basis. You also get 40/20/20 split rear seats which give the Audi A4 a better score in terms of practicality. 

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2020 Audi A4 Trunk Space and Interior Volume


Both cars are equipped with the state of the art technology. Both the Germans are powered by a 2.0L Inline 4 Cylinder engine and have almost similar power output in theory. However, we still recommend the 2020 Audi A4 as a better daily companion. Each individual has his or her points when it comes to buying a car.

2020 Audi A4

Although, the Audi is a bit more practical and even faster in acceleration than the BMW 330i XDrive. Also, the build quality and all the modern touches inside the cabin make you feel cocooned in luxury, and you feel more relaxed inside. So in case, you are looking for a car that you want to use as a daily driver, you are better off with the 2020 Audi A4. 

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2020 Audi A4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

2020 BMW 3 Series Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

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