Pros: Has a unique styling-a head turner, ultimate driving machine, comfortable interior, low depreciation of value.
Cons: Very high preventive maintenance costs, expensive spare parts, unavailability of spare parts is an issue.
Pros: chic cabin design, spacious rear seat, powerful turbocharged engine, excellent traction from all wheel drive system, high tech gadgetry, high quality construction.
Cons: expensive in repair and maintenance, transmission hesitates, too firm adoptive suspensions.
Audi A4 and BMW 320 are lines of compact executive carsproduced by the German car manufacturers Audi and BMW respectively. A compact executive car is a premium car larger than a premium compact and smaller than an executive car. The A4 model has been built under the Volkswagen group B platform with a 4 door saloon body style. The BMW also has the same 4 door saloon body style. Audi’s A4 has proven a wonder car that outperforms its rivals in nearly all testing metrics and proves to be the nicest entry luxury cars on sale.
Under six years all these cars are relatively similar in terms of costs and reliability nevertheless having the same saloon exterior outlook. The automobiles layout consists of a front engine design with transaxle –type transmissions mounted at the rear of the engine.
The BMW 320 is a (twin scroll) turbo 2.0 –litre petrol four cylinder with variable valve timing and valve lift for efficiency gains and direct fuel injection. It achieves 135KW/270 Nm and drives the rear wheels through an eight speed auto with launch control. On the other side an Audi A4 has an arguably high engine transmission and performance with surprisingly quick acceleration, sharp handling and responsive steering. While some competitors offer myriad engine choices including hybrid and diesels, Audi keeps it simple: a 252 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder and less powerful, more fuel efficient version of that engine called ultra which makes 190 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive are standard and Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel drive system is optional. This provides a class leading acceleration of 5 seconds from zero to 60km/hr.
BMW 320 is comfort plus enhanced as its lean a spacious with classic dashboards. It has generous standard equipment which includes leather upholstery, decent audio, professional navigation system which is easy to use as it has an eye controller modified for easy touch and manoeuvres. It also has an upgraded iDrive controller, drive assist features such as electric adjust of the driver’s seat ,rain sensing and auto headlights. On the other side A4’s modern looking cabin does a good job of balancing form and function with high quality materials and easily accessible technology features. Most of the A4’s buttons and switches are right where you want them to be and feel substantial when you use them. The rear seat is among the most spacious in its class and features nicely shaped cushions. The infotainment system consists of a 7.o inch screen that’s controlled by rotary a rotary knob on the centre console. Has a lot of driver-assist features which are limited to costly upper trim levels. These are lane keeping assistant, adoptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring
Audi A4 is remarkably fuel efficient with a fuel consumption rate of 18.3km/l whereas the BMW 320 has a consumption rate of 22.7 km/l. in terms of market value BMW 320i proves to be cheaper with cheapest used car ranging from KS 1,600,000-1,800,000 whereas the Audi A4 has a higher market value with the cheapest second hand car ranging from KS 1,800,000-2,200,000.
With reasonable amount of maintenance a modern vehicle can last to somewhere between 150,000-200,000 miles based on taking really good care of the car, doing all the required maintenance practises and replacing the parts that wear out. In terms of reliability Audi A4 is least, compared to the BMW320 model.