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Audi A5 vs. BMW 3 Series

In comparing the Audi A5 to the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A5 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The BMW 3 Series has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Audi A5 versus the BMW 3 Series, the BMW 3 Series is a better car than the Audi A5.

Audi A5 versus BMW 3 Series Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Audi A5 ranges from $41,398 to $62,424 while a used BMW 3 Series from the same model year range is priced between $31,990 to $55,738. For a new model, the Audi A5's price is between $54,936 and $65,178, with the BMW 3 Series priced between $44,535 and $63,414.

Audi A5 versus BMW 3 Series Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Audi A5 is 7.8 out of 10 while the BMW 3 Series' quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the Audi A5 being ranked 6 out of 27 Best Luxury Convertibles and the BMW 3 Series being ranked 5 out of 38 Best Luxury Small Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Audi A5’s base engine makes 261 horsepower, and the BMW 3 Series base engine makes 255 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the BMW 3 Series has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

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Pricing

New Asking Price:

$54,936 - $65,178

Used Asking Price:

$41,398 - $62,424

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

45.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$44,535 - $63,414

Used Asking Price:

$31,990 - $55,738

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

52.3%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.8 / 10

Reliability:

8.7 / 10

Retained Value:

6.9 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.7 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 27
6 / 27

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 38
5 / 38

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Convertible

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline, Plug-In Hybrid

Trim Levels

2.0T quattro Premium Plus, 2.0T quattro Prestige, 2.0T quattro Premium

Trim Levels

M340i xDrive, 330i xDrive, 330i, M340i

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

261 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque:

273 foot-lbs @ 4200 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.065 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

255 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

295 foot-lbs @ 1550 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.072 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 36 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

406 / 562 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Not yet available

Pedestrian Detection:

Not yet available

Lane Departure Warning:

Not yet available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Not yet available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Not yet available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Not yet available

360-Degree Camera:

Not yet available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Not yet available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Not yet available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.3 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.1 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

46.9 inches

Cargo Space:

9.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

83.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

42 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.6 inches

Cargo Space:

13 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

94.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3990 lbs

Width:

79.9 inches

Height:

54.5 inches

Length:

184.9 inches

Wheelbase:

108.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3560 lbs

Width:

81.4 inches

Height:

56.8 inches

Length:

185.7 inches

Wheelbase:

112.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

245/40R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

225/45R18