Compare the Audi A4 to the Competition

Compare the Audi A4 to the Competition in Lafayette, LA

Audi A4 vs. Luxury Cars

The Audi A4 is a luxury sports sedan that never forgets its humble roots; it offers a tremendous drive train and exciting on-road mechanics, but it is perhaps the long list of standard luxury features that distinguishes the Audi A4 most. Drivers who expect the best from their vehicle would do well to spend a little time with the Audi A4-but before you head out to Lafayette, LA for a test drive, take a moment to compare the A4 to a few of its toughest luxury competitors. We think you'll agree it comes away looking even better than it went in!

        
 Audi A4
 BMW 3-Series
 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
 Lexus IS
 

Audi A4 vs. BMW 3-Series (320i)

While the BMW 3-Series has long been a hallmark of the luxury sport-sedan class, it no longer runs at the front of the pack. That's because the Audi A4 has mounted a considerable challenge.

  • The BMW 3-Series Sedan is available as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) model or with the optional xDrive all-wheel drive (AWD) system; on the other hand, the Audi A4 is a front-wheel drive (FWD) vehicle, unless you opt for the legendary quattro® all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
  • In the Audi A4, you'll find leather upholstery as a standard feature; looking for the same thing in the BMW 3-Series sedans? They start with SensaTec upholstery, a synthetic vinyl seating surface—but it's not leather.
  • In the Audi A4, both Audi Pre-Sense® basic and Audi Pre-Sense® city are standard—two driver-assistive technologies that help support and foster good driving habits. In the BMW 3-Series (320i) sedan, you won't find any comparable standard driver-assist feature—if you want that, you'll have to move to a more expensive tier or pay extra for a feature package.

Audi A4 vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Audi A4 is certainly dynamic and compelling, but that handsome exterior is just the beginning; once you climb into the interior of the Audi A4, the spacious, sumptuous cabin surrounds you, elevating your morning commute from boring to energizing. Here's how else the Audi A4 sets itself a head above the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedans:

  • The Audi A4 gives luxury drivers what they want right from the start: standard leather seating upholstery. If you want leather upholstery on your Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan, you'll have to purchase an optional feature package—one that costs just shy of two grand.
  • In the Audi A4, you'll find Audi's MMI® Infotainment Display as well as Audi's smartphone interface, which features standard support for Apple CarPlay™ and Google™ Android Auto™. What about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedans? Not so simple—if you want Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™, that'll cost you, thanks to the Mercedes-Benz optional Smartphone Integration Package.
  • Finding your bliss in the Audi A4 is as easy as sliding in—not only will you benefit from leather as a standard feature, you'll also enjoy standard heated front seats, which is another feature you'll have to pay extra for on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan. Unfortunately, the option package that buys you leather upholstery in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan is not the same package that buys you heated front seats, so you'll have to hit the checkbook twice just to get what the Audi A4 gives you standard.
  • When you start to compare safety between these two sport sedans, the differences come into even sharper focus. While the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedans do offer an optional Premium Driver Assistance Package, it carries a hefty price tag. By contrast, the Audi A4 features standard Audi Pre-Sense® city and Audi Pre-Sense® basic—both driver-assist systems there to help protect you from the start. After all, Audi doesn't compromise on safety, so why should you?

Audi A4 vs Lexus IS

When you buy a luxury sport sedan like the Audi A4, you want to feel confident and assured, like you've made your best possible choice. So, is the Audi A4 a better choice for luxury drivers here in Lafayette, LA? We certainly think so—but we can't decide for you, so check out this comparison to make sure you're living your best life:

  • If you want to ride on seats that make you feel like you've arrived, you'll have to do a little graduating in the Lexus IS—it starts off with NuLuxe Synthetic Leather upholstery and it doesn't have a standard seat-heating feature; by contrast, your new Audi A4 will feature standard leather upholstery and the front seats come heated, without asking you to pay extra for it.
  • If you're someone who likes to entertain, having a rear seat spacious and comfortable enough to bring adult passengers is important. That's another reason to pass on the Lexus IS—the legroom in the rear is a little subpar, falling short of what you'll find in the Audi A4. It's not just legroom though—the Audi A4 has more rear headroom and more rear hiproom than the Lexus IS, so your rear-traveling passengers will have nothing to be uncomfortable about.
  • When you're planning your next weekend getaway, it'll be worth knowing that the Audi A4's trunk is larger than the Lexus IS's trunk, and not just by an inch or two, but by nearly three cubic-feet.
  • One place where these two luxury sport sedans do find themselves evenly matched is in the driver-assist department. Both the Lexus IS and the Audi A4 share the fine distinction of a standard suite of driver-assistive features. In the Audi A4, this is called Audi Pre-Sense® basic and Audi Pre-Sense® city, and in the Lexus IS, it's called the Lexus Safety System+.
  • While we commend Lexus on the standard safety equipment, the Lexus IS's attention to detail suffers when it comes to convenience features. For example, rain-sensing windshield wipers are standard on the Audi A4, but you'll catch yourself paying extra if you want them on the Lexus IS.

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