Comparing 2018 BMW 4 Series to 2018 Audi A5

Deciding between a BMW 4 Series or an Audi A5 is not easy. Both coupes fall into the luxury segment, flaunt outstanding horsepower, opulent cabins, thrilling features, and intelligent driving technology. BMW 4 Series is small but mighty and similarly, the Audi A5 offers equally exhilarating features. Whether a crossover or in a convertible form, both models give each other a tough competition. And to satisfy this technology-frenzy world, these high-tech cars have everything in order for 2019 and ready to impress.

While the 2019 BMW 4 Series ups the level with its top-notch technology and smart-app integration ultimately setting a higher benchmark, the Audi 5 continues its conservative styling and a non-updated chassis for this year too. But that’s not just enough to declare BMW as the winner. As we get into each small detail through this side-by-side comparison, we will find out how BMW stacks up to this fierce competition.

2018 BMW 4 Series
2018 Audi A5

BMW 4 Series: What’s new for 2019?

There is a host of upgraded features in the new BMW, which includes high-tech navigation, Apple CarPlay, uniquely built parking sensors, and many premium advancements. The 2019 model boasts an aggressively designed fascia, a beguiling chassis, and irresistible style that altogether make the 4 Series stand out. Here is a detailed breakdown of all the interesting features.

Standout Styling:

BMW team has put a lot of effort to create a sensuous yet robust styling for the new 4 Series. These finest and luxurious coupes are designed to be efficient and noticed. Each body-style has something unique to offer, with the Coupe and Gran Coupe featuring stunning exteriors and the convertible boasting a refined frame with an appealing appearance. There’s the leather seating with wide choices of colors and texture, unique steering wheels, and a number of tech updates for 2019.

2018 BMW 4 Series

The entry-level coupe looks classy from outside and brand new from inside with unique ambient lighting, iDrive infotainment system and a dual-zone auto climate control. Higher models receive fresh updates too with options ranging from outsized powerful inline engines, keyless entry/ignition and power-retractable hard tops exclusive for convertible coupes. Adaptive sports suspension, attractive interior details, heated steering wheel, and smartphone connectivity integration are other outstanding features that the new 2019 4 Series boasts.


Behind the wheels of the new 2019 4 Series is the powerful 4-cylinder engine that accelerates to its peak in seconds and boasts high-speed stability and smoothness that every driver looks for. That means 4 Series has strong acceleration regardless of the engine or body style. The inline 4 engine is supported by the BMW’s unique 8-speed automatic transmission and AWD powertrains.

Fuel Economy:

The 2019 BMW 4 Series coupe is an efficient automotive machine with a combined MPG of 27 and an EPA mileage estimate of 24/34 mpg for city and highway.

Athletic Performance:

BMW 4 is certainly one of the best athletic cars out there, which combines luxury with sports-car style performance and upscale comfort to offer users the best and most-enjoyable driving experience. Expect nimble handling and powerful agility from the 2019 BMW 4 as the twin-power turbo unleashes 320 to 444 horsepower in less than 5 seconds. Even on those rocky terrains and twisty roads, the 4 Series is always pleasant to drive.

Safety At its Best:

The 4 Series proudly boasts BMW’s exceptional safety features. The standard coupe has drivers’ assistive technology, stability control, auto-brake, and anti-lock disc brakes and a number of collision mitigation features.

Now that we know what 2019-BMW 4 has to offer, let’s see how it competes against another German titan: The Audi A5. Here is a side-by-side comparison table.

BMW 4 Series vs Audi A5

Body Style: Coupe/Gran coupe/Convertible Coupe Sedan
Exterior: center console with contrast color, ergonomic leather, smart device integration, sun/moon roof and spacious inside multi-function steering wheel, sun/moon roof, ambient LED lighting
Engine: Intercooled turbo I-4 2.0L Intercooled turbo I-4 2.0L
Fuel Economy: 27 city/37 highway 24 city/34 highway
Fuel economy, hwy: 33 mpg 33 mpg
Technology: High-tech infotainment, standard navigation system, BMW cockpit with ergonomic controls, wireless Hookup and Apple CarPlay Audi virtual cockpit, head-up display, Bang & Olufsen Sound 3D system, Audi smartphone interface, MMI navigation plus
Drivetrain: All-wheel-drive All-wheel-drive
Wheel locks: Optional Optional
Fuel: Gasoline Premium Gasoline Premium
Keyless Start: Standard Optional
Transmission: Automatic Automatic
Heated Seat: Standard Optional
Brakes: 4-wheel 4-wheel
Overall Rating: 9.1 8.7
Safety: Not rated 9.5

How Does The BMW 4 Series Win the Clash?

Because both of these Germanic automobiles run literally neck-and-neck in this comparison, it’s difficult to pick a winner. But, we have a few reasons favoring the winner BMW.

  • 4 Series’ 8-speed automatic surely outsmarts the speed-shifting seven-speed automatic of Audi.
  • BMW’s upgraded infotainment system offers better features.
  • J.D Power ranked BMW at the 8th for reliability whereas Audi gets the 14th spot.
  • EPA-certification wise BMW 4 series is a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
  • BMW promised better handling and stability with a wider rear 1.1 inches bigger than A5 and has an even weight distribution.
  • 4 Series also offers better maneuverability and handling with a shorter chassis, which is 3.6 inches shorter than the A5.
  • Space-wise, BMW 4 Series is little roomier than A5 with better front legroom, a little extra headroom, and a larger cargo space.
  • And, lastly BMW 4 outsold the Audi 5 by 86% in 2017.

The 2019 Audi 5 is certainly a strong competitor and practically, a rip-snorting coupe with many outstanding features. But it fails to impress while competing against the 4 Series titan of BMW. Even though Audi swooped in to add more depth in styling, reworked on car handling and performance with the 2018-redesign, the small design tweaks, and smart technology improvements certainly make BMW a better choice.

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Fatih was extremely helpful and calm through the whole sales experience, not pushy like other salesmen I’ve dealt with. He gave a fair trade in value for my used car as well. Would definitely work with him again 🙂

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My experience was wonderful! Cody was very adamant in what he was doing and got my recalls taken care of within half of the day. Also provided me with a beautiful 2018 red 3 series! Overall, wonderful service department and kudos to Cody for being an awesome advisor!

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5 Stars across 3 areas of my experience.1. The sales experience. I showed up about an hour before close and was on the lot looking for a specific car. Jason introduced himself and immediately started telling me the history of the used X3 I was interested in. He knew this vehicle's history without thinking. He retrieved it and then introduced me to Mason who assisted me on the test drive. This was Mason's second day at BMW Tulsa - but I quickly realized this wasn't a some young sales guy. He was (as everyone I would meet) was an enthusiast. I had done my homework on the X3 but was a first time BMW buyer. Mason knew the car, the features and the specs. Impressive for day 2. I had my financing ahead of time but that didn't prevent a very professional introduction and handling by Allan, the finance mgr. All 3 guys stayed nearly an hour after close to ensure I was 100% happy with my decision and to make sure I didn't have any questions. Again - these are not sales and finance guys - these are car guys and proud to be associated with BMW and it showed.2. Delivery. Rather than have to take an UBER the next morning or arrange a ride - the next morning Mason delivered my X3 to my driveway. He covered some additional features and shortcuts on the infotainment system and coordinated the schedule to replace a rear seat nylon bushing that was causing a small rattle in the rear center seat. (I felt bad because that was the only thing I could hear or come up with as the X3 was solid and honestly still feels brand new)3. Service - Wow - what an experience. This was a white glove experience from the moment I pulled up to the service door. Cody and Andrew ensured the work order was accurate, the handling of my vehicle was as if it was going out on the showroom floor not to a service bay. Communication and updates were timely as they needed to order the part, but they provided me an 530i loaner while the part was shipped in. I got a call when my car was ready and the exchange and service team again - don't present themselves as service technicians. This whole team is comprised of enthusiasts and perfectionists. No grease monkeys - they are all wearing BMW polo shirts and I guess you have to have perfect hair to work there as they all could just as easily be out on the showroom floor selling cars. Finally - from the sales floor to the service bay to the parts center. The whole facility is clean (the service bay looks like a manufacturing line not a service garage. I have continued telling myself - "I should have been driving a BMW the past 20 years". BMW Tulsa is a great example of what happens when you marry up a superior automobile with a superior dealer. I absolutely love my used X3 - but I am already thinking about what my next BMW will be in 2 years. But one thing I know for sure...and that is where I will be buying it. Thanks BMW Tulsa (Mason, Jason, Allen, Cody and Andrew).

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Great person that handle my service. Very friendly and professional.

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Michael Huerta is the best service manager and Taylor was very helpful!

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