BMW 2 Series vs Audi A3

The BMW 2 Series and Audi A3 are top-of-the-line luxury sedans that many drivers adore. Both emphasize lively driving dynamics and sporty features while offering next-level technology to drivers of the Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx areas. With their enhanced performance features, too, they can navigate a wide variety of roads, from bustling city streets to open stretches of highway.

While both vehicles feature impressive driving dynamics, the 2018 BMW 2 Series ends up having better performance and more diverse options to cater to many drivers' needs. Explore what both luxury sedans have to offer in our in-depth BMW 2 Series vs. Audi A3 comparison, provided by the experts at BMW of Manhattan.

Exterior Styling

Audi's 2018 A3 comes in a 4-door sedan and sportback hatch models. The overall shape is balanced and aesthetically pleasing, and the front fascia design is clean and recognizable. However, the styling is fairly conservative and pedestrian on the whole, with only an upswept rear fascia to indicate the car's sporting nature.

The 2018 BMW 2 Series comes in either a 2-door coupe or convertible configuration. Deeply sculpted sides and a tidy rear fascia strongly communicate a sportscar persona, and the 2018 2 Series also features distinctive front styling with aggressively pulled back headlights and signature BMW kidney grille.

Ultimately, both vehicles offer great looks, but the more distinctive and sportscar-like styling of the 2 Series helps the vehicle stand out in a sea of commuter lookalikes on NYC streets.

BMW vs Audi: Interior Comfort and Spaciousness

Despite the vehicle's compact outward dimensions of the BMW 2 Series, front occupants get 41.5 inches of legroom and 40.1 inches of headroom. This space combines well with the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel to give even taller drivers plenty of space.

The interior of the 2018 Audi A3 is similarly attractive but much more limited, with a minimalist dashboard design similar to what you'd see on 2-seater roadsters. Front seats are comfortable and supportive, but they're slightly smaller than the 2 Series' front row: 41.2 inches of front legroom and 36.5 inches of front headroom, to be exact. Also, the 2 Series coupe trunk features 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, while the A3 has only 12.3 cubic feet of cargo room-another size advantage for the BMW 2 Series.

Performance: 2 Series vs A3

Base BMW 2 Series models come with a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine capable of 248 horsepower and a 0-60 MPH time of 5.3 seconds. An M240i version with a 3.0L Turbo 6-cylinder engine is also available, which boosts the power up to 335 horsepower.

The 2018 Audi A3 comes in a front-drive powertrain that uses a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which produces 186 horsepower. You can opt for the upgraded 2.0L 4-cylinder engine on the AWD models, but that only bumps the power up to 220 horsepower.

Driving performance is great for both models, especially when it comes to stability and the balance of stiffness to comfort for the suspensions. However, the BMW 2 Series is more powerful and has faster acceleration when looking at the A3's comparable engine.

2018 BMW 2 Series vs 2018 Audi A3 Comparison Review Conclusion: The BMW 2 Series Is the Sportier Ride

Looking at both subcompact luxury vehicles, the 2018 BMW 2 Series emerges as the better performer with its stylish exterior, spacious interior, and powerful engines. While the A3 has a great powertrain and overall styling, it comes together in a package that feels more commuter-oriented.

Drivers in Manhattan, Queens, and Bronx, NY, can come experience the thrill of the 2018 BMW 2 Series coupe or convertible for themselves when they schedule a test drive at BMW of Manhattan today.

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