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2016 Audi A3 vs. 2016 BMW 320i - Columbia, SC


Drivers looking for award-winning design, impressive performance, and state-of-the-art technology in a compact luxury sedan often turn to the Audi A3 and BMW 3-series. The 2016 year model for both the Audi A3 and the BMW 320i are designed to offer German-built luxury and performance, but one model has several clear advantages that need to be taken into consideration when making a decision.

For the purpose of this comparison, the 2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro will be pitted against the BMW 320i xDrive AWD.

2016 Audi A3 vs. 2016 BMW 320i: Quality & Price

The new 2016 Audi A3 and the BMW 320i both deliver German-engineered performance with high quality materials inside and out, but there are several differences that drivers need to consider before making a purchase. First of all, there's the MSRP. The Audi A3 comes with a $37,835 MSRP, while the BMW 320i is slightly cheaper at $36,145 MSRP, but that's where the advantages end for the 320i.

 2016 Audi A3   
 2016 BMW 320i       
 Exterior Trim
 Interior Trim
  Silver Matte Plastic
 Leather Seating Surfaces
  SensaTec Vinyl
 $6,387 Expected Insurance Cost
 $2,014 Expected Repair Cost Over 5 Years 

2016 Audi A3 vs. 2016 BMW 320i: Performance & Efficiency

Both of the 2016 Audi A3 and the BMW 320i are designed to offer a breathtaking performance, but one model will truly stand out for Columbia, SC auto enthusiasts when compared side-by-side.

2016 Audi A3
 2016 BMW 320i
 2.0L 4-Clylinder TFSI Engine
 2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder
 258 lbs.-ft.
 200 lbs.-ft.     
 6-Speed S Tonic Dual Clutch With Quattro AWD
 8-Speed STEPTRONIC With Adaptive    Transmission Control

2016 Audi A3 vs. 2016 BMW 320i: Safety & Technology

Safety and technology are two of the most important aspects of modern performance-minded compact sedans. The new Audi A3 and BMW 320i are built to perform, which doesn't mean either vehicle sacrifices safety or technology features. That being said, there are several subtle differences that Columbia, SC area customers will want to know about.

  • The A3 comes with several active safety systems that the BMW doesn't offer, including: Audi Side Assist, Audi Adaptive Cruise Control & Audi Active Lane Assist
  • Both models feature advanced airbag systems to surround the driver and passengers with a cocoon of safety
  • The Audi A3 offers an electromechanical parking brake
  • The A3 provides a dynamic 10-speaker audio system, while the 320i only has 7-speakers and much less power in its sound system
  • The 2016 A3 has the MMI touch built with a touch-sensitive control to allow drivers to use most vehicle systems simply and quickly

The 2016 Audi A3 delivers ahead of the BMW 320i in almost every aspect. Whether you're in need of a superior performance or higher quality materials, the A3 should be your luxury compact sedan of choice in the Columbia, SC area. Check out our Audi A3 inventory to learn more about specific details and schedule a test drive by contacting our team through our website or by phone at (888) 415-8520.
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