2019 BMW 330i xDrive vs. 2019 Audi A4 45 Quattro

2019 BMW 330i xDrive vs. 2019 Audi A4 45 Quattro

Top 5 Reasons to Buy the 2019 BMW 330i xDrive vs. 2019 Audi A4 45 Quattro

Base MSRP (incl. D&D): $43,245

  1. 1. Quicker 0-60 mph by .3 secs. AND + 2 mpg City
  2. 2. Clearer night vision with full LED headlights
  3. 3. Larger standard main screen by 26% diagonal
  4. 4. Two Years More included maintenance
  5. 5. Larger standard wheels (18”)
  Base MSRP (incl. D&D): $42,295 (-$950)


Performance & Economy

  • Engine: 2.0 L TwinPower Turbo, 4-cylinder
  • Transmission: 8-speed Sport Automatic
  • Drivetrain: AWD (xDrive)
  • Horsepower: 255 hp @ 5,000 – 6,500 rpm
  • Torque: 295 lb-ft. @ 1,550 – 4,400 rpm
  • 0-60 mph: 5.3 seconds
  • MPG: 25 city / 34 hwy / 28 combined
  • Engine: 2.0 L twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • Transmission: 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch Automatic
  • Drivetrain: AWD (Quattro)
  • Horsepower: 248 hp @ 5,000 – 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 273 lb-ft. @ 1,600 – 4,500 rpm
  • 0-60 mph: 5.6 seconds
  • MPG: 23 city / 34 hwy / 27 combined


  • Length:185.7
  • Width: 71.9
  • Height: 57.0
  • Wheelbase: 112.2
  • Curb Weight: 3,772 lbs

  • Head Room:38.7 / 37.6
  • Leg Room: 42.0 / 35.2
  • Shoulder: 56.0 / 54.6
  • Cargo (cu. ft.): 13 cu. ft.
  EXTERIOR (in.)
  • Length:186.1
  • Width: 72.5
  • Height: 56.2
  • Wheelbase: 111.0
  • Curb Weight: 3,627 lbs

  • Head Room:38.9 / 37.4
  • Leg Room: 41.3 / 35.7
  • Shoulder: 55.9 / 54.5
  • Cargo (cu. ft.): 13 cu. ft.

New Vehicle Warranty & Maintenance

  • Warranty: 4-year/50,000-mile
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4-year/50,000-mile
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery: BMW ConnectedDrive
  • Roadside Assistance: 4-year/Unlimited miles
  • Complimentary Maintenance: 3-year/36,000-mile
  • Warranty: 4-year/50,000-mile
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4-year/50,000-mile
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery: Audi Connect®
  • Roadside Assistance: 4-year/Unlimited miles
  • Complimentary Maintenance: 1-year/10,000-mile

Key Innovation & Connectivity Differences

  1. • The 330i includes a standard 8.8-inch center screen which is larger than Audi’s standard screen AND its upgraded display.
  2. • The 330i’s optional Premium Package ($2,800) provides a 12.3" display cluster screen and a high-resolution 10.25" Control Display.
  3. • The optional Executive Package ($2,100) includes Gesture Control, allowing 330i drivers to keep their eyes on the road while making audio selections.
  1. • The Audi A4 comes standard with a 7-inch center screen that can be upgraded to an 8.3-inch display.

    However… the 8.3-inch center screen only comes in the Prestige trim (an $8,800 add). Also, Premium Plus and Prestige trims include a 12.3” virtual cockpit gauge cluster (not center screen) navigation system.
  2. • The A4 does not offer gesture control at all.

Key Safety Differences

  1. • The 330i comes standard with full LED headlights, Adaptive LED brake lights, and programmable LED daytime running lights.
  2. • The optional BMW Laserlight system is included in the Executive Package ($2,100).
  1. • Audi comes standard with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and LED turn-indicators, but only has Xenon headlights as standard. To upgrade to LED headlights, you must buy the Premium Plus trim (a $5,500 increase from Premium).
  2. • A4 does not offer Laserlight at all.

If You're Considering the Audi A4 45 quattro…

  • Technology and performance must be at the top of their list. Explain to clients: For the base model Audi A4 45 quattro to come close to the base model BMW 330i xDrive in features and driving experience, they must jump to the Premium Plus trim (adtl. $5,500 from base) or Prestige (adtl. $8,800 from base) trim levels.

What the Automotive Press Has to Say About Audi A4 45 quattro

Car and Driver (June 2018)

  • • “Features are generous and include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and voice command.”
  • • “We managed to cram five carry-on suitcases in the trunk but were dissapointed by the A4’s small storage bins and cubbies.”
  • • “It’s bettered by the BMW 3 Series in our real-world testing, but still achieves nearly economy-car fuel efficiency.”

What the Automotive Press Has to Say About the New BMW 330i xDrive

Edmunds (2018)

  • • “The new chassis delivers. Over bump-strewn, twisting roads, the 330i exhibits terrific poise.”
  • • “So it is that in creating the fully redesigned seventh-generation 2019 BMW 3 Series, BMW listened and gave driving dynamics center stage.”
  • • “We found the new 3 Series engaging and fun, a potetiential top contender for driver engagement. Is BMW opening a new chapter on compact luxury sport sedans?”

Price-Equipment Equalization Value Story

*Blue highlight = BMW advantage

BMW 330i xDrive

Audi A4 45 Quattro

Key Standard Performance Features

MSRP (including D & D) $43,245 $42,995
Engine 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo Inline 4-cylinder 2.0-liter TFSI® twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder
Transmission 8-speed Sport Automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Drivetrain AWD (xDrive) AWD (Quattro)
Wheels 18" 17" (18” $800)

Interior Features

Upholstery SensaTec / Opt. Leather ($1,700) Leather Standard
Power Front Seats 14-way Standard 8-way Standard w/ 4-way Lumbar
Climate Control Standard 3-Zone Standard 3-Zone
SiriusXM Subscription Opt.1-Year (Convenience Pkg. $2,150) Opt.90-Day (Convenience Pkg. $1,500)
Comfort Access Keyless System Opt. (Convenience Package) Opt. (Convenience Package)
Gesture Control Opt. (Executive Package $2,100) Not Available
Park Distance Control Optional $200 Opt. (Premium Plus trim: $5,500

Safety & ADAS Features

Active Cruise Control Opt. ($1,200) or Opt. Driving Assistance Pro Package ($1,700) Opt. (Prestige trim $8,800)
Active Blind Spot Detection Opt. Driving Assistance Package ($500) Opt. (Premium Plus trim)
Rear-view Camera Standard Standard
Frontal Collision Warning Standard Standard (Audi pre sense® basic)
City Collision Mitigation Standard Standard (Audi pre sense® city)
Active Lane Keeping Assistant Opt. (Driving Assistance Pro Package) Optional (Prestige trim)
Auto-dimming Interior/Exterior Mirros Standard Std Rear – Opt. Side (Premium Plus trim)
Fatigue & Focus Alert (APS) Standard Similar Not Available

Connectivity & Infotainment Features

Wireless Charging w/ Wi-Fi Hotspot Optional $500 Optional (Premium Plus & Prestige trims)
Infotainment Center Screen Standard 8.8" 7” Std. (8.3” Prestige trim)
BMW Assist eCall with Enhanced Collision Notification or Similar Standard Standard
Apple® CarPlay™ and Android Auto Optional (Premium Package $2,800) Standard
Live Cockpit Pro w/ Navigation Opt. ($1,600 stand-alone, or with Premium Package) Audi virtual cockpit (Premium Plus & Prestige trims)


To level the base model BMW 330i xDrive with the A4 Premium (base) trim, we must add leather seats ($1,700). That gives the BMW 330i xDrive a total price of $44,945. To the A4, we must add 18-inch wheels and Audi Care maintenance. The Audi price then becomes $44,794…$151 less than the BMW.

If one wants to add advanced driving assistance or convenience features to the 330i xDrive, there are several packages to consider at reasonable prices. Generally, with the A4, if one wants to obtain those features, one must move up whole trim levels. The Premium Plus trim level adds $5,500 to the A4 -quite a big single step…and the Prestige trim level is $8,800 more than the base (Note: The A4 base is called Premium).