2020 BMW 2 Series vs 2020 Audi A3 Comparison in Norwalk, CA

Big performance comes in small packages, too! The 2020 BMW 2 Series is a subcompact car that provides all the thrills of larger BMW models in a package that's easy to park and easy to afford. And when you compare it to other rivals in this segment, like the 2020 Audi A3, you'll discover that it's the right choice for drivers looking to elevate their commute with a performance-focused luxury car. Below, we'll show you why you get more value when you choose BMW.

BMW 2 Series Exterior

2020 BMW 2 Series vs. 2020 Audi A3: Design & Layout

For the 2020 model year, Audi no longer offers the A3 Cabriolet convertible model. It's now only available as a subcompact sedan. By contrast, the 2020 BMW 2 Series is available as a two-door coupe, a two-door convertible or a four-door gran coupe. The 2 Series Gran Coupe combines the practicality and ease of entry of a sedan with the slick shape of a coupe. Or, choose the convertible model and soak up more of the Southern California sun. That's something you can't get from Audi anymore.

Furthermore, the 2020 BMW 2 Series Coupe & Convertible feature a sporty rear-wheel drive layout. Rear-wheel drive is the preferred sports car layout for superior grip under hard acceleration and no torque steer, which can be a side effect of too much power sent to the front wheels. But when you choose the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, you'll get xDrive all-wheel drive as standard! On the 2020 Audi A3, front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is an available upgrade.

BMW 2 Series LED Headlights

2020 BMW 2 Series vs. 2020 Audi A3: Features

On the outside, every 2020 BMW 2 Series comes standard with full-LED headlights and daytime running lights. By contrast, entry-level 2020 Audi A3 models feature Xenon headlights, which are less efficient and more costly to maintain.

And on the inside, you'll find the 2020 BMW 2 Series provides an even more modern cabin. It comes standard with a 10-speaker, 205-watt audio system for superior sound quality to the 9-speaker, 180-watt system you get on the 2020 Audi A3. What's more, the 2 Series features an 8.8" touchscreen display complete with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™ and available built-in navigation. In the Audi A3, you'll find a 7.0" display that lacks navigation at the entry level. You'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level to have that handy feature available.

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BMW 2 Series Chassis & Engine

2020 BMW 2 Series vs. 2020 Audi A3: Performance

It's simple: The 2020 BMW 2 Series simply gives you a whole lot more power than the 2020 Audi A3. And that means you'll enjoy a more spirited drive. Entry-level 2020 Audi A3 models with front-wheel drive provide 44 fewer horsepower than the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and 64 fewer horses than the 2020 BMW 2 Series Coupe & Convertible. Even if you upgrade to the all-wheel drive model with a boost in power, you'll still only get 228 horsepower -- and you'll be paying a lot more for the privilege. But that's the amount of power the standard BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe gets.

And while both cars come standard with an automatic transmission, the engagement and classic driving feel of a manual transmission is an available option on the 2020 BMW 2 Series, but not the 2020 Audi A3. For the purist driving experience in this segment, choose the BMW 2 Series instead.

BMW 2 Series Interior

2020 BMW 2 Series vs. 2020 Audi A3: Safety

Every 2020 BMW 2 Series comes standard with BMW Active Driving Assistant technology. It's a suite of important active safety features that can help you avoid a dangerous situation on the road, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. Auto emergency braking and forward collision alert are standard on the 2020 Audi A3 as well, but lane departure warning will cost you extra. You even get standard front and rear parking sensors so you can slip your BMW 2 Series in to the tightest parking spots with confidence. That too will set you back more on the Audi A3 as an optional upgrade. The 2020 BMW 2 Series simply gives you more.

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Find Your Ultimate Driving Machine At McKenna Norwalk BMW

With a starting MSRP of $35,900, roughly $2,500 more than the 2020 Audi A3, the 2020 BMW 2 Series may cost a bit more -- but now you've seen why the 2 Series is such a remarkable value! You'll get more power, a sportier layout, superior technology and the option of a drop-top convertible ideal for making the most out of life in Southern California. It all adds up to so much more value than you get from its Audi rival! We invite you to experience the BMW 2 Series for yourself during a test drive at McKenna.

2020 BMW 2 Series2020 Audi A3
$35,900Starting MSRP*$33,300
228 (Gran Coupe) / 248 (Coupe & Convertible)Standard Horsepower184
258Standard Torque (lb-ft)221
AvailableManual TransmissionNot Available
Rear-Wheel DriveLayoutFront-Wheel Drive
Available UpgradeAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
StandardLED HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
StandardParking Sensors Available Upgrade
StandardLane Departure WarningAvailable Upgrade
3 Years / 36,000 MIlesIncluded Scheduled Maintenance1 Year / 10,000 Miles

*MSRP excludes destination & handling fee of $995, tax, title, license, and registration.