2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vs 2020 Audi S3 Comparison in Norwalk, CA

When you're on the search for a perfect combination of luxury, performance, and inimitable style, there's nothing quite like BMW. The 2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is a perfect encapsulation of the BMW design philosophy, and its excellence is evident when you first lay eyes on it. Of course, the BMW 4 Series is not without tough competition, like the 2020 Audi S3. This sedan may be attractive and powerful, so how does the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe compare? We'll take a look below.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe side profile

2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vs 2020 Audi S3:

We'd be lying if we said that the Audi S3 wasn't a striking sedan. However, it's definitely a sedan. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, on the other hand, combines the raked roofline of a coupe with the convenience of four doors. In contrast to the oversized grille on the Audi S3, the BMW 4 Series is equipped with the Kidney Grille that has long been the hallmark of BMW models. But the design differences don't stop on the outside. Step inside and you'll find that the BMW 4 Series includes a 10-way power driver's seat, in contrast with the 8-way power seat in the Audi S3. Standard in the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is SensaTec leatherette, which simulates the look and feel of leather while being easier to care for. Leather upholstery is the only option in the Audi S3. If the feel of true leather is something you love, the BMW 4 Series does offer a number of leather upholstery options.


BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe interior

2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vs 2020 Audi S3: Technology

Inside, you'll find that the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is better equipped with safe and intuitive technology. The large 8.8-inch high-resolution touchscreen in the BMW dwarfs the 7-inch display that comes standard in the Audi S3. Speed Limit Information and Advanced Real Time Traffic Information are standard in the BMW 4 Series, making it easy to always be more aware of the conditions around you. These features can't be found in the Audi S3. Technology also works to keep you safe, which is why every 2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe comes with driver assistance features like Dynamic Cruise Control. This feature functions much like a normal cruise control, but it can apply the brakes if you get too close to another vehicle.


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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe rear view

2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vs 2020 Audi S3: Performance

Whether you're aiming for raw power or a blend of power and efficiency, BMW has your back. The BMW 430i Gran Coupe is equipped with an engine that generates a respectable 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. While this is less than the engine in the Audi S3, it also gets better gas mileage: up to 34 miles per gallon. Choose the Audi S3 and the most you'll get is 29 mpg.

But if pure power is what revs your gears, the upgraded engine in the BMW 440i Gran Coupe is sure to please. It's a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder that puts out 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, far outpacing the 288 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque you'll get in the Audi S3.

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe also offers you a better selection of drivetrains. All-wheel drive is available in the BMW 4 Series, giving you extra traction. However, it's the only option in the Audi S3. If all-wheel drive is what you're after, this is great. But for a more traditional sports-car feel, the BMW 4 Series comes standard with rear-wheel drive.

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2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vs 2020 Audi S3: Value

The 2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe does have a higher starting MSRP than the 2020 Audi S3. But the BMW also provides exceptional value for your money, making it worth every penny. The 4 Series does have another benefit over the Audi S3. Though we've only compared the 4 Series Gran Coupe here, it is also available in a traditional Coupe body style or as a Convertible. Whichever one best suits you, we invite you to take it for a spin and experience for yourself why BMW is the Ultimate Driving Machine.

2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe2020 Audi S3
$44,750Starting MSRP*$43,000
248Horsepower288
258 lb.-ft.Torque280 lb.-ft.
8-Speed AutomaticTransmission7-Speed Automatic
34 Highway / 23 CityGas Mileage (MPG)29 Highway / 22 City
Rear-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel DriveDrivetrainAll-Wheel Drive
16-Speaker Harman Kardon® SystemAudio System10-Speaker Audi Sound System
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlNot Available
10-Way Power SeatDriver's Seat8-Way Power Seat
8.8"Standard Touchscreen7"

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