In a sector as closely fought as the compact executive class, any competitor aiming to become a market leader needs to be almost faultless in every area, be it performance, refinement or running costs.
Audi is confident that the A4 delivers on all fronts, whether in saloon or estate ‘Avant’ form. So when it comes to practical facts like interior space and boot volume, how does the A4 compare to rivals including the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series?
Audi A4 external dimensions
The A4 is one of the largest cars in its class, with overall length stretching 102mm further than that of the BMW 3 Series. The extra size is unlikely to ever be too noticeable in daily driving, though. In terms of height, width, and wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) the A4 is very similar to its main rivals.
|Height||1,427mm (Avant 1,434mm)|
For those carrying taller passengers, plenty of interior space is a must. Audi says that the latest A4 boasts more legroom than its predecessor, and it compares well to the Mercedes C-Class, too.
Front headroom matches the Merc to the nearest millimetre, which means that it’s 13mm ahead of the 3 Series. For those looking for the most headroom, the taller roof line of the Avant model means that rear headroom increases to 971mm.
|Headroom (front/rear)||1,038mm/953mm (Avant 971mm)|
|Shoulder room (front/rear)||1,421mm/1,384mm|
|Elbow room (front/rear)||1,476mm/1,446mm|
In saloon form, the A4 boasts a 500-litre boot. That figure puts the A4 20 litres ahead of both the 3 Series and the C-Class – a marginal figure certainly, but maybe enough to sway some buyers.
It’s a similar story for the Avant, too, offering 505 where its two rivals can only offer 495 and 490 respectively. Fold the seats down, and they’re all very similar: the C-Class matches the A4’s capacity, while the BMW is just 10 litres behind.
|Seats up||500/505 litres|
|Seats down||965/1,510 litres|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
If you live in a place where tight parking manoeuvres are commonplace, or if you frequently find yourself getting lost and need to turn around, the A4’s rivals are better options. It’s 11.5-metre turning circle is beaten by both the BMW (11.2m) and the Mercedes C Class (11m)
Depending on specification, the A4 is fitted with varying volumes of fuel tanks. The fuel-sipping ‘Ultra’ models are fitted with a fairly small 40-litre tank as standard, though buyers can choose a larger 54-litre tank if they wish. Meanwhile, 4×4 quattro derivatives – as the least economical in the range – are supplied with a larger 58-litre tank.
|Turning circle||11.5 metres|
|Fuel tank||40/54/58 litres|
Thanks to a combination of riding on a more modern platform and the latest construction techniques, the latest A4 weighs up to 120 kilos less than its predecessor – a big factor in its improved fuel efficiency. The lightest model in the range now weighs about the same as a mid-range Ford Focus – very impressive for a car of its size.
|1,320kg (1.4 TFSI)||1,660kg (3.0 V6 TDI Quattro)|
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