If you're intrigued by luxury vehicles, comparing the 2022 Audi A4 vs. BMW 3 Series is something you may be doing as you look for that next car. That's where the team at Maguire Audi of Ithaca comes in.

Our sales professionals have compiled the information in this review to help you see the similarities and differences between these two vehicles. We want nothing more than for your drives in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, NY, to be exciting and intuitive. Let's see what these two sedans have to offer.

Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series Interior Amenities

The moment you step inside either cabin, you'll see just how well-appointed the interiors are. The 2022 Audi A4 comes standard with soft and supportive leather seats with a standard heated front seats feature. The 3-zone automatic climate control will also keep the driver, co-pilot, and rear passengers comfortable. The 3 Series offers a multi-zone Climate Control system, too.

The BMW 3 Series seating looks great and feels great, too. However, you'll have to be comfortable with SensaTec Upholstery. This is a synthetic leather material that doesn't offer the same luxurious feel as the leather in the A4. This vehicle also goes without standard heated seats.

Both sedans carry 40/20/40 folding seatbacks to create more cargo space when you need it for all those important things you'll be bringing along on every drive. Want to let a little bit of light in on a bright sunny day? The A4 offers a standard power sunroof, while the 3 Series offers a moonroof.

2022 Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series Dimensions

You can expect to find a lot of space inside the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. They both offer similar passenger space, which can give passengers plenty of room during family road trips:

Interior Dimensions

2022 Audi A4

2022 BMW 3 Series

Headroom (front/rear)

37.3 inches/37.4 inches

38.7 inches/37.6 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

41.3 inches/35.7 inches

42 inches/35.2 inches

Shoulder Room (front/rear)

55.9 inches/54.5 inches

56 inches/54.6 inches

Despite their similar interior dimensions, the Audi A4 appears slightly larger in length and width compared to the BMW 3 Series. With those additional measurements, the Audi A4 can offer a more spacious feel for tall passengers and give more clearance for larger cargo in the cabin. This larger build also makes the A4 stand out on the street.

Exterior Dimensions

2022 Audi A4

2022 BMW 3 Series


187.5 inches

185.7 inches


72.7 inches

71.9 inches


56.2 inches

56.8 inches

Audi vs BMW Technology

The A4 and 3 Series are nothing short of loaded when it comes to tech features. Inside the Audi, you'll find a 10.1-inch MMI® touch display to help you search your contacts, receive hands-free messages, or play your favorite songs. The BMW 3 Series offers an 8.8-inch iDrive 7.0 system with similar functions as well.

The Audi A4 offers an available high-resolution 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit, which customizes a range of vehicle information like navigation, audio, and phone. You can show a range of information on this screen, and even have the traditional gauge information available, right in front of your eyes.

The 3 Series offers a similar Live Cockpit Plus display with a 5.1-inch instrument cluster, and an available 12.3-inch display as well. Despite their similar systems, the A4's display can display your location via Google Earth™ onto its display. The 3 Series does not mention a comparable feature.

BMW vs Audi Safety

Both the 2022 Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series offer excellent safety options for your many drives around your neighborhood. Both vehicles offer many passive safety systems to keep you and all of your precious cargo secure.

When it comes to driver assistance features, both sedans offer these similar features:

  • Rearview camera: You can check your surroundings for any inanimate objects or vehicles in your reversal path.
  • High beam assist: Both sedans offer this intelligent lighting feature that can automatically turn on your high beams on dark roads, and then, shut them off when oncoming traffic is detected.
  • Audi pre sense® basic and city: This feature matches BMW's Active Protection System. Both of these systems take precautionary measures when an accident is detected. They can tighten seatbelts and close all windows.
  • Audi connect® CARE assistance and security services: The BMW's corresponding system is BMW Assist eCall™These features can help you get in contact with emergency services after an accident occurs.

The Audi A4 takes safety up a level by offering a standard lane departure warning feature on its base trim. The BMW 3 Series M model offers this feature. However, it is not standard across all models like it is in the A4.

There are also a few more available safety features offered by the A4:

  • Park assist: This available steering guide can help drivers maneuver into tight parallel or perpendicular parking spots. The driver will have full control over throttle and braking.
  • Top view camera system: To help you get a better view of your surroundings, this available camera system can give drivers a top-down view of their vehicle.
  • Audi adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam assist and Turn assist: To help drivers navigate the ebb and flow of congested traffic, this intelligent feature will help you keep a set distance from the vehicle in front of you.

2022 Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series Performance Specs

As luxury sport sedans, both the 2022 Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series offer exceptional performances that will get you from point A to point B and anywhere in between in no time. With their hearty engines, either sedan would be a great option to add some pep to your morning commutes.

However, if you're looking for a sedan that can offer better maneuverability over winter weather road conditions or gravel back roads, the Audi A4 may be more equipped to handle these kinds of drives. While both vehicles offer all-wheel drive systems, the A4'S quattro® all-wheel drive comes standard.

2022 Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series: Finding the Right Luxury Car

Discover the luxury model that's right for you. The 2022 Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series represent the luxury small car category well. Explore the roads of Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, New York, behind the wheel of the A4 with a test drive at Maguire Audi of Ithaca. We look forward to showing you why the A4 can be the perfect fit.

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