2010 Audi S4 vs. 2009 BMW 335i Comparison Test

2009 BMW 3 Series Sedan

(3.0L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo 6-speed Manual)
  • 2010 Audi S4 vs. 2009 BMW 335i Comparison Test Video

    The BMW 3 Series has been the sport sedan of record for as long as we can remember. In this 2010 Audi S4 vs. 2009 BMW 335i Comparison Test Video, has the Audi S4 finally bumped it off? | October 16, 2009

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  • Comparison Test
  • Second Opinion
  • Top 6 Features
  • Final Rankings and Scoring Explanation
  • 2010 Audi S4 Specs and Performance
  • 2009 BMW 3 Series Specs and Performance

Given all the praise heaped on the BMW 3 Series over the years, we can't blame you for thinking there's more to the story. We've heard all the conspiracy theories, most of them involving checks in large denominations from Munich.

This might seem believable to a certain segment of the population, but there's a far less interesting truth behind all those wins: The BMW was the best car. Sure, certain rivals often upped their game in one area or another, but the 3 Series always put it all together in a way that made it better.

So now the 2010 Audi S4 is here to take another shot. It's all-new this year and the old V8 is gone. There's now a supercharged V6 in its place, along with a lower price designed to better align the S4 with the BMW 335i.

The BMW 3 Series received a face-lift of its own last year. It was mostly minor trim changes and the like, but we're told that iDrive thing was tweaked again, too (oh, lovely).

Sounds like a fair fight, no?

Hope You Got a Bonus This Year
Probably best to get the cost issue out of the way up front. These are not the entry-level sport sedans their names might suggest. The BMW 3 Series may start just below $34,000 on the low end, but once you add the 300-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine — and you do want to do that — the base price jumps to $40K.

That doesn't include much in the way of features, either, so our 2009 BMW 335i test car includes extras like a Sport package and a Premium package and a Cold Weather package and various other options. Final sticker price: $49,320.

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