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Fast and responsive the 2021 BMW 3-Series is the ultimate in sporty performance and sophistication. For 2021, BMW has decided to eliminate the manual transmission model but the automatic transmission models still have a lot to offer. With an elegant cabin and refined styling, the 2021 3-Series will stand out anywhere. It can handle day-to-day use with ease while at the same time delivering a thrilling ride when required to.
The 2021 Audi A5 Sportback is gorgeous with styling that enhances its sports heritage. It drives well too, although not as well as one would expect from an Audi sports car. Space is also limited, making the 2021 A5 Sportback far less practical than the 3-Series.
Let us look at these two vehicles and see how they stack up against each other.
Design & Style
The 2021 3-Series styling is designed to enhance its sporty features and in this, the designers at BMW succeeded. The car features sleek lines that accentuate its aggressive stance. The 2021 3-Series also has a generous trunk space, easily fitting 6 carry-on luggage cases. With the rear seat folded, one can probably fit twice that number with plenty of space to spare. The cabin is decked with premium materials and the 2021 3-Series has an overall feel of sophisticated luxury.
When it comes to the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback, the interior is less plush than that of the 2021 3-Series. This is partly due to the use of less-than-premium materials in the interior. The 2021 A5 Sportback also has significant space problems in the interior. The sloping roofline that gives it its attractive sporty looks also means that the sitting space in the rear is compromised.
Technology & Safety
When it comes to tech and safety features, the 2021 BMW 3-Series features an 8-inch display that controls the infotainment features. The system runs on BMW’s iDrive software which means that you get excellent graphics as well as seamless operations. Other features in this car include charging ports as well as smartphone integration in all trims.
When it comes to the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback, buyers can get a variety of tech features including a 10-inch infotainment display. However, the catch is that most of these good features are only available in higher trims. This means that you have to pay more to get some of the features that are standard in the 2021 3-Series.
Under the hood, buyers of the 2021 3-Series can expect to get a 2-liter turbocharged engine in the base model. This is quite sufficient to power the 2021 3-Series and the car accelerates smoothly with no lag. If one is looking for a little more power, they can opt for the 3-liter engine that provides a more powerful and sporty performance. For the fuel-conscious, the 2021 3-Series also comes with a hybrid variant that features an electric motor that is paired with a 2-liter engine.
With the 2021 A5 Sportback, the base model comes with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 200 hp. This makes the Sportback a pretty fast car. Audi also offers the 2021 A5 Sportback with a slightly bigger engine that produces 260hp. The difference between the two is however not discernable, especially during everyday use. Handling is a little shaky and the ride comfort is not what you would expect from an Audi.
The Bottom Line
While the two cars are very close in most parameters, the BMW has a clear edge over the Audi. The 2021 3-Series has a better ride quality, better interior, and is far more practical than the 2021 A5 Sportback. This makes the BMW the clear winner in this comparison.
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