This isn’t going to be an apples-to-apples comparability check, just because it will possibly’t be. The BMW 2 Sequence is a singular competitor in its phase, being a two-door, rear-wheel drive coupe, somewhat than a four-door, front-wheel drive-based sedan. Nonetheless, there actually isn’t every other premium, small, rear-drive coupe within the phase, so if the two Sequence goes to be in contrast with something, we’re going to must stretch the foundations a bit.
Sure, the BMW 2 Sequence and Audi A3 are very completely different automobiles on paper however they’re truly a bit extra related than you would possibly suppose. For starters, they price across the similar; $33,900 for the Audi and $36,900 for the BMW. They’re additionally related in dimension, nonetheless have seating for 4, have sensible trunks, begin out with 2.zero liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and are automated solely. Positive, their our bodies are completely different however they each supply small, premium enjoyable, in sensible, usable packages from every of their respective manufacturers. So let’s check out which one appears finest.
Up entrance, it’s truly a little bit of a tricky one. The brand new BMW 2 Sequence isn’t precisely the prettiest Bimmer ever made however its refreshingly regular grille and headlights make it a sight for very sore eyes. Nonetheless, I feel the Audi A3 is a bit higher trying up entrance. The 2er is cool and all, with its 2002-inspired headlights and Z8-style kidney grille, however the A3’s sharper headlights and cleaner grille design are only a bit extra good-looking.
In profile, I feel the win has to go to the two Sequence. Its traditional three-box coupe form is simply too good trying to beat with a conventional sedan. The Audi A3 is an effective trying sedan, with muscular fender flares and sharp creases, however it’s additionally a bit fussy, with numerous physique strains moving into seemingly completely different instructions. Additionally, BMW’s easy design appears clear and timeless and can possible age quite a bit higher than the A3 will.
Out again, it’s additionally a little bit of a tricky selection. The two Sequence’ taillights, whereas not unhealthy, are its least profitable design component, due to their funky form. The Audi A3 isn’t precisely stunning, both, however its OLED taillights are characteristic cool lighting parts. On the flip facet, the two Sequence has actual exhausts, which is at all times a giant win. I feel I’ve to present the nod to the Bimmer, resulting from its barely sportier appears and actual exhausts. However it’s shut.
On the within, the Audi A3 takes the win, palms down. It’s simply much more attention-grabbing to take a look at, with completely different shapes, depth, and layers. The two Sequence has a pleasant inside however it’s actually nothing particular. It’s a three Sequence inside which, whereas not unhealthy, was boring when it debuted a few years in the past. Audi’s Digital Cockpit can be miles higher than BMW’s Reside Cockpit Skilled and its steering wheels usually are not solely higher to take a look at but additionally nicer to carry. So the A3 wins inside, with out query.
That leaves each automobiles in a 2-2 tie, out of 4 completely different classes. I hate fence sitting, so I’d like to select a winner right here however it’s truly fairly troublesome. If it had been my selection, I’d most likely take the two Sequence, just because I feel it’s a extra distinctive design that can get higher with age. It’s additionally utterly distinctive amongst BMW’s lineup, which is one thing you don’t see on this cookie-cutter trade anymore. The Audi A3 is a bit safer, a bit extra present in its design, whereas additionally trying very corporate-Audi. It’s nonetheless good trying, the A3, however if you’d like one thing that’s going to face out a bit extra, the BMW 2 Sequence might be the automotive.