The brand new BMW four Sequence Gran Coupe is right here, lastly. Followers of the 4er GC have been ready, extraordinarily impatiently, ever because the G20 three Sequence debuted to see this very automotive. The primary-gen automotive (dubbed F36) has an especially loyal buyer base, made up of householders that solely wish to change their present automotive with a brand new model and nothing else. Nonetheless, they’re not the one clients on this section, because the Audi A5 Sportback has really been doing it for longer.
Now that the brand new BMW four Sequence Gran Coupe is right here, it makes some sense to match it to the automotive that basically kick-started this section. The primary-gen “B8” Audi A5 Sportback is now not on sale however this newer, second-gen “B9” A5 Sportback is and, regardless of being a number of years outdated now, remains to be an important wanting automotive. So which one appears finest?
That is really a bit trickier of a comparability than I believed it might be. Personally, I really like the best way the Audi A5 Sportback appears. It’s so-so to drive however it has a lot presence on the street and appears a lot extra particular than the common four-cylinder, lease-special automobiles in its section. So I believed it was going to stroll away with this one however the four Sequence Gran Coupe shocked me a bit.
Up entrance, I nonetheless have to provide it to the Audi. Whereas I’m changing into much less and fewer offended by BMW’s huge kidney grille design, I nonetheless don’t prefer it. It’s nonetheless too huge, nonetheless appears misplaced, and simply lacks any form of cohesion with the remainder of the entrance finish. The Audi A5’s grille, nonetheless, is much extra cohesive and appears to suit its entrance finish higher. And whereas it’s simply as huge because the Bimmer’s, its form and implementation are higher.
In profile, although, it’s a detailed name. Each are nice wanting automobiles from the facet, for various causes. The BMW four Sequence Gran Coupe is a bit smoother and a bit extra muscular however it’s additionally a bit bulkier. The Audi A5 Sportback, then again, sports activities a a lot sharper shoulder line, an extended and decrease design, and extra flowing curves. Although, it’s beginning to present its age. Each look nice, although, and I’d be completely satisfied proudly owning both, so it’s a draw.
Out again, it’s a little bit of a tricky name, but once more. Each automobiles really look fairly good from the again. You possibly can see their muscular rear haunches, they each have sporty taillights, and tall deck lids. The Audi’s slick dancing taillights are cooler wanting however its exhausts are faux, which hurts its inventory. The four Sequence’ exhausts are a bit boring wanting however at the very least they’re actual. So I’m gonna name this one as one other draw. Each have their professionals and cons and I like each lots, so I’m gonna journey the fence, right here.
Now for the cabins. Audi has been killing inside design for many years and it’s no completely different right here. The cabin of the A5 Sportback is healthier wanting, sports activities higher ergonomics, and has a steering wheel that doesn’t really feel like a python. BMW’s four Sequence inside isn’t dangerous, in any respect, it’s simply not very particular feeling, whereas the A5 Sportback appears and feels a bit extra fascinating. Tech-wise, each automobiles are in a little bit of a impasse, because the four Sequence has a greater infotainment system, whereas the A5 Sportback has higher digital gauges. General, although, I’d reasonably sit within the Audi for longer than within the BMW.
If you happen to tally up the wins, it’s a tie. I actually just like the look of each automobiles and selecting one would actually have to come back right down to the best way they drive. Since we are able to’t drive the four Sequence Gran Coupe but, I can’t make that willpower. Till then, it’s a draw.