2019 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 3 Series Gran Turismo and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 3 Series Gran Turismo for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Allroad.

There are over 13 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 3 Series Gran Turismo’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 3 Series Gran Turismo has a standard 170-amp alternator. The Allroad’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 3 Series Gran Turismo has a standard 900-amp battery. The Allroad’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The 340i Gran Turismo’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 74 more horsepower (322 vs. 248) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 273) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the 3 Series Gran Turismo’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Allroad doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.

Tires and Wheels

The 340i Gran Turismo’s optional 255/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Allroad’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 340i Gran Turismo offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 3 Series Gran Turismo can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Allroad doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 3 Series Gran Turismo’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the Allroad (115 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

The 330i Gran Turismo handles at .86 G’s, while the Allroad Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The 3 Series Gran Turismo has 2.2 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and 3.5 inches more rear legroom than the Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the 3 Series Gran Turismo’s rear seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The 3 Series Gran Turismo has a larger trunk than the Allroad with its rear seat up (24.6 vs. 24.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the 3 Series Gran Turismo w/Comfort Access the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The 3 Series Gran Turismo’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

When the 3 Series Gran Turismo is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Allroad’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 3 Series Gran Turismo’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The BMW 3 Series comes in sedan, four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Audi Allroad isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Recommendations

The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

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Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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The 3 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 20 of the last 25 years. The Allroad has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 13 of the last 23 years. The Allroad has never been an “All Star.”

The BMW 3 Series outsold the Audi A4/S4 by 29% during 2018.

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