A good car is not only defined by its drive-line specs but also its price and styling. And on that breath, the Audi A3 and BMW 2 series look almost the same.

The Audi A3 is a sedan and is currently selling at a price of $31,200 while the BMW 2 series is selling at $33,150, which makes it slightly more expensive than the A3. The BMW operates under Rear-Wheel-Drive (standard) while the Audi operates under Front-Wheel-Drive (standard). Both of them are manufactured in Germany. They both offer a ton of different features and options.

The BMW is comprised of two different body styles; a coupe and a convertible. The convertible in particular, is highly unique and has been lauded by critics as being one of the finest entry-level luxury convertibles available. It boasts a refined and thrilling ride as well as cutting-edge technology. The 2 Series convertible has few true competitors, but the closest is the Audi A3 convertible. However, there are marked differences that may continue to make the BMW option the standout. To learn how these two vehicles are similar, and what importance the respective brands place on Well-equipped base models, continue reading;

Power and handling

The Beemer convertible offers a thrilling power train to create one of the most dynamic rides available. Available with either rear or four-wheel drive systems, the customer can also choose between a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 255 lb-ft of torque and 240 horsepower. The 2 Series takes the top spot in its class for the highest level of horsepower in a base model, which further cements the vehicle as one of the most impressive on the market.

The A3 convertible comes equipped with a standard 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4, which provides 200 lb-ft of torque and 186 horsepower. The vehicle comes standard with a six-speed automated manual transmission, and a front-wheel drive system. For more power, customers will have to opt for the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, which provides 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. However, this more expensive engine still comes under what the 2 Series comes standard with.

Features and design

The beautiful BMW 2 Series boasts many features that clearly mark it as a luxury convertible. From the twin-kidney grille, to the beautiful body work, the 2 Series will impress at every angle. The interior is remarkably spacious given the sleek design of the vehicle, and there is a great array of standard features. Occupants will love the beautiful 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as the HD Radio, 6.5-inch display, and incredible 10-speaker audio system. Additionally standard are rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone climate control, and a USB port.

Audi A3 convertible has a design with many of the brand’s signature features, like the Audi insignia emblazoned on the front. The interior is relatively spacious, though the brand has not utilized space as well as BMW. Rear seat passenger will find their ride particularly cramped. Some of the features that the Audi A3 comes standard with include Cruise control, automatic Xenon headlights, and automatic wipers. Unfortunately, drivers will have to pay more to have many of the features that the 2 Series comes standard with, like a USB port, and dual-zone climate control.

The cost of replacements parts

Like all other kinds of machines, proper maintenance of your car is of paramount importance. The cost of doing repairs is generally determined by the cost of replacement parts required plus the Workmanship involved. According to the recent research carried out by car experts, it was clear that the cost of replacements parts for the Audi A3 was cheaper than those of the Beemer.

The average quote for repairs for both vehicles is almost the same. But where do the discrepancies come from when it comes to the total maintenance cost? The real gap on the cost of maintenance of BMW 2 series Vs Audi A3 is noticed for repair types that are not frequent. The less-frequent repair types include clutch, cam belt, and gearbox replacement. It is generally more expensive for these types of repairs on the BMW.

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Conclusion.

The BMW2 Series convertible is truly a beautiful option, offering the refinement of a luxury brand, along with one of the most impressive power trains available. With a perfect combination of great equipment and incredible power, the 2 Series easily takes the top spot over the Audi A3. The A3 especially does not provide the same level of excitement and driver-centric atmosphere the BMW option provides.

Read more about both of these cars from the manufactuers websites:

http://www.audi.com

http://www.bmw.com