Yet again, we have another topic about a BMW model going up against a competitor in the same category. This time, we have the BMW 2 Series Convertible which was tested against the Audi A3 Cabriolet by AutoExpress UK to see how they compared. The result? Keep reading the find out.
For the specs, both the A3 and 2 Series convertibles are actually pretty similar, at least in the US. So that should set the tone for this piece nicely enough. Now, the two models can come with a 2.0L, turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine with automatic transmissions. As such, it would be easy to expect the same performance.
In the case of the A3, you get 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 228i on the other hand, has 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, the A3 has slightly more torque and the 228i has slightly more horsepower (this is mostly due to its RWD setup). Now, the A3 offers a 6-speed, S-Tronic, dual-clutch gearbox. The 2 Series, on the other hand, uses the ZF, 8-speed automatic.
Now that we have established at least some of their specs, you should have a pretty good idea of what’s on offer. On that note, for the test that was done, they used the BMW 220d which provides 184 horsepower and the Audi A3 2.0 TDI which has 148 horsepower.
Because of the convertible M235i, the advantage seems to be with BMW right now. The S3 convertible of Audi is not set to be released in the US until later. Still, when it came to the actual test, AutoExpress gave the higher score to the A3.
You can read an excerpt from their review below:
Audi A3 Cabriolet
The A3 Cabriolet’s broad appeal means it beats the BMW. It’s better to drive, more comfortable and spacious, cheaper and, with superb residuals, will depreciate less. It might cost slightly more to run than the 2 Series, but with less power its performance is still impressive – and the chassis is better. You needn’t make many concessions for running a convertible when it’s this good.
BMW 2 Series Convertible
It has more firepower and a bigger boot, but the 2 Series Convertible isn’t as well rounded as the A3 Cabriolet. It’s a vast improvement on its predecessor, with more flowing proportions and enough tech to match the Audi. However, the body control isn’t as good, so it feels less planted. Add in its more cramped, less slick interior, and the Audi stays on top.