Audi A4 versus Volkswagen Passat

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Audi A4 is one of the best selling luxury cars in the market today and has been a very good product and sales success for Audi India since its inception in our car market. We compare it with one of the best sellers from the D2 segment and from the stable of Volkswagen. The Passat is a wonderful car and has many excellent features. So, keep reading our car comparison today and find out how the A4 fares against the Passat.

Looks and design:

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Audi A4 has received excellent touches to its styling elements and looks more aggressive and sporty than earlier. It has a well designed front and rear section and overall contemporary design elements. It has flared wheel arches and sporty alloys and stylish front grille with integrated fog lamps. It has LED running lamps and tail lamps which are beautifully sculpted. The build quality is very German, which is basically top notch and fantastic.

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Volkswagen has done a splendid job with the styling on the Passat saloon car. It has a very premium feel to it and is certainly one of the best looking cars in the segment. It has a European design and looks very contemporary with its clear Xenon large headlamps. It has a touch of class and perfection and an aggressively designed front end adds to the looks of the car. It has excellent build and paint quality.

Looks overall – Audi A4 – 8.5/10
Looks overall – Volkswagen Passat – 8/10

Interiors – design, space and features:

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Audi A4 is a wonderful car with many exciting interior features such as wooden inserts and aluminum trim which gives it a modern and premium look. It has a leather wrapped steering wheel with multi functional controls. It has comfy seats and a very spacious cabin area with ample legroom and head room inside. It has 480 liters of boot space to store your luggage.

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Volkswagen is known for its feature packed cars and the Passat saloon is no different. It has features such as 12 speaker 6 CD changer music system with AUX capabilities. It has comfy seats that provide excellent range of adjustments and comfort. It has a cavernous boot space of 560 liters to carry your luggage. It has a speedometer and instrument panel with MID. It also brings a functional yet elegant dashboard.

Interiors overall – Audi A4 – 9/10
Interiors overall – Volkswagen Passat –
8.5/10

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:

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Audi A4 has excellent engine performance from its 1.8 liter TFSI petrol engine which makes 167 BHP at 6200 RPM and 250 NM of peak torque. ARAI has rated this engine to deliver 15.64 kmpl. It also brings a 2.0 liter TDI diesel engine which makes 143 BHP at 4200 RPM and 320 NM of torque between 1750 – 2500 RPM and has an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 16.7 kmpl. There is also a 3.0 liter TDI diesel engine which makes 245 BHP at 4000 RPM and 500 NM of torque between 1400 to 3250 RPM. It has an ARAI rated 14.94 kmpl of fuel efficiency.

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Volkswagen has a very powerful engine however it is available in a single engine variant and trim level only. It is not available in a petrol engine variant and the diesel engine now sports a new 2.0 liter 4 cylinder common rail diesel engine which produces 168 BHP of power and 350 NM of maximum torque. It has a 6 speed gearbox and an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 12.69 kmpl.

Engine overall – Audi A4 – 9/10
Engine overall – Volkswagen Passat –
8/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:

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Audi A4 has a very capable chassis and suspension setup. It strikes a perfect balance between handling dynamics and comfortable driving experience. It absorbs all the undulations to provide a very good ride quality. It has a responsive steering unit which feels sporty as the speeds go higher up. It has ABS + EBD with excellent brakes and also brings ESP and Brake Assist to further improve traction to the wheels.

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Volkswagen Passat has very good suspension setup which ensures a comfortable driving experience. It glides over bad roads and pot holed surfaces without causing any discomfort to the passengers. It has ABS + EBD along with ESP which ensures complete control over the car while braking and the brakes themselves are very powerful. It has a very good steering unit that gives excellent feedback to the driver.

Suspension overall – Audi A4 – 8.5/10
Suspension overall – Volkswagen Passat – 8.5/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Audi A4 is available from an ex-showroom New Delhi price of 27.85 lakhs for the petrol Audi A4 1.8 TFSI. The diesel engine variant has a price tag of 29.93 lakhs for Audi A4 2.0 TDI Multitronic and the Audi A4 3.0 TDI Quattro has a price of 37.92 lakhs.

Volkswagen Passat Highline 2.0 TDI is priced at (ex-showroom Delhi) 25.69 lakhs and brings many excellent features at reasonable pricing and fares very well against its rival in the segment. It is available in a single trim option and only in the diesel engine variant. It is a very good car with excellent build quality and performance.

Value for money overall – Audi A4 – 8.5/10
Value for money overall – Volkswagen Passat – 8.5/10

Verdict:

Audi A4 is a fantastic car and has all the features and performance required in a entry level luxury car in the country. It is one of the best cars in the market and is available at a very attractive price tag. The Volksagen Passat is a wonderful car and brings a sheer sense of luxury and premium at a very good price. It is good value for money for all the performance it brings along with its classy interiors and takes on higher specced rivals quite comfortably.

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