The BMW 335i (F30) sedan is put to the test against the more powerful (and more expensive) Audi S4 in this Autobild comparison. Can the 335i keep up? While the 335i was down on acceleration compared to the S4, the author still picked the 335i over the S4. Let's have a look as to how.
"The 300hp inline-6 in the 3-series impresses with its sharp throttle response and smooth-as-silk operation. Not only does it accelerate the 335i strongly, but it also shows a nice and warm engine sound causing goose bumps. And that's something the Audi can't keep up with. Its [Audi's] V6 does make a good noise but it's always a bit artificial - as if the engine sound was composed on a computer and not in the engine bay. At 333hp, it's got enough power however and revvs freely. Despite being 188kg heavier, the Audi even trumps the BMW in terms of acceleration."
"This isn't an easy decision: Costs aside, the Audi wins 3 categories. But at the end of the day the BMW 335i still manages to come out on top by a 10-point-margin. It's got a marvelous engine and - yes, that's right - is almost 10,000 EUR less."
Here were the technical results and specs: