BMW 4-Series vs Merc C-Coupe vs Audi A5
BMW's two-door successor to the 3-Series coupe has arrived. We test it against its German competition
Posted: 04 Dec 2013
It's arriving in showrooms as we speak, so we've gathered some opposition to see how it gets on. Specifically Germans. More specifically, the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. Despite a recent refresh, the A5 is approaching retirement, while the C Coupe - which does exactly what it says on the badge - is only two years old. We've chosen the four-cylinder diesels, which keep them within reach of crunched salaries. That's just over 30 grand for starters, though the models we have here come in a variety of trims: an AMG styling/suspension pack for the Merc and a similar S line treatment for the Audi. The 420d is a base SE, though it does have optional M Sport adaptive ride. Those, plus a generous spray of other extras, bring them all closer to £40k.
Unencumbered by do-it-all briefs, they all have a licence to look good: the BMW, low and stretched; the Audi, steely and industrial; the Merc, poised and taut. The 4-Series - in this trim - makes do with less tinsel than the others, and the lower front bumper is filled with black plastic inserts, which could be improved with a slight upgrade. Better to invest in the visual treats, rather than the internet comms package or other costly extras buried in the long options list, which add around £8k to this one. More on that later.