2014 BMW 435i vs. 2014 Audi S5
Coupes are an interesting segment of the automotive world. They are far from functional, with just two doors. Their shortcomings, for many, don’t outweigh their positives. Coupes are light, usually performance oriented, low and extremely fun to drive. Coupes have always been the go-to car for many enthusiasts looking for something stylish yet powerful.
This has created an abundance of two-door sports cars, a segment not ignored by German automakers. Both BMW and Audi have entrants in the segment. While Audi has the S5, BMW recently dissolved the 3-Series coupe and moved it to its own model, the 4-Series.
The majority of buyers opt for either the standard S5 or 435i. These cars are well matched for a comparison test.
2014 Audi S5
The Audi S5 is not in its seventh model year and has changed little since its initial introduction. It is a well-designed coupe that is looking dated though. Audi design hasn’t exactly been thrilling over the years. More sound and sensations permeate the S5’s mediocre cabin. The suspension doesn’t filter out harsh conditions like the BMW.
Just like the exterior design, the interior has changed little over the years. The interior doesn’t feel special, but instead pulled from the parts bin of other Audis—you sit in one Audi you have sat in them all.
Overall, the Audi S5 is smaller than BMW, harsh and while it does have a commanding, luxurious presence, misses the mark on what a true sports coupe should be—light, stylish and fun to drive.
2014 BMW 435i
The 4-Series is new to the BMW lineup, even though the car is not. The 4-Series is built upon the new 3-Series chassis. The 435i is the bread and butter of BMW’s coupe lineup.
BMW’s exterior design is spot on. It looks elegant, keeping true to the ethos of the brand, while still appearing aggressive. It is a design that steals the limelight.
Once you slip inside the 435i, you are presented with a functional and stylish interior that matches the luxuriousness of the exterior design language. The interior uses soft touch and expensive materials that make driving the 435i a joy.
Under the hood is BMW’s inline-six engine that produces a copious amount of low-end torque; making canyon cruises worth every minute.
In our somewhat biased opinion, there is no real competition between the 2014 BMW 435i and 2014 Audi S5. The 435i is better suited at being both a sports car and luxury coupe. It feels fresh, new and luxurious without feeling hindered by corporate design language like the Audi.
For more information on the 2014 BMW 435i, visit Bill Jacobs BMW at 2495 Aurora Ave, in Naperville, IL.