Tesla Model 3 vs Audi A4 Sedan Comparison

Tesla Model 3 vs Audi A4 Sedan detailed comparison data

‘Audi A4 Sedan’ is a Tesla Model 3 competitor as previously described by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, so it is necessary for us to have a detailed comparison of both vehicles for any feature/option that we can find. Previously we compared Model 3 with BMW 3 Series 320i Sedan for the same purpose, to have an idea of what we are getting out of the most anticipated car of the year.

I have selected the 2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI ultra premium S Tronic FWD Sedan (MSRP: $36,975) which is close to the price of the base Tesla Model 3 (MSRP: $35,000). The Audi A4 compared here is the base model with front-wheel drivetrain (FWD), we will be posting a comparison for the Quattro (four-wheel-drive) model when Model 3 dual motor AWD (all-wheel-drive) version is launched next year.

The thing to remember here is that Tesla Model 3 is equipped with next-generation Autopilot/Self-Driving Hardware that makes it a potential full self-driving car of the future and gives the electric-sedan a clear edge over it’s ICE competitors. Traditional automakers might not be able to fill this gap anytime soon. Also the ‘zero-emissions’ advantage is unmatched on the Model 3.

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  Tesla Model 3
0-60 mph: 5.6 Secs (5.1 Secs Long Range version)
Audi A4
0-60 mph: 7.1 Secs

Exterior Dimensions (Inches)

Options Tesla Model 3 Audi A4 Sedan
Length 184.8 186.1
Width 76.1 72.5
Height 56.8 56.2
Wheelbase 113.2 111
Body Hybrid steel/aluminum body Lightweight construction technology - multi-material body construction (steel and aluminum composition) and multistep anti-corrosion protection

Interior Dimensions (Inches)

Options Tesla Model 3 Audi A4 Sedan
Headroom - Front / Rear 39.6 / 37.7 (40.3 / 37.7 with Glass Roof) 38.9 / 37.4
Leg Room - Front / Rear 42.7 / 35.2 41.3 / 35.7
Shoulder Room - Front / Rear 56.3 / 54.0 55.9 / 54.5
Hip Room - Front / Rear 53.4 / 52.4 N/A / N/A

Luggage Capacity / Cargo Volume (ft³)

  Tesla Model 3 Audi A4 Sedan
(compare with several other Sedans and EVs) 15 13

Emissions / Fuel Economy

  Tesla Model 3 Audi A4 Sedan
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year Zero 5.7 (Est)
Fuel Economy MPGe / MPG 126 MPGe Highway: 37, City: 27, Combined: 31

Weight Info

Base Curb Weight : lbs 3549 (Standard Battery) 3450
  3814 (Long Range Battery)  


Options Tesla Model 3 Audi A4 Sedan
Front Double wishbone, virtual steer axis front suspension with coil over twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar Five-link front independent steel spring suspension
Rear Independent multi-link rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar Five-link rear independent steel spring suspension


Options Tesla Model 3 Audi A4 Sedan
Climate Control Dual zone climate control system Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning, HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
Seating Trim Textile seating (all vegan) Leather seating surfaces
Front Armrest Front center console with open storage and two USB ports Sliding Front Center Armrest with Storage
Trim Premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor (Only with Premium upgrades pack) Interior Trim includes: Aluminum Instrument Panel Insert, Aluminum Door Panel Insert, Aluminum Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
Interior Lighting No Official Info Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Convenience / Connectivity / Tech

Options Tesla Model 3 Audi A4 Sedan
On-board Computer On-board Supercomputer (Nvidia Drive PX2) No Official Info
Steering Controls Steering wheel with twin scrollers enabling access to multiple-functions including steering height and side mirror adjustments Three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles
Center Screen 15" center touch screen with multi layered info, navigation and autopilot display 7.0" MMI®  center infotainment display
Internet connectivity Wi-Fi and LTE internet connectivity N/A
Radio FM/Internet streaming radio Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
Hands Free Calling Bluetooth® hands-free calling and media streaming BLUETOOTH® wireless technology preparation & streaming audio for compatible devices
Keyless Entry Keyless entry and remote climate control using the Tesla app Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
Rearview Mirror Auto dimming rear-view mirror Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Side Mirrors Power-adjustable side mirrors Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Power Windows One-touch power windows throughout Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Power Seats 12-way, power adjustable front seats, steering column and side mirrors (Only with Premium Upgrades Package. Manually adjustable seats in base Model 3) Heated 3-Step Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power front seats and 4-way power lumbar for driver
Driver Profiles Universal driver profiles accessible through entire Tesla fleet No Official Info
Rear Camera Back-Up Camera Rear view parking camera
Trunk/Frunk Opening Manual Opening (mainly due to future ride sharing phenomenon) Remote Power Cargo Access


Options Tesla Model 3 Audi A4 Sedan
Brakes Electromechanically boosted four wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
Radars/Sensors Eight cameras, forward radar and twelve ultrasonic sensors enabling active safety technologies including collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking Airbag Occupancy Sensor, Audi pre sense basic Forward Collision
Airbags Six front row and two side curtain airbags Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, front thorax side airbags and Sideguard® head curtain airbags
Seat Belts Three-point safety belts with belt-reminders for driver and four passengers Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners, Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger safety belts for installation of child-restraint seat
LATCH Two LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) attachments in second row Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats
Traction / Stability Controls Electronic stability and traction control Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features; with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
Tire Pressure Monitoring Tire pressure monitoring system Tire pressure monitoring system
Anti-theft Anti-theft alarm system Audio Theft Deterrent
Child Locks Child safety locks Rear Child Safety Locks

Warranties / Assistance

Options Tesla Model 3 Audi A4 Sedan
Warranty 4 year, 50,000 mile limited warranty 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Battery 8 year, 100,000 mile (120,000 mile with Long Range Battery) N/A
Roadside Assistan 24x7x365 Availability (more info) 4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Other Warranties N/A Drivetrain: 4 Years/50,000 Miles, Corrosion: 12 Years/Unlimited Miles, Maintenance: 1 Years/10,000 Miles

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Iqtidar Ali reports on the latest happenings at Tesla and Electric Vehicle forefront. With over 1 decade of experience in website development, he's our IT resource as well.

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> Tesla Model 3 has another main rival in it’s class,

Lousy grammar from the very beginning… get an editor.

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it was written in a hurry, I focused on the data…


Understood, but proofreader is always a good option.
BTW, the same typo here:
> edge over it’s ICE counterparts.

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Iqtidar Ali

We’re a small website, cannot hire a proofreader at the moment, some free service is welcome ! 🙂


Not even the right width on the Model 3

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Iqtidar Ali

Corrected, thx for the wake-up call !