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)

OptionsTesla Model 3Audi A4 Sedan
BodyHybrid steel/aluminum bodyLightweight construction technology - multi-material body construction (steel and aluminum composition) and multistep anti-corrosion protection

Interior Dimensions (Inches)

OptionsTesla Model 3Audi A4 Sedan
Headroom - Front / Rear39.6 / 37.7 (40.3 / 37.7 with Glass Roof)38.9 / 37.4
Leg Room - Front / Rear42.7 / 35.241.3 / 35.7
Shoulder Room - Front / Rear56.3 / 54.055.9 / 54.5
Hip Room - Front / Rear53.4 / 52.4N/A / N/A

Luggage Capacity / Cargo Volume (ft³)

 Tesla Model 3Audi A4 Sedan
(compare with several other Sedans and EVs)1513

Emissions / Fuel Economy

 Tesla Model 3Audi A4 Sedan
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yearZero5.7 (Est)
Fuel Economy MPGe / MPG126 MPGeHighway: 37, City: 27, Combined: 31

Weight Info

Base Curb Weight : lbs3549 (Standard Battery)3450
 3814 (Long Range Battery) 


OptionsTesla Model 3Audi A4 Sedan
FrontDouble wishbone, virtual steer axis front suspension with coil over twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer barFive-link front independent steel spring suspension
RearIndependent multi-link rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer barFive-link rear independent steel spring suspension


OptionsTesla Model 3Audi A4 Sedan
Climate ControlDual zone climate control systemDual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning, HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
Seating TrimTextile seating (all vegan)Leather seating surfaces
Front ArmrestFront center console with open storage and two USB portsSliding Front Center Armrest with Storage
TrimPremium 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 LightingNo Official InfoFade-To-Off Interior Lighting

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Convenience / Connectivity / Tech

OptionsTesla Model 3Audi A4 Sedan
On-board ComputerOn-board Supercomputer (Nvidia Drive PX2)No Official Info
Steering ControlsSteering wheel with twin scrollers enabling access to multiple-functions including steering height and side mirror adjustmentsThree-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles
Center Screen15" center touch screen with multi layered info, navigation and autopilot display7.0" MMI®  center infotainment display
Internet connectivityWi-Fi and LTE internet connectivityN/A
RadioFM/Internet streaming radioRadio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
Hands Free CallingBluetooth® hands-free calling and media streamingBLUETOOTH® wireless technology preparation & streaming audio for compatible devices
Keyless EntryKeyless entry and remote climate control using the Tesla appRemote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
Rearview MirrorAuto dimming rear-view mirrorDay-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Side MirrorsPower-adjustable side mirrorsBody-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Power WindowsOne-touch power windows throughoutPower 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Power Seats12-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 ProfilesUniversal driver profiles accessible through entire Tesla fleetNo Official Info
Rear CameraBack-Up CameraRear view parking camera
Trunk/Frunk OpeningManual Opening (mainly due to future ride sharing phenomenon)Remote Power Cargo Access


OptionsTesla Model 3Audi A4 Sedan
BrakesElectromechanically 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/SensorsEight cameras, forward radar and twelve ultrasonic sensors enabling active safety technologies including collision avoidance and automatic emergency brakingAirbag Occupancy Sensor, Audi pre sense basic Forward Collision
AirbagsSix front row and two side curtain airbagsDriver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, front thorax side airbags and Sideguard® head curtain airbags
Seat BeltsThree-point safety belts with belt-reminders for driver and four passengersFront safety belts with automatic pretensioners, Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger safety belts for installation of child-restraint seat
LATCHTwo LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) attachments in second rowLower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats
Traction / Stability ControlsElectronic stability and traction controlDynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features; with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
Tire Pressure MonitoringTire pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring system
Anti-theftAnti-theft alarm systemAudio Theft Deterrent
Child LocksChild safety locksRear Child Safety Locks

Warranties / Assistance

OptionsTesla Model 3Audi A4 Sedan
Warranty4 year, 50,000 mile limited warranty4 Years/50,000 Miles
Battery8 year, 100,000 mile (120,000 mile with Long Range Battery)N/A
Roadside Assistan24x7x365 Availability (more info)4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Other WarrantiesN/ADrivetrain: 4 Years/50,000 Miles, Corrosion: 12 Years/Unlimited Miles, Maintenance: 1 Years/10,000 Miles
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  • anonim1979
    Posted at 16:22h, 09 September Reply

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

    Lousy grammar from the very beginning… get an editor.

    • X Auto
      Posted at 18:25h, 09 September Reply

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

      • anonim1979
        Posted at 19:04h, 09 September Reply

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

        • X Auto
          Posted at 19:46h, 09 September Reply

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

  • MP
    Posted at 17:24h, 09 September Reply

    Not even the right width on the Model 3

    • X Auto
      Posted at 18:44h, 09 September Reply

      Corrected, thx for the wake-up call !

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