The 2022 Audi S5 Sportback looks terrific, accelerates quickly, and moves swiftly through corners like today's top sports sedans, however, its driving personality lacks some of the drama we want from a sports sedan. The 2021 BMW M340i is tremendously pleasurable to drive regardless of its smooth powertrains at work. While its outstanding refinement is tempered by a less than perfect steering feel, its body is smooth on just about any type of road, its brakes are robust, and its ride is pleasant for daily tasks. It also boasts a spacious trunk and a luxurious interior.
While, both the Audi and the BMW are wonderful sports sedans, let's take a closer look at what each has to offer.
2022 Audi Q5 Sportback Vs 2021 BMW M340i: Engine Performance
The Audi S5 Sportback remains mostly untouched for 2022, except for 19-inch tires and also faux carbon fiber inside decor, which are now standard. The turbocharged V6 engine, with a displacement of 3.0 liters, is much more powerful and has more torque when compared with the supercharged engine seen in the previous generation S5. It accelerates quickly from a halt and overtakes other cars on the freeway with ease.
The 8-speed automatic transmission functions wonderfully, but in comfort mode, its penchant for second gear starts and that magnifies the engine's initial turbo lag and makes the Audi S5 Sportback sluggish off the line. Touch the "Drive Select" button to change from comfort to dynamic or automatic mode, and the Audi S5 Sportback comes back to life. Likewise, the transmission seems hesitant to shift out of comfort mode. Again, switching to dynamic or auto solves the problem.
The 2021 BMW M340i gets a wonderful turbo 3.0 liter inline-six engine. This BMW will never lack speed whilst packing 383 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent just to the rear wheels, while BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is available as an option. The reduced torque permits wonderfully simple passing on the highway and fun filled blasts down back roads.
The 2021 BMW M340i can truly dance when paired with a faster 8-speed automatic transmission. You will enjoy downshifting with the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, especially when you can hear the cracks of the BMW M340i's exhaust. Stronger springs, a rear torque vectoring differential, improved anti roll bars, and adaptive suspension elements make the BMW M340i a pure delight on back roads. When you swerve this automobile into a turn, the nose dives straight in. The regular M-Sport brakes have plenty of bite as well. These brakes are somewhat delicate and can be difficult to adjust, but they're a great improvement considering the BMW 330i's stock brakes. Overall, the M340i's improvement is fantastic.
2022 Audi Q5 Sportback Vs 2021 BMW M340i: Interior, Exterior, And Comfort
The inside of the 2022 Audi S5 Sportback is made of high quality materials, has an excellent finish, and is specifically made. Despite its low roofing, the Sportback has a surprisingly large interior.
Those looking for even more inside space can consider the less swoop but functionally comparable Audi S4 car, which has over 0.5 inches greater legroom for back seat occupants. Front seats boasting heating and massaging functions, three zone temperature control, a sunroof, and also passive entry and push button start are standard on every Audi S5 Sportback.
The Sportback's hatchback body shape make it quite adaptable, and it features one of the most spacious trunks in this market. With the back seats up, you can stow six carry-on luggage and a staggering 16 when the seats are folded. Smaller things such as smartphones and spectacles have limited storage room in the cabin.
The interior of the BMW M340i has been redesigned with superb materials and amazing build quality. Nothing about the BMW M340i seems cheap, and the buttons are arranged quite well. BMW also increased outward visibility, and also the usual sport seats are very firm, with enough flexibility to provide a comfortable ride. A comprehensive heads up display, programmable ambient interior lighting, heated front and back seats, remote ignition, and wireless charging are among the optional features.
The electronic instrument cluster on the BMW is a little crowded, but it's still appealing. One might find the counterclockwise movement of the tachometer indicator strange at first, but it becomes second nature soon. The BMW M340i has a trunk that features a power operated lid as an option. This BMW's cargo area is seventeen cubic feet, which means it can hold six carry-on luggage and seventeen overall with the rear seat folded.
2022 Audi Q5 Sportback Vs 2021 BMW M340i: Infotainment And Connectivity
The 2022 Audi S5 Sportback includes a 10.1 inches touchscreen as standard, replacing the former 8.3 inches center screen. The developed model still has built-in GPS and wireless charging, but it doesn't have the rotary controller on the center console anymore. Even though this was more intuitive and preferred among customers than regular touch inputs. Features available include Apple CarPlay and also Android Auto connectivity, voice control, and Bluetooth audio and phone.
The BMW M340i has a slew of driver assist systems to keep you pampered while driving. Adaptive cruise control (ACC), frontal collision warning, and the automated emergency braking are among the features available. A driver assistance package which is optional adds blind spot warnings, lane departure warnings, and parking sensors. Also, there is no shortage of places to charge your smartphone in this automobile. You can choose between a wireless charging pad and USB-A or USB-C ports. Back seat passengers will also have USB-C connections and a twelve volt outlet.
Sources: CarandDriver, CNET, Edmunds