Like most automakers these days, BMW and Audi pay their bills selling SUVs and crossovers. That’s where the volume is. That’s where profits are made. However, the two global giants made their reputations on fun-to-drive, sexy coupes — vehicles like the BMW 2002 of the early 1970s and the Audi Quattro, which dominated world rally racing a decade later. At the moment such machines aren’t as important to the bottom line, but they’re still important to the image of these brands. And for the 2021 model year, with the introduction of the all-new BMW 430i, the rivalry with the Audi A5 Quattro has gotten even hotter.
Make no mistake: These are two of the best turbocharged all-wheel drive coupes in the world. Both bring the performance, style, features, and luxuries you expect at their lofty price points. But which is best? Let’s examine the 2021 BMW 430i and the 2021 Audi A5 Quattro in key areas and decide.