When it come to luxury sedans, Nashville buyers have their choice from a range of different automakers. Audi and Lexus lead the pack though. Both are synonymous with precision engineering, performance and reliability. Two sedans that might catch your attention are the 2016 Lexus IS 200t and the 2016 Audi A4 2.0 T Premium Front Track. Which is the right option for your next purchase, though?
Both the 2016 Lexus IS 200t and the 2016 Audi A4 2.0 T are sleek and stylish. Both feature an oversized front grille, as well as an aggressive, road-hugging stance that makes them more reminiscent of sports cars than four-door sedans. However, the Lexus manages to evoke a sleeker, sportier style than the Audi, which is a little bulkier.
The 2016 Lexus IS 200t features sleek leather seats and one of the best cabin designs in the luxury sedan segment. Sliding into the seat is like getting into a cockpit, with all the controls within reach. The 2016 Audi A4 is a little more akin to getting into any other car. It’s not bad, but it’s not an experience apart, like the Lexus is. You’ll also find that the Audi lacks some standard features that you’d really expect to see on a car at this price point, notably Bluetooth integration and USB connectivity. It’s also worth noting that the Audi’s interior is very aged – it hasn’t seen an update in several years.
Under the Hood
Powering the IS 200t is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that manages to produce 241 hp. It’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and delivers 22 mpg in town and 33 mpg on the highway. In comparison, the Audi A4 2.0 T Premium Front Track provides a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 220 hp and a CVT. Fuel economy for the Audi is 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
In terms of on-road performance, the 2016 Lexus IS 200t definitely wins out over the Audi. It offers outstanding handling and one of the best rides in the segment. It hugs turns, and provides plenty of driver feedback. The Audi manages to provide decent performance, which would be rated as good in a lower-tier, but not for the luxury sedan segment. The Audi’s engine is less powerful than the Lexus’, and the ride quality can be more than a little harsh, particularly over less than perfect roadways.
As you can see, the 2016 Lexus IS 200t is an all around better performer than the 2016 Audi A4 2.0 T. For the money, it offers better performance, improved handling, and you gain the benefit of Lexus’ renowned reliability and value holding capabilities. We invite you to visit us at Lexus of Nashville so you can get behind the wheel of a new IS 200t yourself and take it for a test drive. We know you’ll be as impressed as we are.