Cars like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 have been battling it out for quite a long time now. It’s been nearly 30 years since the debut of the A4 and the two cars have been at each other’s throats ever since. The newcomer to this group is the Jaguar XE and it’s worth the entry into the segment and is considered by many to be the best in the segment. Well Auto Express pit these three sports sedans against each other in this latest video to find out which is best.
The B9 generation Audi A4, which has yet to debut in the US, is considerably better than the car it replaces. The current B8 model is far too long in the tooth to be competitive in the segment any longer, especially with newcomers like the Jag. But the new B9 is proving to be worthy competition. It’s based on Audi’s new MLB platform and is significantly lighter and stiffer than the outgoing car. It has a 2.0 liter turbocharged TDI diesel four-cylinder engine develops 187 hp paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that powers all four wheels, via Audi’s famed Quattro system. This allows it to get from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds flat, which isn’t bad for a 2.0 TDI engine (save the diesel jokes). The A4’s real party trick is its interior, which is simply fantastic.
The BMW 3 Series has recently gotten its LCI refresh but, other than that, it’s not very new. This tested model was a BMW 320d, with the exact same 187 hp as the Audi A4 coming from a similarly sized 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. The Bimmer is a touch slower to 60 mph, doing the sprint in 7.1 seconds. However, the BMW makes its power lower in the rev range, allowing it to feel a bit quicker and its gearing is better so there’s less need to downshift at high speed as there is in the Audi. The 320d’s interior is very handsome, but it isn’t as nice as the cabin on the A4. On the outside, the 320d is the winner, as Audi’s new A4 design isn’t much different from the old one. It’s not bad looking, just boring nowadays. The Bimmer is the handler of the two as well, being sharper and more agile to drive, despite the A4 being very good in its own right.
But then comes the Jaguar XE. The newcomer has the best looks by far, though the interior could use some work, and is the cheapest. However, it’s also the slowest. Though it is the most efficient. It also can handle, with many enthusiasts saying it can out-hustle the BMW 3 Series. According to Auto Express, the Jaguar XE is the best car of the bunch, due to its superior handling, lower price and added efficiency. They didn’t name a second or third place, but judging by their comments, it seemed as if the 320d came in second with the Audi A4 trailing in 3rd.
All three of these cars are excellent and you’d be hard pressed to find any real complaints with any of them. Though, Auto Express did have to pick a winner and they chose the Jaguar XE. The BMW 320d seems like the better all-rounder, thanks to its better interior, more cargo and trunk space and more power, but I guess the Jag had a home field advantage. The A4 got very little love, though. It was comfortable, had a great ride, handled really well, was the fastest of the bunch and had by far the best interior. We’ll have to see how they stack up when we can eventually get our paws on one, but for now it seems as if Auto Express got this one mostly right.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley invited a group from a Montgomery homeless shelter for a post-Thanksgiving meal Friday on the grounds of a state-owned estate.
Bentley served turkey and trimmings and chatted about the upcoming Iron Bowl football game with residents of Friendship Mission.
"Everybody has worth. Everybody goes through difficult times and when they go through difficult times we need to try to help them," Bentley said.
The Friendship Mission in Montgomery houses about 150 people at its shelters for the homeless and also runs a daily soup kitchen.
The governor, who was divorced this year, also spent part of Thanksgiving day serving a meal at the homeless shelter.
"This is a big step up," said Avery Berry, "from eating every day at the Salvation Army to eating at the governor's mansion."
Ronald Smith, 59, said he came to the shelter nine years ago as a drug addict. Today, he works as the night manager in the men's shelter, a job that he says allows him to witness miracles every day.
Smith, who chatted with the governor about farming and their mutual hatred of boiled okra, praised Bentley for opening the estate grounds to shelter residents.
"This is a great thing he has done," Smith said "I never found a dignitary so down-to-earth."
The lunch was held on the grounds of the Wynfield Estate, a state-owned home in Montgomery that is used for government functions and is an occasional residence for Bentley.
This is the time of year where work winds down a bit so that people can spend much-needed time with their families. However, this beautifully shot video of a Lamborghini festival in Houston, Texas, will instill the go-getter attitude in even the most complacent of workers. This is automotive porn at its finest, like Fast and Furious minus bikini-clad women competing against cars for attention. The gathering is the kind of place where children become car fanatics and aspiring models go boyfriend shopping.