Audi A3 2013 vs BMW 1 series 2011

Audi A3
2013 - 2016
BMW 1 series
2011 - 2015
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 1.8 Petrol1.6 Petrol


Power: 180 HP136 HP
Torque: 250 NM220 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.8 seconds9.1 seconds
Audi A3 is more dynamic to drive.
Audi A3 engine produces 44 HP more power than BMW 1 series, whereas torque is 30 NM more than BMW 1 series. Thanks to more power Audi A3 reaches 100 km/h speed 2.3 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.55.6
Real fuel consumption: 8.3 l/100km7.8 l/100km
The BMW 1 series is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Audi A3 consumes 0.9 litres more fuel per 100 km than the BMW 1 series, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Audi A3 could require 135 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Audi A3 consumes 0.5 litres more fuel per 100 km than the BMW 1 series.
Fuel tank capacity: 55 litres52 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 840 km in combined cycle920 km in combined cycle
1000 km on highway1100 km on highway
660 km with real consumption660 km with real consumption
BMW 1 series gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)Rear wheel drive (RWD)


Length: 4.31 m4.32 m
Width: 1.79 m1.77 m
Height: 1.43 m1.42 m
Both cars are similar in size. Audi A3 is 1 cm shorter than the BMW 1 series, 2 cm wider the height of the cars does not differ significantly.
Trunk capacity: 380 litres360 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1220 litres1200 litres
Even though the car is shorter, Audi A3 has 20 litres more trunk space than the BMW 1 series. The BMW 1 series may have more interior space, so the cabin could be more spacious and more comfortable for the driver and passengers. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Audi A3 (by 20 litres).
Turning diameter: 10.9 meters10.9 meters
Gross weight (kg): 1`9301`840
The BMW 1 series scores higher in active safety technologies (stability control, lane assist, automatic braking, etc.) tests.

Audi A3 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data BMW 1 series has serious deffects in 35 percent more cases than Audi A3, so Audi A3 quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 11 0008600
Pros and Cons: Audi A3 has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • has 4x4 drive
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
BMW 1 sērija has
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • better safety assist technologies
  • lower price
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