Audi A3 2004 vs BMW 3 series 2001

Audi A3
2004 - 2008
BMW 3 series
2001 - 2005
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 2.0 Diesel1.8 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing beltTiming chain
Timing belt usually needs to be replaced more often than the chain, but it is usually significantly cheaper. Timing belt motors are generally quieter and less vibrating than chain motors.


Power: 140 HP116 HP
Torque: 320 NM175 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9.7 seconds11 seconds
Audi A3 is more dynamic to drive.
Audi A3 engine produces 24 HP more power than BMW 3 series, whereas torque is 145 NM more than BMW 3 series. Thanks to more power Audi A3 reaches 100 km/h speed 1.3 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 5.56.9
Real fuel consumption: 6.0 l/100km8.2 l/100km
The Audi A3 is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Audi A3 consumes 1.4 litres less fuel per 100 km than the BMW 3 series, which means that by driving the Audi A3 over 15,000 km in a year you can save 210 litres of fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Audi A3 consumes 2.2 litres less fuel per 100 km than the BMW 3 series.
Fuel tank capacity: 55 litres63 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 1000 km in combined cycle910 km in combined cycle
1190 km on highway1180 km on highway
910 km with real consumption760 km with real consumption
Audi A3 gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Front wheel drive (FWD)Rear wheel drive (RWD)
Front-wheel drive cars (Audi A3) have better traction on slippery roads and when climbing hills, better fuel economy, and are less expensive to purchase. On the disadvantage side, FWD cars usually have less towing capacity, poorer acceleration and harder handling. Rear-wheel drive cars (BMW 3 series) have better handling on dry roads, better acceleration, more even weight distribution and more fun to drive. RWD is also better for towing large loads. The cons of rear-wheel drive are less interior and trunk space and more difficulty maneuvering in wet and snowy conditions.


Average engine lifespan: 420'000 km350'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Audi A3 engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 5 years6 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 2 other car models, including Audi A6, Audi A4Used only for this car
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Audi A3 might be a better choice in this respect.


Length: 4.29 m4.26 m
Width: 1.76 m1.75 m
Height: 1.42 m1.41 m
Both cars are similar in size. Audi A3 is 3 cm longer than the BMW 3 series, 1 cm wider, while the height of Audi A3 is 1 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 370 litres310 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1120 litres1100 litres
Audi A3 has more luggage capacity.
Audi A3 has 60 litres more trunk space than the BMW 3 series. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Audi A3 (by 20 litres).
Turning diameter: 10.7 meters10 meters
The turning circle of the Audi A3 is 0.7 metres more than that of the BMW 3 series, which means Audi A3 can be harder to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`9401`800
Safety: no data
above average

Audi A3 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data BMW 3 series has serious deffects in 30 percent more cases than Audi A3, so Audi A3 quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 32002200
Pros and Cons: Audi A3 has
  • timing belt engine
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
BMW 3 sērija has
  • timing chain engine
  • better manoeuvrability
  • lower price
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