Audi A3 2004 vs BMW 1 series 2005

Audi A3
2004 - 2008
BMW 1 series
2005 - 2007
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 3.2 Petrol3.0 Petrol


Power: 250 HP265 HP
Torque: 320 NM315 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.4 seconds6.1 seconds
BMW 1 series is a more dynamic driving.
Audi A3 engine produces 15 HP less power than BMW 1 series, but torque is 5 NM more than BMW 1 series. Due to the lower power, Audi A3 reaches 100 km/h speed 0.3 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 10.69.2
Real fuel consumption: 10.7 l/100km10.1 l/100km
The BMW 1 series is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Audi A3 consumes 1.4 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 210 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Audi A3 consumes 0.6 litres more fuel per 100 km than the BMW 1 series.
Fuel tank capacity: 60 litres53 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 560 km in combined cycle570 km in combined cycle
730 km on highway800 km on highway
560 km with real consumption520 km with real consumption

Drive type

Wheel drive type: All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)Rear wheel drive (RWD)
Ground clearance: 113 mm (4.4 inches)145 mm (5.7 inches)
Because of the higher ground clearance, BMW 1 series can perform better on bad roads - it can go over higher obstacles and bumps. At the same time, the higher ground clearance can reduce stability and handling on paved roads, especially at higher speeds. Note, however, that this BMW 1 series version does not have 4x4 drive, which is very important in poor road conditions.


Length: 4.29 m4.23 m
Width: 1.76 m1.75 m
Height: 1.42 m1.43 m
Both cars are similar in size. Audi A3 is 6 cm longer than the BMW 1 series, 1 cm wider, while the height of Audi A3 is 1 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 370 litres330 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1120 litres1150 litres
Audi A3 has 40 litres more trunk space than the BMW 1 series. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in BMW 1 series (by 30 litres).
Turning diameter: 10.7 meters11 meters
The turning circle of the Audi A3 is 0.3 metres less than that of the BMW 1 series.
Gross weight (kg): 2`0951`875
Safety: no data
above average

Audi A3 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data BMW 1 series has serious deffects in 10 percent more cases than Audi A3, so Audi A3 quality is probably slightly better
Average price (€): 32003400
Pros and Cons: Audi A3 has
  • has 4x4 drive
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
BMW 1 sērija has
  • more power
  • lower fuel consumption
  • higher ground clearance
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