Audi A3 2008 vs BMW 1 series 2007

Audi A3
2008 - 2013
BMW 1 series
2007 - 2011
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 1.4 Petrol1.6 Petrol


Power: 125 HP122 HP
Torque: 200 NM160 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9.5 seconds11 seconds
Audi A3 is more dynamic to drive.
Audi A3 engine produces 3 HP more power than BMW 1 series, whereas torque is 40 NM more than BMW 1 series. Thanks to more power Audi A3 reaches 100 km/h speed 1.5 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 5.86.4
Real fuel consumption: 7.0 l/100km8.4 l/100km
The Audi A3 is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Audi A3 consumes 0.6 litres less fuel per 100 km than the BMW 1 series, which means that by driving the Audi A3 over 15,000 km in a year you can save 90 litres of fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Audi A3 consumes 1.4 litres less fuel per 100 km than the BMW 1 series.
Fuel tank capacity: 55 litres53 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 940 km in combined cycle820 km in combined cycle
1140 km on highway1000 km on highway
780 km with real consumption630 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 1 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.


Length: 4.29 m4.24 m
Width: 1.76 m1.75 m
Height: 1.42 m1.42 m
Both cars are similar in size. Audi A3 is 5 cm longer than the BMW 1 series, 1 cm wider the height of the cars does not differ significantly.
Trunk capacity: 370 litres330 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1104 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 46 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): 1`8701`800
Safety: no data

Audi A3 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data BMW 1 series has serious deffects in 30 percent more cases than Audi A3, so Audi A3 quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 64004600
Pros and Cons: Audi A3 has
  • more dynamic
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
BMW 1 sērija has
  • lower price
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