Audi A3 2008 vs BMW 1 series 2007

Audi A3
2008 - 2013
BMW 1 series
2007 - 2011
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 1.6 Petrol1.6 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: 102 HP122 HP
Torque: 148 NM160 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 12 seconds11 seconds
BMW 1 series is a more dynamic driving.
Audi A3 engine produces 20 HP less power than BMW 1 series, whereas torque is 12 NM less than BMW 1 series. Due to the lower power, Audi A3 reaches 100 km/h speed 1 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.76.4
Real fuel consumption: 8.3 l/100km8.4 l/100km
By specification Audi A3 consumes 0.3 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 45 litres more fuel.
But when we compare the real fuel consumption reported by users, Audi A3 consumes 0.1 litres less fuel per 100 km than the BMW 1 series.
Fuel tank capacity: 55 litres53 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 820 km in combined cycle820 km in combined cycle
1070 km on highway1000 km on highway
660 km with real consumption630 km with real consumption

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.


Average engine lifespan: 480'000 km330'000 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: 10 years6 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 5 other car models, including Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen TouranUsed also on BMW 3 sērija
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 m4.24 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`8201`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
  • timing belt engine
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
BMW 1 sērija has
  • timing chain engine
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • lower price
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