Audi A3 2008 vs Volvo V40 2012

Audi A3
2008 - 2013
Volvo V40
2012 - 2016
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 1.6 Petrol1.6 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing beltTiming belt


Power: 102 HP180 HP
Torque: 148 NM240 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 12 seconds8.5 seconds
Volvo V40 is a more dynamic driving.
Audi A3 engine produces 78 HP less power than Volvo V40, whereas torque is 92 NM less than Volvo V40. Due to the lower power, Audi A3 reaches 100 km/h speed 3.5 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.76.4
Real fuel consumption: 8.3 l/100km8.1 l/100km
By specification Audi A3 consumes 0.3 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volvo V40, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Audi A3 could require 45 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Audi A3 consumes 0.2 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volvo V40.
Fuel tank capacity: 55 litres62 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 820 km in combined cycle960 km in combined cycle
1070 km on highway1140 km on highway
660 km with real consumption760 km with real consumption
Volvo V40 gets more mileage on one fuel tank.
Ground clearance: 110 mm (4.3 inches)133 mm (5.2 inches)
Because of the higher ground clearance, Volvo V40 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 Volvo V40 version does not have 4x4 drive, which is very important in poor road conditions.


Average engine lifespan: 480'000 km280'000 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 TouranInstalled on at least 5 other car models, including Volvo V70, Volvo S80, Volvo S60, Volvo V60
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.
Hydraulic tappets: yesno
The Audi A3 engine has hydraulic tappets (lifters), providing quieter operation and no need for periodic adjustment, but they are more complex in design and can cause serious engine damage in case of failure.


Length: 4.29 m4.37 m
Width: 1.76 m1.80 m
Height: 1.42 m1.44 m
Audi A3 is smaller.
Audi A3 is 8 cm shorter than the Volvo V40, 4 cm narrower, while the height of Audi A3 is 2 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 370 litres335 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1104 litresno data
Audi A3 has more luggage capacity.
Even though the car is shorter, Audi A3 has 35 litres more trunk space than the Volvo V40. The Volvo V40 may have more interior space, so the cabin could be more spacious and more comfortable for the driver and passengers.
Turning diameter: 10.7 meters11.2 meters
The turning circle of the Audi A3 is 0.5 metres less than that of the Volvo V40, which means Audi A3 can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`8201`920
Audi A3 is better rated in child safety tests. The Volvo V40 scores higher in active safety technologies (stability control, lane assist, automatic braking, etc.) tests.
above average

below average
Audi A3 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Volvo V40 has serious deffects in 45 percent more cases than Audi A3, so Audi A3 quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 64008800
Pros and Cons: Audi A3 has
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • roomier boot
  • higher children safety
  • fewer faults
  • lower price
Volvo V40 has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • higher ground clearance
  • better safety assist technologies
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