Audi A3 2008 vs BMW 1 series 2007

Audi A3
2008 - 2013
BMW 1 series
2007 - 2011
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 1.9 Diesel2.0 Diesel


Power: 105 HP143 HP
Torque: 250 NM300 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 11.4 seconds9.1 seconds
BMW 1 series is a more dynamic driving.
Audi A3 engine produces 38 HP less power than BMW 1 series, whereas torque is 50 NM less than BMW 1 series. Due to the lower power, Audi A3 reaches 100 km/h speed 2.3 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 5.65.4
Real fuel consumption: 5.5 l/100km6.6 l/100km
The Audi A3 is a better choice in terms of fuel economy based on user-reported consumption, although the specification shows otherwise.
By specification Audi A3 consumes 0.2 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 30 litres more fuel.
But when we compare the real fuel consumption reported by users, Audi A3 consumes 1.1 litres less fuel per 100 km than the BMW 1 series.
Fuel tank capacity: 55 litres51 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 980 km in combined cycle940 km in combined cycle
1190 km on highway1130 km on highway
1000 km with real consumption770 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.
Ground clearance: 110 mm (4.3 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 m4.24 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`9201`855
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 (€): 68005000
Pros and Cons: Audi A3 has
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
BMW 1 sērija has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • higher ground clearance
  • lower price
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