Audi A3 2008 vs Audi A4 2008

Audi A3
2008 - 2013
Audi A4
2008 - 2011
Body: HatchbackSedan
The hatchback generally has more luggage space thanks to a larger trunk door opening and the ability to convert the rear of the passenger compartment into luggage space. Sedans tend to be quieter than hatchbacks, due to a more isolated rear area.
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 2.0 Petrol2.0 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming chain


Power: 200 HP180 HP
Torque: 280 NM320 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.7 seconds8.2 seconds
Audi A3 is more dynamic to drive.
Audi A3 engine produces 20 HP more power than Audi A4, but torque is 40 NM less than Audi A4. Thanks to more power Audi A3 reaches 100 km/h speed 1.5 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 7.67.1
Real fuel consumption: 9.5 l/100km9.1 l/100km
The Audi A4 is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Audi A3 consumes 0.5 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Audi A4, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Audi A3 could require 75 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Audi A3 consumes 0.4 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Audi A4.
Fuel tank capacity: 60 litres65 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 780 km in combined cycle910 km in combined cycle
960 km on highway1160 km on highway
630 km with real consumption710 km with real consumption
Audi A4 gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)Front wheel drive (FWD)


Average engine lifespan: 350'000 km350'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used.
Engine production duration: 10 years6 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 3 other car models, including Volkswagen Passat CC, Volkswagen Beetle, Audi TTInstalled on at least 2 other car models, including Audi A5, Audi Q5
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 m4.70 m
Width: 1.76 m1.83 m
Height: 1.42 m1.43 m
Audi A3 is smaller.
Audi A3 is 41 cm shorter than the Audi A4, 7 cm narrower, while the height of Audi A3 is 1 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 370 litres480 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1104 litresno data
Audi A4 has more luggage space.
Audi A3 has 110 litres less trunk space than the Audi A4.
Turning diameter: 10.7 meters11.4 meters
The turning circle of the Audi A3 is 0.7 metres less than that of the Audi A4, which means Audi A3 can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 2`0152`015

above average
Audi A3 has slightly fewer faults.
Deffect rate in annual technical inspection is similar for both cars, it's slightly higher for Audi A4, so Audi A3 quality could be a bit better.
Average price (€): 68006200
Pros and Cons: Audi A3 has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • has 4x4 drive
  • better manoeuvrability
Audi A4 has
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • roomier boot
  • lower price
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