BMW 1 series 2007 vs Audi A1 2010

BMW 1 series
2007 - 2011
Audi A1
2010 - 2014
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 1.6 Petrol1.4 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming chain


Power: 122 HP122 HP
Torque: 160 NM200 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 11 seconds8.9 seconds
Audi A1 is a more dynamic driving.
BMW 1 series and Audi A1 have the same engine power, but BMW 1 series torque is 40 NM less than Audi A1. BMW 1 series reaches 100 km/h speed 2.1 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.45.2
Real fuel consumption: 8.4 l/100km7.0 l/100km
The Audi A1 is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification BMW 1 series consumes 1.2 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Audi A1, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the BMW 1 series could require 180 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, BMW 1 series consumes 1.4 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Audi A1.
Fuel tank capacity: 53 litres45 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 820 km in combined cycle860 km in combined cycle
1000 km on highway1070 km on highway
630 km with real consumption640 km with real consumption

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Rear wheel drive (RWD)Front wheel drive (FWD)
Front-wheel drive cars (Audi A1) 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: 330'000 km380'000 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 A1 engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 6 years9 years
Engine spread: Used also on BMW 3 sērijaInstalled on at least 11 other car models, including Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia, Audi A3, Skoda Yeti
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Audi A1 might be a better choice in this respect.


Length: 4.24 m3.95 m
Width: 1.75 m1.74 m
Height: 1.42 m1.42 m
BMW 1 series is larger.
BMW 1 series is 29 cm longer than the Audi A1, 1 cm wider the height of the cars does not differ significantly.
Trunk capacity: 330 litres270 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1150 litresno data
BMW 1 series has more luggage capacity.
BMW 1 series has 60 litres more trunk space than the Audi A1.
Turning diameter: 11 meters10.6 meters
The turning circle of the BMW 1 series is 0.4 metres more than that of the Audi A1, which means BMW 1 series can be harder to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Power steering: Hydraulic power steeringElectric power steering
Hydraulic power steering is technologically more complex, louder, increases fuel consumption and requires more servicing. It has the advantages of more power, less strain on the car's electrical system and better feedback (feeling) when steering.
Gross weight (kg): 1`8001`575
Safety: no data

Audi A1 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data BMW 1 series has serious deffects in 40 percent more cases than Audi A1, so Audi A1 quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 52007400
Pros and Cons: BMW 1 sērija has
  • roomier boot
  • hydraulic power steering
  • lower price
Audi A1 has
  • more dynamic
  • lower fuel consumption
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • electric power steering
  • fewer faults
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