BMW 1 series 2007 vs Audi A3 2008

BMW 1 series
2007 - 2011
Audi A3
2008 - 2013
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 1.6 Petrol1.6 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming belt
Engine chain usually needs to be replaced less often than the timing belt, but the cost of replacing the chain is usually higher. Chain motors are considered to be more reliable, but noisier and more vibration generating.


Power: 122 HP102 HP
Torque: 160 NM148 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 11 seconds12 seconds
BMW 1 series is more dynamic to drive.
BMW 1 series engine produces 20 HP more power than Audi A3, whereas torque is 12 NM more than Audi A3. Thanks to more power BMW 1 series reaches 100 km/h speed 1 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.46.7
Real fuel consumption: 8.4 l/100km8.3 l/100km
By specification BMW 1 series consumes 0.3 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Audi A3, which means that by driving the BMW 1 series over 15,000 km in a year you can save 45 litres of fuel.
But when we compare the real fuel consumption reported by users, BMW 1 series consumes 0.1 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Audi A3.
Fuel tank capacity: 53 litres55 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 820 km in combined cycle820 km in combined cycle
1000 km on highway1070 km on highway
630 km with real consumption660 km with real consumption

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Rear wheel drive (RWD)Front wheel drive (FWD)
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: 330'000 km480'000 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: 6 years10 years
Engine spread: Used also on BMW 3 sērijaInstalled on at least 5 other car models, including Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Touran
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: 4.24 m4.29 m
Width: 1.75 m1.76 m
Height: 1.42 m1.42 m
Both cars are similar in size. BMW 1 series is 5 cm shorter than the Audi A3, 1 cm narrower the height of the cars does not differ significantly.
Trunk capacity: 330 litres370 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1150 litres1104 litres
BMW 1 series has 40 litres less trunk space than the Audi A3. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in BMW 1 series (by 46 litres).
Turning diameter: 11 meters10.7 meters
The turning circle of the BMW 1 series is 0.3 metres more than that of the Audi A3.
Gross weight (kg): 1`8001`820
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 (€): 52006600
Pros and Cons: BMW 1 sērija has
  • timing chain engine
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • lower price
Audi A3 has
  • timing belt engine
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
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