BMW 1 series 2007 vs Volkswagen Golf 2008

BMW 1 series
2007 - 2011
Volkswagen Golf
2008 - 2012
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 2.0 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: 170 HP102 HP
Torque: 210 NM148 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 7.8 seconds11.3 seconds
BMW 1 series is more dynamic to drive.
BMW 1 series engine produces 68 HP more power than Volkswagen Golf, whereas torque is 62 NM more than Volkswagen Golf. Thanks to more power BMW 1 series reaches 100 km/h speed 3.5 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.47.1
Real fuel consumption: 8.2 l/100km7.6 l/100km
By specification BMW 1 series consumes 0.7 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf, which means that by driving the BMW 1 series over 15,000 km in a year you can save 105 litres of fuel.
But when we compare the real fuel consumption reported by users, BMW 1 series consumes 0.6 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf.
Fuel tank capacity: 53 litres55 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 820 km in combined cycle770 km in combined cycle
1030 km on highway980 km on highway
640 km with real consumption720 km with real consumption

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Rear wheel drive (RWD)Front wheel drive (FWD)


Average engine lifespan: 350'000 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 Volkswagen Golf engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 6 years10 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 2 other car models, including BMW 5 sērija, BMW 3 sērijaInstalled on at least 5 other car models, including Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Touran, Audi A3
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Volkswagen Golf might be a better choice in this respect.


Length: 4.24 m4.20 m
Width: 1.75 m1.79 m
Height: 1.42 m1.48 m
BMW 1 series is 4 cm longer than the Volkswagen Golf, 4 cm narrower, while the height of BMW 1 series is 6 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 330 litres350 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1150 litres1305 litres
Despite its longer length, BMW 1 series has 20 litres less trunk space than the Volkswagen Golf. This could mean that the BMW 1 series uses more space in the cabin, so the driver and passengers could be more spacious and comfortable. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Volkswagen Golf (by 155 litres).
Turning diameter: 11 meters11 meters
Gross weight (kg): 1`8001`780
Safety: no data

Volkswagen Golf has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data BMW 1 series has serious deffects in 30 percent more cases than Volkswagen Golf, so Volkswagen Golf quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 46004600
Pros and Cons: BMW 1 sērija has
  • timing chain engine
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • more full fuel tank mileage
Volkswagen Golf has
  • timing belt engine
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • roomier boot
  • fewer faults
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