Opel Astra 2000 vs Audi A3 1996

Opel Astra
2000 - 2004
Audi A3
1996 - 2000
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 2.2 Petrol1.8 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming chain and belt


Power: 147 HP125 HP
Torque: 203 NM173 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.8 seconds9.6 seconds
Opel Astra is more dynamic to drive.
Opel Astra engine produces 22 HP more power than Audi A3, whereas torque is 30 NM more than Audi A3. Thanks to more power Opel Astra reaches 100 km/h speed 0.8 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 8.48.3
Real fuel consumption: 8.7 l/100km8.6 l/100km
By specification Opel Astra consumes 0.1 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Audi A3, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Opel Astra could require 15 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Opel Astra consumes 0.1 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Audi A3.
Fuel tank capacity: 52 litres55 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 610 km in combined cycle660 km in combined cycle
820 km on highway870 km on highway
590 km with real consumption630 km with real consumption
Audi A3 gets more mileage on one fuel tank.


Average engine lifespan: 370'000 km460'000 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: 5 years4 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 2 other car models, including Opel Zafira, Opel VectraInstalled on at least 5 other car models, including Volkswagen Golf, Audi A6, Audi A4, Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Bora
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: 4.11 m4.15 m
Width: 1.71 m1.74 m
Height: 1.42 m1.42 m
Both cars are similar in size. Opel Astra is 4 cm shorter than the Audi A3, 3 cm narrower the height of the cars does not differ significantly.
Trunk capacity: 370 litres350 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1180 litres1110 litres
Even though the car is shorter, Opel Astra has 20 litres more trunk space than the Audi A3. The Audi A3 may have more interior space, so the cabin could be more spacious and more comfortable for the driver and passengers. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Opel Astra (by 70 litres).
Turning diameter: 10.1 meters10.9 meters
The turning circle of the Opel Astra is 0.8 metres less than that of the Audi A3, which means Opel Astra can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`7201`650
Safety: no data

Audi A3 has slightly fewer faults.
Deffect rate in annual technical inspection is similar for both cars, it's slightly higher for Opel Astra, so Audi A3 quality could be a bit better.
Average price (€): 8001000
Rating in user reviews: 7.5/10 8.0/10
Pros and Cons: Opel Astra has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • roomier boot
  • better manoeuvrability
  • lower price
Audi A3 has
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • longer expected engine lifespan
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