BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are well-known cars in the world and reputably one of the best quality cars that BMW and AG-Volkswagen have made. They offer good performance, fuel efficiency, great exterior and interior quality, high technology safety equipment, and a thrill driving experience. These cars are already proven as one of the top picks of consumers in these modern times who want more practicality and comfortability as they go on trips. To give you an idea, below are the comparison of the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3.
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of March 2021.)
BMW 1 Series Audi A3
Capacity / Doors 5 Seats / 5 Doors 5 Seats / 5 Doors
Production Period 2011 - 2019 2011 - 2019
Torque 220Nm (162 lb.ft) 175Nm (129.07 lb.ft)
Top Speed 210Km/h (131mph) 127mph
0-100km/h 8.5 - 8.7 sec. 10.6 sec.
Engines 1598cm 3/97.5cu-in Capacity 1.2 TFSI
Fuel Consumption 5.5 liters/100km 4.8–3.9 liters/100km
Key Features Immobiliser, Central Locking, Remote, Main Beam
Assist, Dynamic Cornering Lights, Keyless Start,
Electronic Stability Control, Emergency Brake Assist
(BA/EBA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Dials with a gray background, Flat-bottomed
leather sports steering wheel, New selector lever
for the S Tronic, black rings on the air vents, High-
gloss trim for the optional navigation system
BE FORWARD PRICE $750 - $48,260 $2,180 - $34,370
Exterior and Interior Comparison
BMW 1 Series
BMW 1 Series was first introduced in 2004 and currently in its third generation. The first generation was produced from 2004-2013 and consists of hatchback, coupe, and convertible body styles. The exterior features front bumpers with grilles and headlamp brows, rear spoilers, and complete body kits.
All models were rear-wheel drive which was rear configuration where most cars used front-wheel drive. The second-generation was launched during 2011-2019 that consists of a five-door hatchback and a three-door hatchback and was often called the F20/F21. The coupe and convertible have been marketed separately from BMW 1 to BMW 2 Series.
The iDrive system that has been included in many BMW cars are greatly improved and developed over the years. The third generation was released in 2019 up to the present and is a five-door hatchback called the F40 and uses a front-wheel-drive configuration.
The Audi A3 Sportback offers a more refined style, sporty look, and elaborate safety technology for the pleasure of driving. It now displays new attentive details on both the exterior and interior of the car. The sporty elegance is now perfectly expressed in their design.
The single-frame grille and trims on the B posts are all painted in high gloss black, the lower air inlets have chrome struts, the exterior mirrors are aerodynamically optimized and some chrome strips are put in the door handle.
One of the key features is the dials with a gray background, flat-bottomed leather sports steering wheel, and trim ring with a new selector for the S Tronic, black rings for the air vents, and high gloss trim for the optional navigation system.
Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption
BMW 1 Series
This generation is often called F20 which was initially powered by inline-four petrol, inline-four diesel, and inline-six petrol engines. By 2015, inline-three petrol and diesel engines are added to the model range and all engines are turbocharged. The hatchback is equipped with an inline 4-cylinder DOHC 1.6L twin-scroll turbo engine, with the 116i having a maximum output of 100kW (136PS) / 4400rpm-6450rpm, a maximum torque of 220Nm (22.4kgm) / 1350-4300rpm. With fuel consumption of 5.5 liters/100km, 51 mpg UK, 43 mpg US (Average), 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 8.5 seconds, a maximum top speed of 131 mph (210 km/h), a curb weight of 3009 lbs (1365 kgs), the F20 BMW 1 Series 5-doors 116i has a turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder engine.
The engine for Audi A3 Sportback comprises nine power units, five of them being gasoline and diesel. All are turbocharged four-cylinder direct-injection units as TFSI and TDI. The gasoline version is the 1.2 TFSI. The four-cylinder power unit develops 77kW (105hp) with a volume of 1197 cm3 and generates 175nm of torque (129.07lb-ft), an average of 5.5 liters of fuel per 100km (42.77US-mpg). The most powerful ignition engine for the Audi A3 Sportback is the 2.0 TFSI with an output of 147kW (200hp). Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 4.8–3.9 (49.0–60.3 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 111–99 (178.6–159.3 g/mi) as well as efficiency classes in ranges depending on the tires and alloy wheel rims used.
BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are both luxurious, reliable, and fuel-efficient. They give a pleasurable driving experience for the buyers who always go on a trip. They also feature some safety technology equipment and great interior design. There’s no doubt BMW 1 Series is top-notch when it comes to innovative technology features. It is comfortable to drive and has a stylish exterior design but if you want a more practical car, Audi A3 is for you. It gives more quality and capability inside and out for families who are always on the go.
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