Compare 2011 BMW 1-Series vs 2011 Audi A3

2011 BMW 1-Series
2011 Audi A3
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2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $27,095 $29,450
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i 18 28 $27,095 $29,450
2-Door Convertible 128i 18 28 $31,740 $34,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $31,740 $34,500
2-Door Coupe 135i 20 28 $33,440 $36,350
2-Door Convertible 135i 19 28 $37,400 $40,650
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4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium 30 42 $28,134 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 30 42 $28,134 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 28 $28,690 $30,850
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $28,690 $30,850
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,095
$25,361
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,450
$27,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$491 / month
$455 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Power, style, and attainable luxury are all part of the 2011 1-Series' repertoire, though the appearance and BMW's fourth-gen iDrive may not be everyone's cup of tea. The 2011 Audi A3 is stylish, refined, and versatile—and nearly as good for the city as for the highway.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Small Station Wgn
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
86 89
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.5 41.2
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
32.1 34.8
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.3
Length, Overall (in)
172.2 168.9
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 56.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
104.7 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 77.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 19.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 39.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.0 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 35.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-Sensitive
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA HN8
Front Tire Size
P205/50R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA HN8
Spare Tire Order Code
NA HN8
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R17 P225/45R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3208 3219
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
70 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection TFSI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.65 1.47
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.93 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.45 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.10
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 3.36
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 1 Series Audi A3
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door HB
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Four Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Pivot MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 7.8

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