Compare 2012 BMW 1-Series vs 2012 Audi A3

2012 BMW 1-Series
2012 Audi A3
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2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $28,705 $31,200
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i 18 28 $28,705 $31,200
2-Door Convertible 128i 18 28 $33,950 $36,900
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $33,950 $36,900
2-Door Coupe 135i 20 28 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Convertible 135i 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
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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 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,705
$25,361
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,200
$27,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$520 / month
$455 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you can get past the often-confusing iDrive system, the 2012 BMW 1-Series offers a great blend of style, power, handling, and luxury at a sometimes reasonable, sometimes objectionable price. The fashionable, versatile 2012 Audi A3 is as deft for the city commute as it is at ease on the highway.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Small Station Wagons
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.2
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
32.0 34.8
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
86.0 89.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 36.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
104.7 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 78.5
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.3
Length, Overall (in)
172.2 169.0
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 56.0
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
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14. 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 35.1
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/50R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3252 3219
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
70 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 30
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.10
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 3.36
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 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
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW 1 Series Audi A3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Fully Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Pivot MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Four Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5

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