Compare 2013 BMW 1-Series vs 2013 Audi A3

2013 BMW 1-Series
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2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i N/A N/A $28,980 $31,500
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i N/A N/A $28,980 $31,500
2-Door Convertible 128i N/A N/A $34,225 $37,200
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i N/A N/A $34,225 $37,200
2-Door Coupe 135i N/A N/A $36,430 $39,600
2-Door Coupe 135is N/A N/A $40,065 $43,550
2-Door Convertible 135i N/A N/A $40,850 $44,400
2-Door Convertible 135is N/A N/A $44,390 $48,250
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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 S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 21 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 21 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
$28,980
$25,361
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,500
$27,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$525 / month
$455 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 BMW 1-Series is part small luxury coupe, part sports car, and if you're okay with a tight interior and a sometimes-frustrating iDrive, you'll find happiness. The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury.
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Fuel Economy
City
N/A mpg 21 mpg
Highway
N/A mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Small Station Wagons
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.100 36.900
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.400 52.800
Front Leg Room (in)
41.400 41.200
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
32.000 34.800
Front Head Room (in)
37.900 39.300
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.000 54.400
Passenger Volume (ft³)
86.000 89.000
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.000 56.000
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.600 59.300
Wheelbase (in)
104.700 101.500
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.800 78.500
Track Width, Front (in)
58.300 60.300
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.300
Length, Overall (in)
172.200 169.000
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.000 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 19.500
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 39.000
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.800 x - TBD - 11.000 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)
11.800 x - TBD - 12.300 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.000 14.500
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.100 35.100
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
16.000 16.200
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3252 3219
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.100
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- TBD - 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- TBD - 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- TBD - 30
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.110
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.940 3.990
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.460 2.090
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.230 3.940/3.090
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.230 1.100
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.850 0.930
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.320 3.360
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.660 1.470
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Body Style
Coupe Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW 1 Series Audi A3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Four Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 7 (2012)
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- TBD - 7.8 (2012)

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