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Audi A3 vs. BMW 3 Series

When comparing the Audi A3 to the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A3 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. The BMW 3 Series has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Audi A3 versus the BMW 3 Series, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Audi A3 versus BMW 3 Series Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Audi A3 ranges from $27,749 to $38,000 while a used BMW 3 Series from the same model year range is priced between $31,990 to $55,738. For a new model, the Audi A3's price is between $35,739 and $43,455, with the BMW 3 Series priced between $44,535 and $63,414.

Audi A3 versus BMW 3 Series Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Audi A3 is 8.4 out of 10 while the BMW 3 Series' quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the Audi A3 being ranked 9 out of 39 Best Luxury Small Cars and the BMW 3 Series being ranked 5 out of 39.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Audi A3’s base engine makes 201 horsepower, and the BMW 3 Series base engine makes 255 horsepower. The A3 is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 502 miles. The 3 Series is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 562 miles. The A3 uses regular unleaded, and the 3 Series uses premium unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the BMW 3 Series has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Audi A3 and BMW 3 Series are comparable in regards to rear leg room.

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Pricing

New Asking Price:

$35,739 - $43,455

Used Asking Price:

$27,749 - $38,000

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$44,535 - $63,414

Used Asking Price:

$31,990 - $55,738

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

52.3%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

7.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.2 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.7 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

9 / 39
15 / 39

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 39
5 / 39

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline, Plug-In Hybrid

Trim Levels

2.0T Premium, 2.0T quattro Premium Plus, 2.0T Premium Plus, 2.0T quattro Premium

Trim Levels

M340i xDrive, 330i xDrive, 330i, M340i

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

201 hp @ 4400 rpm

Torque:

221 foot-lbs @ 1600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.061 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

255 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

295 foot-lbs @ 1550 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.072 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 38 / 32

Range (city/hwy):

370 / 502 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 36 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

406 / 562 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Not yet available

Pedestrian Detection:

Not yet available

Lane Departure Warning:

Not yet available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Not yet available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Not yet available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Not yet available

360-Degree Camera:

Not yet available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Not yet available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Not yet available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

36.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53 inches

Cargo Space:

10.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

87.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

42 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.6 inches

Cargo Space:

13 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

94.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3318 lbs

Width:

78.1 inches

Height:

56.2 inches

Length:

176.9 inches

Wheelbase:

103.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3560 lbs

Width:

81.4 inches

Height:

56.8 inches

Length:

185.7 inches

Wheelbase:

112.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/45R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

225/45R18