Both the two German car manufactures have been continuously at loggerheads with each other since the very beginning. Audi has time and again brought in several car models which have proved to be tough competition for the Bavarian car maker. BMW on the other hand also has won over favor amongst the car lovers for its performance as well as enigmatic looks.
In continuing with their tradition, is yet another pair – the 2012 Audi A3 and the 2012 BMW 1 series that are often being compared against each other. Audi is the irrefutable leader in the premium compact car segment and the Audi A3 is yet another feather in its hat. The BMW 1 series has been introduced by the Bavarian car maker as a line of small family car. It is available in four variants of body style. These are 2 door coupe, a 2 door convertible and a 3 and 5 door hatchbacks.
2012 Audi A3 comes with different engine options – there is the 1.6, 2.0 liter petrol direct injection motors, a 2.0 liter diesel, and the 3.2 liter V6 engines. The Audi A3 is a four-wheel drive, equipped with the race-bred Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). Its powerful engine gives stiff competition to BMW 1 series with its 1.6 entry level and 2.0 liter versions. However, its superior technology enables BMW 1 series to return a striking blow to Audi A3.
The 2012 BMW 1 series is available in three transmission options. These are the six-speed manual transmission, six- speed automatic and seven speed dual clutch transmission. The Audi A3 also comes with various transmission options. There are the 5 and 6 speed manual transmissions, the 6 speed automatic transmission and the 6 and 7 speed S tronic transmissions.
As compared to the BMW 1 series, the Audi A3 is a roomier, more practical car with front wheel drive setup. On the other hand the BMW 1 series with its rear wheel drive system does not have ample storage space. Both the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 series come equipped with many technologically advanced features such as anti lock disk brakes, stability control, full side-curtain air bags and front and rear passenger airbags for greater safety.
Both the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 series are similar in design and quality. Both are suited for rough and tough rides and harsh driving conditions. With its better fuel consumption technology BMW 1 series gives a more electrifying performance as compared to the Audi A3. However feedback from the customers of both the cars have led to the conclusion being drawn that the storage space and the interiors of the Audi A3 is far much better than the BMW 1 series. On the other hand the BMW 1 series is more commended for it outstanding performance and greater fuel economy.
In conclusion, Audi A3 and BMW 1 series are two tough contenders for the customer’s attention. Both the Audi A3 and BMW 1 series present the car enthusiast with two good options for alluring designs and breath taking performance.