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Compare BMW 1-Series vs. Volkswagen GTI vs. Audi A3

Compare the BMW 1-Series against the Volkswagen GTI and Audi A3. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the 1-Series, GTI and A3 stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new 1-Series, GTI and A3. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2013 BMW 1-Series 2013 Volkswagen GTI 2013 Audi A3
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  • 4dr HB Man Driver's Edition
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  • 4dr HB DSG Driver's Edition
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4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus
  • 4dr HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus

Prices

MSRP $31,500 $23,995 $27,270
Invoice $28,980 $23,035 $25,361
Avg. Paid $25,008 $19,744 $23,847

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.8 8.1 8.2
Critics' Rating 8.4 9.4 8.3
Performance 8.9 8.7 8.5
Interior 7.0 8.9 7.9
Cost to Own 7.9 8.8 8.7
Safety N/A 9.7 10.0
Reliability 3.5 2.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Ample engine power
  • Nimble handling
  • Premium cabin fit and finish
  • Roomy rear seats
  • Nimble handling
  • Very good fuel economy with diesel engine
  • Great cargo space for the class
Cons
  • Limited trunk space
  • Slow touch-screen audio system responses
  • Low reliability rating
  • Complicated navigation and audio controls

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I6 3.0L/183 Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121 Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG - TBD - City / - TBD - Hwy 21 City / 31 Hwy 21 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Coupe 2 Door Hatchback Hatchback

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 104.700 101.5 101.500
Length, Overall (in) 172.200 165.8 169.000
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.800 70.0 78.500
Height, Overall (in) 56.000 57.8 56.000

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3252 3034 3219

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Optional Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Optional
Mirror Memory Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 86.000 93.5 89.000
Front Head Room (in) 37.900 39.3 39.300
Front Leg Room (in) 41.400 41.2 41.200
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.000 54.6 54.400
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.100 38.5 36.900
Second Leg Room (in) 32.000 35.5 34.800
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.400 53.1 52.800
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD - 39.000
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 10.000

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Standard
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard
Leather Seats Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard Optional
Passenger Lumbar Optional Standard
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Optional Optional
Power Passenger Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Optional Standard Optional

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I6 Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.0L/121 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 230 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 2750 207 @ 1800-5000 207 @ 1800-5000
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 35.100 35.8 35.100

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - TBD - 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - TBD - 31 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.000 14.5 14.500

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Four Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Transmission

Automatic Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.