Photo Comparison: 2012 BMW 1 Series vs. Audi A3

3-Series | June 5th, 2011 by 53
Bildvergleich BMW 1er F20 Audi A3 Sportback Front 750x500 Photo Comparison: 2012 BMW 1 Series vs. Audi A3

A new BMW and a new photo comparison against the competition. The 2012 BMW 1 Series will debut later this year and will face some …

A new BMW and a new photo comparison against the competition. The 2012 BMW 1 Series will debut later this year and will face some fierce competition from Audi’s A3. It is important to be noted that the current generation A3 will be phased next year when the recently unveiled Audi A3 Concept will go into production.

F20 1 Series follows the recent instated BMW design language, and in this case, initial impressions seem to be less favorable.

Since styling and taste can be very subjective, we will let the photos speak for themselves and allow you to vote in our poll below.

Bildvergleich BMW 1er F20 Audi A3 Sportback Front 655x238 Photo Comparison: 2012 BMW 1 Series vs. Audi A3

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53 Responses to “Photo Comparison: 2012 BMW 1 Series vs. Audi A3”

  1. Frederic Nemo says:

    We dont ask you to benchmark Audi, but to remain BMW ! The real comparison is the next Mercedes A, which really looks like a BMW ought to look like, Bangle era !

  2. LexusLVR says:

    This ugly, hideous thing shouldn’t even be compared to the A3. The A3 might be old and on its last legs in terms of design, but it actually looks a million times better than the new 1 series. I want to try some of that crack that BMW gave their designers.

  3. kcsnyud says:

    That pig makes the amc pacer look sexy like megan fox

  4. Jsunrockman says:

    im talking the 1er

  5. Jsunrockman says:

    im talking the 1er

  6. Manchester Man says:

    Not impressed by the new one series at all. The front looks decent, the side and back look hideous.

  7. Nnnn says:

    Yeah, from this angle the Audi has a far more interesting and more developed design.

  8. Fff says:

    So ugly, interior good look 

  9. Rmixfaatl says:

    W T F??? the uglyest BMW ever..plz bangel come back…wats happinin wit bmw designs..??

  10. viper says:

    audi looks slightly better

  11. pimeto says:

    I dont think the new 1er was revealed yet! So this is some lame render from another dumb ass magazine or designer wanna be!!!
    BMW cant make such an ugly car!!! Its impossible this will come to life!
    But yet again they made the new X3 so…. who knows!

  12. IN77 says:

    Horatiu, please: now you need a serious editorial, that takes into account the design (very bad) that BMW is taking: BMWBLOG must take some responsibility and do not work as a pressoffice for bmw!

  13. wazon8 says:

    Neither of these two is appealing to me, but 1-er is actually huge disappointment. I expected a lot from this car and they provide the car with strangly looking headlights, which are still a way better than VW Polo 2010 like rear lights. The whole rear end shows no cohesive design, lights looks as if they were stuck to something that was not intended to appear with them. The only place, one can see real improvement over its predecessor is interior design, but good interior is not enough to make this concept overall good design. 

    And the worst thing is that this car will probably go into production in this shape. The only hope is that it looks better in real life circumstances, although it’s hard to me to imagine how this could be the case that this transform from ugly duck to something decent in personal contact. 

    If you need RWD hatchback, the best thing you can do is go for 130i or 135i right now! Sad, but true. 

  14. wazon8 says:

    Neither of these two is appealing to me, but 1-er is actually huge disappointment. I expected a lot from this car and they provide the car with strangly looking headlights, which are still a way better than VW Polo 2010 like rear lights. The whole rear end shows no cohesive design, lights looks as if they were stuck to something that was not intended to appear with them. The only place, one can see real improvement over its predecessor is interior design, but good interior is not enough to make this concept overall good design. 

    And the worst thing is that this car will probably go into production in this shape. The only hope is that it looks better in real life circumstances, although it’s hard to me to imagine how this could be the case that this transform from ugly duck to something decent in personal contact. 

    If you need RWD hatchback, the best thing you can do is go for 130i or 135i right now! Sad, but true. 

    • wazon8 says:

      If they redesigned slighly the headlights and gave them some classical shape, this would make out of front end nice looking front of the car. But rear end needs serious treatment to become something interesting. Shame on you, BMW’s designers!

  15. No disrespect i love the way BMW’s look,… lol dont bite me for this comment. but it looks like a mouse from front and a vw Polo from the back.
    I would like to say that the Interior does look nice but thats just about it.

  16. OttoM3 says:

    Look like a very cheap Chinese copy. OP/Mazda3

    • Dougkeeley says:

      That’s kinda true actually.  Like someone tried to copy a design but didn’t quite “get it”.

  17. La Ma says:

    ouch… Audi wins hands down. That A3 is also an older model. imagine the new one ! It will be killing the 1 series on the market along with the A and B-classe from MB.

    I suspect the 1 series will be the new record holder in mid-term facelift. The 1st bangleized 7 series got a major facelift after just 2 years to somewhat mute the horrible lines, this 1 series will be revised soon.
    It must be otherwise it will be a sitting duck, sitting on showroom corners alone.

    Wow, after the new 7 and 5 I was really hopeful that the 1 series will shake its bungleism. It did not. Its bangle all over.

  18. Horatiu B. says:

    Glad to see that we have readers that acknowledge when another company’s design is better, so the Audi A3 is winning this poll.

    • in77 says:

      sometimes it’s better to be objective, do not you think? and perhaps it would be nice that BMW designers also listen to the opinion of those who love BMW, or who would love them in the future …

    • in77 says:

      sometimes it’s better to be objective, do not you think? and perhaps it would be nice that BMW designers also listen to the opinion of those who love BMW, or who would love them in the future …

  19. Iee says:

    cant believe my eys. It’s like a product of bulldog x frog.

  20. Bmwdriver E46 says:

    new BMW 1 Series Design Summary: Front Audi A1:Ugly, Rear VW Polo:Ugly, Sidelong Old BMW 1:Normal,  inside BMW 6: Beautiful. Totaly: Ugly. 

  21. Bmwdriver E46 says:

    new BMW 1 Series Design Summary: Front Audi A1:Ugly, Rear VW Polo:Ugly, Sidelong Old BMW 1:Normal,  inside BMW 6: Beautiful. Totaly: Ugly. 

  22. Vernon Dodo says:

    This was a fail move on BMW’s part; most people voted for the Audi, and for obvious reasons – it’s a timeless classic design that managed to retain the essence of Audi.

  23. For Good God's Sake says:

    the 1er gave me insomnia for 3 weeks.

  24. Sandu says:

    You can find an detalied test between this two cars: http://www.carsvw.com/2011/08/used-cars-test-bmw-1-series-vs-audi-a3/

  25. Sandu says:

    You can find an detalied test between this two cars: http://www.carsvw.com/2011/08/used-cars-test-bmw-1-series-vs-audi-a3/

  26. simon says:

    this not Audi A3 2012 , this is the old A3 ,, new Audi A3 in 02 / 2012

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