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Audi A3 vs BMW 1 Series vs Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs Alfa Romeo Giulietta vs Volkswagen Golf vs Volvo V40

1-series | January 3rd, 2014 by 2
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CarAdvice puts together one of the most impressive comparison tests in the premium hatch segment. The Aussies pit the BMW 1 Series against its usual …

CarAdvice puts together one of the most impressive comparison tests in the premium hatch segment. The Aussies pit the BMW 1 Series against its usual competitors, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The second group of competitors includes the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Volkswagen Golf and Volvo V40.

The price range for those vehicle starts at 29,350 AUD and goes all the way up to 42,890 AUD for the Audi A3.

After comparing these vehicles across different categories, the Audi A3 takes the win, followed by the BMW 1 Series and VW Golf.

BMW 118d vs Audi A3 Sportback S Line 2.0 TDI – BMWBLOG Test Drive

Audi A3 vs BMW 1 Series vs Mercedes Benz A Class vs Alfa Romeo Giulietta vs Volkswagen Golf vs Volvo V40

Here is an excerpt from their review:

STEERING, RIDE AND HANDLING

If you’re looking at ‘premium-ness’ from engineering integrity, then the A3, Golf and 116i are in a league of their own against the Giulietta, V40 and A-Class.

The BMW may not quite match the beautiful ride of the Audi and Volkswagen, but this rear-wheel-drive master remains the one to beat for driver enjoyment on a twisty road.

As with the 3 Series and 5 Series, the 1 Series has a pointy front end that loves to be rushed into corners before the throttle is flattened and the supreme chassis balance felt. The 116i is light, delicate and fluent, making the Golf and A3 seem remote and a bit soggy at the front end by comparison. Not only does rear-wheel drive have dynamic benefits, though, but it helps the BMW achieve an excellent, tight turning circle perfect for urban manouevring.

Without optional big wheels, its ride comfort is also impressive – third only behind the Volkswagen and Audi – and its rough road control the best here.

The only caveat to the BMW’s dynamic repertoire is the steering’s sizeable on-centre vacant patch. But we know from experience that choosing the optional ($669) variable-ratio steering on 1 Series is a valuable selection, improving sharpness and on-centre tactility.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Distinctive

Price: $29,350 (as tested)
Engine: 1.4-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol
Power: 125kW at 5500rpm
Torque: 250Nm at 2500rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
0-100km/h: 7.8 seconds
Fuel consumption: 5.8L/100km claimed (8.0L/100km on test)
CO2 emissions: 134g/km

Audi A3 1.4TFSI Attraction COD

Price: $37,900 ($42,890 as tested)
Engine: 1.4-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol
Power: 103kW at 5000rpm
Torque: 250Nm at 1500-3500rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
0-100km/h: 8.4 seconds
Fuel consumption: 4.7L/100km claimed (7.6L/100km on test)
CO2 emissions: 110g/km

BMW 116i Sport Line

Price: $35,600 ($39,720 as tested)
Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol
Power: 100kW at 4400rpm
Torque: 220Nm at 1350-4300rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
0-100km/h: 8.7 seconds
Fuel consumption: 5.8L/100km claimed (8.5L/100km on test)
CO2 emissions: 134g/km

Mercedes-Benz A180

Price: $35,600 ($40,080 as tested)
Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol
Power: 90kW at 5000rpm
Torque: 200Nm at 1250-4000rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
0-100km/h: 9.1 seconds
Fuel consumption: 5.8L/100km claimed (10.1L/100km on test)
CO2 emissions: 135g/km

Volkswagen Golf 103TSI Highline

Price: $31,990 ($35,440 as tested)
Engine: 1.4-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol
Power: 103kW at 4500-6000rpm
Torque: 360Nm at 1500-3500rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
0-100km/h: 8.4 seconds
Fuel consumption: 5.2L/100km claimed
CO2 emissions: 121g/km

Volvo V40 D2 Kinetic

Price: $36,990 (as tested)
Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel
Power: 84kW at 3600rpm
Torque: 270Nm at 1750-2500rpm
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
0-100km/h: 12.1 seconds
Fuel consumption: 4.2L/100km claimed (7.4L/100km on test)
CO2 emissions: 110g/km

Interestingly, the standard BMW steering splits the difference between the VW Group cousins. The Golf’s steering has greater weighting consistency than the A3 and feels more progressive as you start to move the wheel off centre. The A3 is too light in the first degrees of steering movement before it gets heavier.

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