Comparison: BMW 125i M Sport vs. Audi A3 1.8 TFSI vs. Mercedes A250 CGI AMG Sport

1 Series | October 24th, 2012 by 7
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AutoExpress UK pits the BMW 125i M Sport hatchback against some potential rivals: Audi A3 1.8 TFSI and Mercedes-Benz A250i CGI AMG Sport.

With the third generation A-Class, Mercedes is aiming for the top of the premium small hatchback segment. The new A-Class delivers a sporty look and an interior package with high-end gadgetry, along with a new range of efficient engines.

The A250 CGI AMG Sport chosen for the comparison delivers 208 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque from a 2.0-lier turbocharged engine.

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BMW’s 125i Hatch is powered also by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine delivering 218 horsepower and 310 Nm of torque.

The last contender, the Audi A3 1.8 TFSI outputs 178 horsepower.

Here is the conclusion of the full test which can be read here:


By pushing the A-Class upmarket, Mercedes has set its newest addition on a risky collision course with some of the best models in the business. So has the gamble paid off?

Well, if you value style above everything else, the Mercedes scores a direct hit. And although some of the cabin quality is a little below par, the interior is eye-catching and packed with clever hi-tech equipment.

Yet there’s no escaping the fact the all-new A-Class isn’t quite as roomy as its rivals, and it doesn’t feel as composed on the road. It also costs more to fuel and service. As a result, it finishes a disappointing third in this test.

Separating the BMW and Audi is tougher. The A3 is beautifully built, handsome and features a keen engine, but ultimately it can’t quite match the brilliant 1 Series. Fast, fun, practical and cost effective to run, the BMW is still the champ.

7 responses to “Comparison: BMW 125i M Sport vs. Audi A3 1.8 TFSI vs. Mercedes A250 CGI AMG Sport”

  1. bmwracer says:

    “Fast, fun, practical and cost effective to run, the BMW is still the champ.”

    BMW is still the standard bearer.

  2. Matt Stokes says:

    Good result. I’m suprised the A-class didn’t fare better in the review, I think it will be quite popular anyway.

  3. Giom says:

    Funny how autocar mag rated them; A class, A3, 1 series. With autocar, I knew their verdict befor hand… they’re known to be biased against BMW. With Autoexpress, I was eager to read their findings, as I don’t know them to be objective.
    One thing that I don’t agree on with AE, is where they call the BMW fussy. I agree, it’s not to everyone’s taste, but my goodness, just look at that Mercs face and sides, that defines the word!

  4. -hh says:

    …and none of them are available in the USA.

  5. RK says:

    I test drove the Merc for a full day and while i loved the look of the car it does not come close to the enjoyment you get from driving a BMW..
    Loving my 135 Conv. :)

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