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2008 Audi A4 vs. 1996 Audi A3

To start off, 2008 Audi A4 is newer by 12 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1996 Audi A3. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1996 Audi A3 would be higher. At 1,781 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Audi A4 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Audi A4 (161 HP) has 61 more horse power than 1996 Audi A3. (100 HP). In normal driving conditions, 2008 Audi A4 should accelerate faster than 1996 Audi A3. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Audi A4 weights approximately 406 kg more than 1996 Audi A3. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2008 Audi A4 (225 Nm) has 89 more torque (in Nm) than 1996 Audi A3. (136 Nm). This means 2008 Audi A4 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1996 Audi A3.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Audi A4 1996 Audi A3
Make Audi Audi
Model A4 A3
Year Released 2008 1996
Body Type Convertible Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1781 cc 1595 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 5 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 161 HP 100 HP
Torque 225 Nm 136 Nm
Engine Bore Size 81.1 mm 81 mm
Engine Stroke Size 86.4 mm 77.5 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 9.0:1 10.3:1
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1540 kg 1134 kg
Vehicle Length 4580 mm 4160 mm
Vehicle Width 1780 mm 1760 mm
Vehicle Height 1400 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2660 mm 2520 mm


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