2008 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

2008 Audi A3 PZEV
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

If you're in the market for a wagonlike vehicle with sporting pretensions and can spend $30,000, there are some interesting choices outside of the 2008 Audi A3.

A traditional wagon such as the BMW 3-Series or the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen might not have all-wheel drive, but each has more cargo room than the more compact Audi A3--and in the Jetta's case, a coming diesel option.

Look to Japan and the Infiniti EX has all-wheel drive as an option, but the base car is a rear-driver spun from the hot-handling G35 sedan, one of our favorite luxury sport sedans.

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8.4
The 2008 Audi A3 is more than an upscale Volkswagen Rabbit, thanks to its fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark.
8.8
It's been a long time coming back, but the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen gives crossover buyers something else to consider―and diesel power is on the way.
8.6
The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
8.2
Because of the Infiniti EX35, 2008 could be year of the right-sized crossover. Many people are looking for SUV style without SUV size, and they should be particularly attracted to this offering.
MSRP From   
$25,930$19,075$32,700$31,900
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I5Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Small Station WgnWagonCompactSmall Station Wagon
Style Name   
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV4-Door Manual S PZEV4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEVRWD 4-Door
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door HB4 Door4 Door Sedan4 Door SUV
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManualManualAutomatic w/OD