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2010 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

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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 2009 Audi A3.

The 2010 Audi A3 doesn’t have a lot of competition in the U.S.


The BMW 3-Series wagon—especially the fuel-efficient 335d—is one possibility, but it’s much more expensive.

The Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is another alternative; it’s actually roomier inside and has a better ride, though it’s not nearly as sporty as the A3.

The Infiniti EX is either a crossover vehicle or tall wagon, depending on how you see it.

It 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.

Yet another option would be the Acura RDX, a crossover that’s powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The RDX has a roomier and better-appointed interior, but it doesn’t offer any fuel-efficient engine choices to rival the A3 TDI.

Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model2010 Audi A32009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen S2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen2008 Acura RDX 4WD 4-door Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Acura RDX2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View2008 BMW 3-Series
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A fuel-stingy new TDI engine and spruced-up appearance make the 2010 Audi A3 a very fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive, and practical compact choice.
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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.
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The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
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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.
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Small Station WgnWagon4WD Sport Utility VehicleCompact
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive4 Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
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