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.
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|21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas I6|
|Small Station Wgn||Wagon||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Compact|
|4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Manual S PZEV||4WD 4-Door||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||4 Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door HB||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Automatic w/OD||Manual|