The 2013 Audi A3 only has one direct competitor, the very different Lexus CT 200h, a luxury hybrid hatchback that gets superb gas mileage but isn't all that sporty.
Many A3 buyers may cross-shop the extensive BMW 3-Series range, though it offers no hatchback model.
If you're looking for a diesel alternative, the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen has a TDI model that's larger, more capacious, and ride better, although its roadholding isn't as sporty.
One level down in the market, both the Mazda3 and the Subaru Impreza offer compact hatchback models with equally sporty handling.
The Mazda is more of a driver's car, but the Subaru offers both all-wheel drive and a hot-rod WRX model as well.
There's also the Audi A4 Avant wagon, which competes on price with the high end of the A3 range when those options begin to add up.
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|Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual||Manual|