Right now, the set of small, pricey sedans is limited to a handful of cars.
The Buick Verano has the advantage of seniority, and it's a well-executed compact with a plush, quiet cabin and excellent safety scores, though it lacks a more-than-premium image.
The Acura ILX is a disappointment: the interior's not even quite as nice as the quick-update Honda Civic and performance is lackluster.
It's no Integra.
The A3's real intended target is the Mercedes CLA, a beautiful four-door with a very firm ride, a zesty powertrain, and a 355-hp AMG edition already in the pipeline.
Others might overlook one other key alternative to the A3: the Volvo S60, which is nearly seven inches longer than the A3 but a few inches short of the A4.
The S60 comes with a more fuel-efficient turbo four and an eight-speed automatic (and 37-mpg highway rating) at the base level—and it feels like a much more refined car for just a little more money.
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