The A4 sedan remains embroiled in a longstanding rivalry with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series, but the Cadillac ATS is a strong new rival that deserves attention.
The Cadillac ATS is GM's best small luxury car ever, with remarkable handling and the top-notch CUE infotainment system.
The BMW 3-Series is still the most popular with the traditional crowd of driving enthusiasts, though the latest 3-Series has become heavier and quite a bit more expensive; its turbocharged inline-six offers brilliant power, however.
The C-Class received some extensive changes for 2012, including a new base turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the C250, so it's now pretty much up to snuff with the A4's more fuel-efficient sensibilities.
The Infiniti G37 is an interesting alternative, sporting BMW-like handling and matching it with Japanese design flair, but it can feel a bit coarser with respect to road noise and powertrain refinement.
Acura's TL is worth considering, too, for its somewhat roomier backseat, composed ride, and surprisingly good handling, especially in all-wheel-drive versions.
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