Compact luxury cars are now a thing, and some of them are bringing high-powered companions like the Audi S3 to market along with more sedate models.
There's a turbocharger available with the Buick Verano, but it's avoiding the whole sport-sedan fray, with its very well-composed ride and quiet cabin.
The Acura ILX is more of the same, only less--less satisfying, less quiet, less appealing.
The S3's a shot straight at the Mercedes-Benz CLA, which comes in CLA45 AMG trim and is so good, it was named Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2014.
|2015 Audi S3||2015 Acura ILX||2015 Buick Verano||2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class|
|$41,100Browse Used Listings||$27,050Browse Used Listings||$21,065Browse Used Listings||$31,500Browse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Gas/4-cyl||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact||Subcompact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige||4-Door Sedan 2.0L||4-Door Sedan w/1SV||4-Door Sedan CLA250 FWD|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD|