2008 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

2008 Audi A3 PZEV
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 2008 Audi A3.

A traditional wagon such as the BMW 3-Series or the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen might not have all-wheel drive, but each has more cargo room than the more compact Audi A3--and in the Jetta's case, a coming diesel option.

Look to Japan and the Infiniti EX 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.

2008 Audi A3 PZEV2008 Audi A3
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2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View2008 BMW 3-Series
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Audi A3 is more than an upscale Volkswagen Rabbit, thanks to its fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark.
The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
Because of the Infiniti EX35, 2008 could be year of the right-sized crossover. Many people are looking for SUV style without SUV size, and they should be particularly attracted to this offering.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class  
Small Station WgnCompactSmall Station Wagon
Style Name  
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak4-Door Sedan 328i RWDRWD 4-Door
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door HB4 Door Sedan4 Door SUV
Manual w/ODManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Audi A3 vs. 2008 BMW 3-Series2008 Audi A3 vs. 2008 INFINITI EX35