2012 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

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You now have quite a few interesting choices in the U.S.

market, if you're looking for a five-door hatch or small wagon with a more premium feel.

The Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is a good alternative; the VW is roomier inside and has a better ride, though it’s not nearly as sporty as the A3.

The Mazda3 and Subaru WRX hatchbacks are also strong alternatives; both have interiors that aren't nearly as nice and refined, but both have good performance and excellent handling—and the WRX offers standard all-wheel drive.

The BMW 3-Series wagon—especially the fuel-efficient 335d—is one possibility, but it’s much more expensive.

With the Lexus CT200h, you could get a body style that's somewhat like that of the A3, with a version of the Toyota Prius' fuel-stingy powertrain.

The CT handles well and gets better mileage in the city, even compared to the A3 TDI, but it's hardly sporty.

Finally, surprisingly, the Audi A4 Avant is an alternative.

Keep the A3 simple; otherwise, you might as well move up to the A4 Avant and its more lavish interior.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The fashionable, versatile 2012 Audi A3 is as deft for the city commute as it is at ease on the highway.
8.4
The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
8.2
With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
7.8
Crisply restyled, with higher gas mileage, more space inside, a nicer interior, and all-wheel drive standard, the 2012 Subaru Impreza is a newly compelling compact alternative.
MSRP From   
$27,270$34,900$15,200$17,495
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
EPA Class   
Small Station WagonsCompact CarsCompactCompact Cars
Style Name   
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Manual 2.0i
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
HatchbackSedan4 Door SedanSedan
Transmission   
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualManual
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