2013 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

2012 Audi A3 4-door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Front Exterior View

The 2013 Audi A3 only has one direct competitor, the very different Lexus CT 200h, a luxury hybrid hatchback that gets superb gas mileage but isn't all that sporty.

Many A3 buyers may cross-shop the extensive BMW 3-Series range, though it offers no hatchback model.

If you're looking for a diesel alternative, the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen has a TDI model that's larger, more capacious, and ride better, although its roadholding isn't as sporty.

One level down in the market, both the Mazda3 and the Subaru Impreza offer compact hatchback models with equally sporty handling.

The Mazda is more of a driver's car, but the Subaru offers both all-wheel drive and a hot-rod WRX model as well.

There's also the Audi A4 Avant wagon, which competes on price with the high end of the A3 range when those options begin to add up.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury.
8.6
The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect.
8.2
The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
7.8
The 2013 Impreza retains the Subaru hallmarks of standard all-wheel drive, practicality, and durability, while packing in more features for the money—and it looks good doing it.
MSRP From   
$27,270$32,550$16,700$17,895
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 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 320i RWD South Africa4-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   
HatchbackSedanSedanSedan
Transmission   
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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