2015 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

2015 Audi A3 Sedan
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Right now, the set of small, pricey sedans is limited to a handful of cars.

The Buick Verano has the advantage of seniority, and it's a well-executed compact with a plush, quiet cabin and excellent safety scores, though it lacks a more-than-premium image.

The Acura ILX is a disappointment: the interior's not even quite as nice as the quick-update Honda Civic and performance is lackluster.

It's no Integra.

The A3's real intended target is the Mercedes CLA, a beautiful four-door with a very firm ride, a zesty powertrain, and a 355-hp AMG edition already in the pipeline.

Others might overlook one other key alternative to the A3: the Volvo S60, which is nearly seven inches longer than the A3 but a few inches short of the A4.

The S60 comes with a more fuel-efficient turbo four and an eight-speed automatic (and 37-mpg highway rating) at the base level—and it feels like a much more refined car for just a little more money.

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Quick Specs
The 2015 Audi A3 and S3 put more pressure on "premium" small sedans, with real prestige in their badges and real potential in their spec sheets.
The 2015 Acura ILX is a well-rounded compact premium sedan for those who want features and comfort, but don't mind sacrificing performance.
The 2015 Buick Verano may not be much of a sports sedan, but it certainly delivers in the category of comfort.
The 2015 CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.
The 2015 Volvo S60 remains a striking shape with unbeatable safety ratings and equipment, and offers a range of models from quiet and comfortable to flamboyant and edgy.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/4-cylIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsCompactCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium4-Door Sedan 2.0L4-Door Sedan w/1SV4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD2015.5 4-Door Sedan T5 Drive-E FWD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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