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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|2015 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2015 Acura ILXBrowse Used Listings||2015 Buick VeranoBrowse Used Listings||2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassBrowse Used Listings||2015 Volvo S60Browse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Gas/4-cyl||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium||4-Door Sedan 2.0L||4-Door Sedan w/1SV||4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD||4-Door Sedan T5 Drive-E FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front 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||Automatic w/OD|
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|2015 Audi A3 vs. 2015 Acura ILX||2015 Audi A3 vs. 2015 Buick Verano||2015 Audi A3 vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class||2015 Audi A3 vs. 2015 Volvo S60|