2017 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

2017 Audi A3 e-tron Sportback
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The A3 squares off best against the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Acura ILX, which are sized about the same and both have rather more pedestrian roots.

Against those, the ILX gives the A3 a run for its money in terms of polish and value, while the CLA is more daring to look at but feels comparatively unrefined.

The Volvo S60 is larger and pricier, but it still substantially undercuts its rivals like the BMW 3-Series and Audi's A4.

Buick's Verano comes in at a much lower price and equipment point than the A3, but the turbocharged model is a worthwhile consideration for those focused on value.

Meanwhile, BMW hasn't yet gotten in on the subcompact luxury sedan game, but its 2-Series coupe is more of a thoroughbred sports car compared to the A3.

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The 2017 Audi A3 comes well-equipped and is a pleasant, polished entry-level sedan worthy of serious consideration.
The 2017 Acura ILX isn't long on glamor, but it's a focused and comfortable compact sedan on the first rung of the luxury ladder.
It may be BMW's entry-level model, but the 2-Series provides the sort of driving excitement the brand seems to have otherwise forgotten about.
The 2017 Buick Verano delivers quiet and comfort but the most appealing engine, the 2.0-liter turbo, doesn't return for the final run. Buyers should look for deals on this lame-duck car.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a sharp-looking sedan that washes its hands of back-seat space, and stuns us in CLA45 AMG trim.
The 2017 Volvo S60 is a solid alternative to those tired of the German sedan game. It's not as flashy, but it is more sensibly priced.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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