Each of the three German brands brings something decidedly different to the table.
Opt for the shapely Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and you'll get manic power delivery and gobs of less-than-refined personality.
The BMW M2, on the other hand, is positively sublime—but it's only available as a coupe.
Nobody else offers quite as much punch in a small car, but the Acura ILX is nicely balanced and became more powerful last year.
The Volvo S60 is a size class above the Audi S3, and its Polestar variant is a lot more expensive, but it may be worth a look.
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|2017 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2017 Acura ILXBrowse Used Listings||2017 BMW 2-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassBrowse Used Listings||2017 Volvo S60Browse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars|
|2.0 TFSI Premium FWD||Sedan||230i Coupe||CLA 250 Coupe||T5 FWD Dynamic|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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