2017 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

2017 Audi S3 (European spec)
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

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.

2017 Audi S3 (European spec)2017 Audi A3
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2017 Volvo S602017 Volvo S60
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Quick Specs
7.3
If you can live with its tiny rear seat, the 2017 Audi S3 is an absolute hoot to drive.
6.7
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.
8.2
The 2017 BMW M2 works hard to keep things simple, and to keep its price under control—and to bring back some of the driver’s seat sensations that have gone missing in other recent M cars.
6.6
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.
7.0
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.
MSRP From    
$31,200$27,990$33,150$32,400$33,950
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
2.0 TFSI Premium FWDSedan230i CoupeCLA 250 CoupeT5 FWD Dynamic
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45455
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
CabrioletSedanCoupeSedanSedan
Transmission    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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