2018 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

2018 Audi S3

When it comes to compact performance cars, each of the three German luxury brands brings its own flavor to the table.

The BMW M is positively sublime.

Offered only as a coupe with turbocharged inline-6 power, it has a front-engine, rear drive layout and returns to the brand’s ultimate driving machine roots.

Opt for the shapely Mercedes-AMG CLA45, and you'll get manic turbocharged 4-cylinder power delivery and a raucous personality.

No other luxury brand can compete, but the Volkswagen Golf R is a virtual hatchback sibling to the S3 sedan.

It has the same engine and comes with all-wheel drive, rides harder and isn’t as refined, but has more useful space.

The Acura ILX is more a competitor for the A3, but it teeters on the line between mainstream and entry luxury.

2018 Audi S32018 Audi A3
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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2018 Audi S3 is a blast to drive, but it suffers from a tiny rear seat and the Volkswagen Golf R offers the same performance with more room for less.
5.8
The 2018 Acura ILX is an acceptable entry-level luxury car, but a loaded-up mainstream model like the Honda Civic delivers more features and refinements for less money.
6.8
The 2018 BMW 2-Series is a competent coupe with plenty of power—even in base trim.
6.2
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a gorgeous shape in an impressive package. Equally impressive? Its ability to get expensive, even despite being the most affordable sedan in Mercedes' stable.
MSRP From   
$31,950$28,100$34,950$32,700
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
2.0 TFSI Premium FWDSedan230i CoupeCLA 250 Coupe
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4545
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
CabrioletSedanCoupeSedan
Transmission   
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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