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.
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