2019 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

2019 Audi A3
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan is new for 2019, and already looks better and higher-quality than its CLA-Class predecessor.

The BMW 2-Series, on the other hand, is only available in coupe form, but does offer impressive driving dynamics typical of a Bimmer.

Acura’s ILX gets a heavy visual refresh for 2019 as well but is still a last-generation Honda Civic underneath.

The Buick Cascada is the only true competitor to the A3 Cabriolet but is outdated and slow.

Finally, the entire Volkswagen Golf range could be on this list, but the Golf R is the closest to the A3 in terms of price, features, performance, and all-wheel drive.

2019 Audi A32019 Audi A3
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2019 Acura ILX2019 Acura ILX
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2019 BMW 2-Series2019 BMW 2-Series
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2019 Buick Cascada2019 Buick Cascada
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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 20182019 Mercedes-Benz A Class
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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen2019 Volkswagen Golf
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Quick Specs
6.7
The 2019 Audi A3 is a well-equipped entry point to luxury sedan ownership with few drawbacks.
4.7
The 2019 Acura ILX delivers some luxury car goods, but we’d spend our money on a loaded-up Honda Civic instead.
6.2
The 2019 2-Series coupe or convertible is proof that the formula BMW helped create still works.
4.8
The 2019 Buick Cascada convertible means retirement like a gold watch. It’s stylish, small, and reasonably priced, but not very spacious.
6.4
Mercedes takes a second aim at an entry-level sedan with the A-Class, and this time hits closer to the mark.
6.5
The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.
MSRP From     
$32,500$25,900$35,300$33,070$32,500$21,845
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
Titanium Premium 40 TFSISedan230i Coupe2-Door ConvertibleA 220 Sedan1.4T S Automatic
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554455
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A2N/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanCoupeConvertibleSedanHatchback
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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