2020 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

2020 Audi A3
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

With a four-door BMW 2-Series on the horizon and a new Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan in showrooms, the Audi A3 has formidable competition for the first time since its inception.

All three German brands now offer four-door pint-size sedans with a similar mission.

Among those, the BMW is the clear performance leader, though less-potent versions will certainly follow.

The A-Class is stylish, though it shows its cheap price in many ways.

The Acura ILX is more than a dressed-up Honda Civic, but its roots are obvious.

Lexus’ IS is larger than the Audi, but it’s a good value and has decent dynamics.

The Volvo S60 is spacious and comfortable compared to the Audi, and it may not be all that much pricier when comparably equipped.

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Quick Specs
6.7
The 2020 Audi A3 is a well-equipped entry-level compact sedan that delivers more substance than flash.
4.7
The 2020 Acura ILX is still the most affordable car with a luxury badge, but it requires a few concessions.
6.4
Mercedes takes a second aim at an entry-level sedan with the A-Class, and this time hits closer to the mark.
7.3
The 2019 Volvo S60 hits a sport-sedan sweet spot, somewhere between nurturing and overbearing.
MSRP From    
N/AN/A$35,300$32,500$35,800
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
N/AN/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
N/AN/ASubcompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
N/AN/A230i CoupeA 220 SedanT5 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain    
N/AN/ARear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
N/AN/A455
Passenger Doors    
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Body Style    
N/AN/ACoupeSedanSedan
Transmission    
N/AN/AAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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