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2020 Audi A3 vs. Its Competition

2020 Audi A3
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

With a four-door BMW 2-Series 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.
6.0
The 2020 2-Series Gran Coupe fills the smallest void in the BMW lineup.
6.6
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan is the most affordable new Mercedes on sale. Its three-pointed star will be the attraction, but there’s plenty to stick around for after.
7.5
The 2020 Volvo S60 luxury sport sedan balances power and grace.
MSRP From    
$33,300$25,900$35,300$32,800$36,050
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
Premium 40 TFSISedan230i CoupeA 220 SedanT5 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55455
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanCoupeSedanSedan
Transmission    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2020 Audi A3 vs. 2020 Acura ILX2020 Audi A3 vs. 2020 BMW 2-Series2020 Audi A3 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz A Class2020 Audi A3 vs. 2020 Volvo S60