There’s a new class of compact luxury sports cars on the market, with the Mercedes-Benz CLA and all-new Audi A3 joining the BMW 2-Series.
While the CLA-Class offers a more powerful high-performance option—with a dual-clutch transmission—the rear-drive dynamics of the 2-Series may better suit the enthusiast.
Audi’s A3 and S3 promise similar measures of sport and refinement as the 2-Series, but wrapped in a more techno-modern style that may appeal to some buyers.
Both the CLA-Class and A3 are sedans, however, so the coupe buyer may not care for the extra pair of doors.
Lexus’ IS 250 is also an alternative, though again, it’s a sedan, and it’s significantly less sport-minded than the BMW, especially when the German car is chosen in M235i form.
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