09. The Verdict
At first glance, it might seem like the base 2011 Audi A3 is actually a better value than the more expensive 2011 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn. The price chasm evaporates quickly, however, if the Audi’s equipment list is expanded to include the same level of gear as found with the Autobahn trim. Still, the availability of all-wheel drive and a turbodiesel engine are strong considerations when comparing these two compact hatchbacks, and in the minds of many premium car shoppers these differences are enough to place the A3 and the GTI in two very distinct categories.