Before getting into these 10 Audi A3 competitors to consider, let’s ask the obvious question: why not an A3? It’s a fantastic subcompact sedan or cabriolet that starts at $32,925 and packs 186 horsepower, or 220 hp with all-wheel drive in the mix. There’s also a much warmer S3 sedan version. The regular A3, however, works well as a small pocket of luxury, making the grind of the commute more bearable without spending crazy money.
There is one big answer to the question above. The A3 is nearing the end of this generation, with a new redesign coming either as a 2019 or 2020 model. For those who can’t wait, or just want to explore a few other avenues, here’s our list.