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Audi A3 Research & Comparisons

The Audi A3 Takes On Other Small Luxury Cars in Lafayette, LA

The stylish and sporty Audi A3 comes well-equipped right from the start, offering discerning drivers from Lafayette, LA a pleasantly polished sedan or fun to-drive convertible. As you're making your way through your own research, take a moment to skim across our high-level comparisons right here. We've put the Audi A3 to the test, comparing it against some of the biggest nameplates in the segment, the BMW 2-Series 228i, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan, and the Lexus IS 200t, making it plain to see why so many luxury drivers simply prefer the Audi A3.

 Audi A3
 BMW 2-Series
 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
 Lexus IS 200t

Audi A3 vs BMW 2-Series

When you compare these luxury sedans, it's easy to see why people are drawn to them. Dynamic, sporty, and built for drivers, these two compact luxury sedans are enough alike for discerning drivers to be drawn to both, but there are some glaring differences you're going to want to know about:

  • The Audi A3 is available as a four-door sedan or a convertible, which gives you the power of choice and enough room to bring your friends. By contrast, the BMW 2-Series is only available as a two-door coupe or a convertible. Good luck bringing guests to any parties!
  • The Audi A3 features standard Audi Pre-Sense® basic and Audi Pre-Sense® front, two driver-assistive safety features that the BMW 2-Series models don't have a comparable standard feature to answer with.
  • The Audi A3 offers Audi Drive Select, allowing you to choose between Comfort, Dynamic, Auto, and Individual. While the BMW 2-Series has a lot of options and ways to personalize, these are all decisions you have to make before you bring the vehicle home. In the Audi A3, you can change your drive-style in the moment.

Audi A3 vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Audi A3 is available as a four-door sedan or a soft-top convertible, and so is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class models. They're both also recent additions to their respective lineups, so comparing them is only natural:

  • If you're someone who likes to compare price tags, one thing you'll quickly notice is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class models are quite a bit more expensive than the Audi A3.
  • The Audi A3 outpaces the Mercedes-Benz C-Class models in a number of ways, but none so notably as with its onboard technology. The Audi A3 has an available Bang & Olufsen® Premium Sound System and an Audi MMI® Smartphone Interface. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class models also offers an available sound system, from Burmester® instead. But despite the Mercedes-Benz C-Class models' higher price-point, you'll still have to pay extra for a premium sound system.
  • The Audi A3 features standard Parking Systems Plus on the Premium Plus trim and a standard rearview camera on all trims, and while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class models feature a standard rearview camera as well, its comparable parking feature, called Active Parking Assist, is only an option.

Audi A3 vs Lexus IS 200t

Both the Audi A3 and the Lexus IS 200t are handsome, powerful, and easy to fall in love with, but the Audi A3 distinguishes itself in a number of ways:

  • The Audi A3 measures just a bit shorter than the Lexus IS 200t, making it easier to park in a crowded lot.
  • The Audi A3 features an electronic parking brake for convenience.
  • Expect to find LED Brake Lights, Side Indicator Lights, Daytime Running Lights, and Rear Lights available on the Audi A3—the same can't be said for the Lexus IS 200t—not unless you're ready to buy an optional feature package.

Compare the Audi A3 to the Competition

Due to ongoing parts shortage issues impacting global production, the availability of some equipment, options or features may be limited. Please contact your local Audi Dealer for more information, and be sure to verify the vehicle you purchase includes all expected features and equipment. Thank you for your patience as we work to navigate these limitations.