2012 Audi A3 Premium

2012 Audi A3 Competitors

$29-31k luxury car, designed & built in Germany 21-30 city / 28-42 hwy 319-613 mile range, diesel or gas engine
140 to 200 hp 122 cu. in. 4-cylinder turbo

As well as being compared against other luxury cars, the 2012 Audi A3 Premium is also often compared to sports cars, cars and mid-size SUVs. The 2012 Audi A3 Premium's top rivals come from Audi (such as the A4 Premium and the A5 Premium) and Volkswagen (such as the Jetta TDI and the Passat TDI SEL Premium)

compared to luxury car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the A3 Premium compared to other luxury car competitors include: it is slightly more fuel efficient in the city (30 mpg vs 22 mpg), is significantly more fuel efficient on the highway (42 mpg vs 31 mpg), gets slightly more from a tank of gas in the city (438 miles vs 378 miles), gets significantly more from a tank of gas on the highway (613 miles vs 490 miles) and has significantly more cargo space (39.0 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3).

However, on average it doesn't have rear air conditioning (not available vs optional), is not a hybrid car, is significantly more sluggish (23.7 lb/hp vs 16.9 lb/hp), is slightly less powerful (140 HP @ 4,200 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM) and has worse traction (front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive).

2011 Audi A4 Premium

2011 Audi A4 Premium
$33,175

Significant advantages of the A4 Premium (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Optional rear air conditioning
  • Sportier performance: 16.7 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp
  • Passenger power seats comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the A4 Premium (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 30 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Worse city mileage: 22 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Roof rails not available

common strengths of the A4 Premium and A3 Premium

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 30 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 22 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Both have lots of cargo room: 34.0 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3
arrow Compare the A4 Premium vs the A3 Premium

2011 Audi A5 Premium

2011 Audi A5 Premium
$39,075

Significant advantages of the A5 Premium (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Optional rear air conditioning
  • Better road traction: all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Significantly better cornering ability: 0.92 g vs 0.83 g

Significant disadvantages of the A5 Premium (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 29 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Significantly less cargo room: 12.2 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 21 mpg vs 30 mpg

common strengths of the A5 Premium and A3 Premium

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 29 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 21 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Good city range: 355 miles vs 438 miles
arrow Compare the A5 Premium vs the A3 Premium

2011 Lexus CT 200h

2011 Lexus CT 200h
$29,995

Significant advantages of the CT 200h (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Hybrid
  • Significantly better city mileage: 43 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Many more airbags: 7 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the CT 200h (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Power mirrors not available
  • Significantly more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 476 miles vs 613 miles
  • Significantly less cargo room: 14.3 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3

common strengths of the CT 200h and A3 Premium

  • Very fuel efficient in the city: 43 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Very fuel efficient on the highway: 40 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Fantastic city range: 512 miles vs 438 miles
arrow Compare the 2011 Lexus CT 200h vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2011 Audi A6 Premium

2011 Audi A6 Premium
$46,075

Significant advantages of the A6 Premium (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Sportier performance: 14.6 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp
  • Entertainment system comes standard
  • Significantly more powerful: 265 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,200 RPM

Significant disadvantages of the A6 Premium (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 30 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 21 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Significantly less cargo room: 15.9 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3

common strengths of the A6 Premium and A3 Premium

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 30 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 21 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Fantastic highway range: 633 miles vs 613 miles
arrow Compare the A6 Premium vs the A3 Premium

2011 Audi TT

2011 Audi TT
$39,175

Significant advantages of the TT (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Better road traction: all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Significantly better cornering ability: 0.95 g vs 0.83 g
  • Sportier performance: 15.4 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp

Significant disadvantages of the TT (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 31 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Much more cramped back seats: 26.2 ft3 vs 39.2 ft3
  • Significantly less cargo room: 13.1 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3

common strengths of the TT and A3 Premium

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 31 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 22 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $39,175 vs $31,125
arrow Compare the TT vs the A3 Premium

2011 Lexus IS 250

2011 Lexus IS 250
$34,170

Significant advantages of the IS 250 (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Sportier performance: 16.9 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp
  • Significantly better cornering ability: 0.91 g vs 0.83 g
  • More airbags: 6 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the IS 250 (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 27 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 19 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 462 miles vs 613 miles

common strengths of the IS 250 and A3 Premium

  • Inexpensive: $34,170 vs $31,125
  • Both vehicles can make tight turns: 33.5 ft vs 35.1 ft
  • People mover: 5 vs 5
arrow Compare the 2011 Lexus IS 250 vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

compared to sports car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the A3 Premium compared to sports car competitors include: it has a turbocharger to get maximum performance from the engine (turbocharger vs none), is significantly more fuel efficient in the city (30 mpg vs 22 mpg), is much more fuel efficient on the highway (42 mpg vs 29 mpg), gets much more from a tank of gas in the city (438 miles vs 304 miles) and gets much more from a tank of gas on the highway (613 miles vs 409 miles).

However, on average it is slightly less powerful (140 HP @ 4,200 RPM vs 210 HP @ 5,500 RPM), slightly slower 0-60 time (8.5 seconds vs 6.2 seconds), slightly slower 1/4 mile time (16.7 s s @ 82.0 mph mph vs 14.8 s s @ 98.0 mph mph), significantly worse cornering ability (0.83 g vs 0.93 g) and is much more sluggish (23.7 lb/hp vs 14.3 lb/hp).

2011 MINI Cooper

2011 MINI Cooper
$20,100

Significant advantages of the Cooper (vs the A3 Premium)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Cooper (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Much less cargo room: 5.7 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 488 miles vs 613 miles

common strengths of the Cooper and A3 Premium

  • Very fuel efficient on the highway: 37 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Very fuel efficient in the city: 29 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Fantastic city range: 383 miles vs 438 miles
arrow Compare the 2011 MINI Cooper vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2012 Honda Civic Si

2012 Honda Civic Si
$22,975

Significant advantages of the Civic Si (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Sportier performance: 14.3 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp
  • Moon roof comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Civic Si (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving in the city: 290 miles vs 438 miles
  • Much worse highway mileage: 31 mpg vs 42 mpg

common strengths of the Civic Si and A3 Premium

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 31 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 22 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $22,975 vs $31,125
arrow Compare the 2012 Honda Civic Si vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
$22,350

Significant advantages of the Cooper Countryman (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Roof rails comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Cooper Countryman (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 434 miles vs 613 miles
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving in the city: 347 miles vs 438 miles

common strengths of the Cooper Countryman and A3 Premium

  • Very fuel efficient in the city: 28 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Very fuel efficient on the highway: 35 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Lots of cargo room: 41.3 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3
arrow Compare the 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2012 Ford Mustang

2012 Ford Mustang
$23,105

Significant advantages of the Mustang (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much better cornering ability: 0.96 g vs 0.83 g
  • Significantly faster 0-60 mph time: 6.2 seconds vs 8.5 seconds
  • Significantly faster 1/4 mile time: 14.8 s s @ 98.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 82.0 mph mph

Significant disadvantages of the Mustang (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Much worse highway mileage: 29 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Much worse city mileage: 19 mpg vs 30 mpg

common strengths of the Mustang and A3 Premium

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 29 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Good highway range: 464 miles vs 613 miles
  • Inexpensive: $23,105 vs $31,125
arrow Compare the 2012 Ford Mustang vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR
$34,770

Significant advantages of the Lancer Evolution GSR (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much faster 0-60 mph time: 5.8 seconds vs 8.5 seconds
  • Significantly better cornering ability: 0.93 g vs 0.83 g
  • Significantly faster 1/4 mile time: 14.5 s s @ 97.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 82.0 mph mph

Significant disadvantages of the Lancer Evolution GSR (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 23 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving in the city: 246 miles vs 438 miles
  • Much worse city mileage: 17 mpg vs 30 mpg

common strengths of the Lancer Evolution GSR and A3 Premium

  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle: Turbocharger vs Turbocharger
  • Inexpensive: $34,770 vs $31,125
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
arrow Compare the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2011 Saab 9-3 Turbo4

2011 Saab 9-3 Turbo4
$32,505

Significant advantages of the 9-3 Turbo4 (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Power seats comes standard
  • Optional passenger power seats

Significant disadvantages of the 9-3 Turbo4 (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 27 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Much worse city mileage: 19 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving in the city: 304 miles vs 438 miles

common strengths of the 9-3 Turbo4 and A3 Premium

  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle: Turbocharger vs Turbocharger
  • Lots of cargo room: 25.4 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3
  • Inexpensive: $32,505 vs $31,125
arrow Compare the 2011 Saab 9-3 Turbo4 vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

compared to car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the A3 Premium compared to car competitors include: it is slightly more fuel efficient in the city (30 mpg vs 24 mpg), is slightly more fuel efficient on the highway (42 mpg vs 33 mpg), has significantly more cargo space (39.0 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3), has a significantly longer-lasting basic warranty (4 year vs 3 year) and has a significantly longer basic warranty (50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile).

However, on average it is slightly more sluggish (23.7 lb/hp vs 18.1 lb/hp), has slightly fewer airbags (5 vs 6), has slightly less spacious back seats (39.2 ft3 vs 47.2 ft3), slightly longer braking distance from 60mph (134 ft vs 113 ft) and slightly slower 1/4 mile time (16.7 s s @ 82.0 mph mph vs 15.5 s s @ 97.0 mph mph).

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
$23,765

Significant advantages of the Jetta TDI (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Significantly shorter braking distance from 60mph: 113 ft vs 134 ft
  • Moon roof comes standard
  • More ground clearance for rough terrain: 5.5" vs 4.3"

Significant disadvantages of the Jetta TDI (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Significantly less cargo room: 15.5 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3
  • Significantly shorter basic warranty: 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • Roof rails not available

common strengths of the Jetta TDI and A3 Premium

  • Very fuel efficient on the highway: 42 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 30 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Fantastic highway range: 609 miles vs 613 miles
arrow Compare the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium
$32,965

Significant advantages of the Passat TDI SEL Premium (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Many fewer trips to fill-up when driving on the highway: 796 miles vs 613 miles
  • Many fewer trips to fill-up when driving in the city: 574 miles vs 438 miles
  • Significantly roomier back seats: 48.8 ft3 vs 39.2 ft3

Significant disadvantages of the Passat TDI SEL Premium (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Significantly less cargo room: 15.9 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3
  • Significantly shorter basic warranty: 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • Roof rails not available

common strengths of the Passat TDI SEL Premium and A3 Premium

  • Very fuel efficient on the highway: 43 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 31 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Fantastic highway range: 796 miles vs 613 miles
arrow Compare the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2012 Ford Focus Titanium

2012 Ford Focus Titanium
$23,495

Significant advantages of the Focus Titanium (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much shorter braking distance from 60mph: 110 ft vs 134 ft
  • Sportier performance: 18.1 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp
  • More airbags: 6 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the Focus Titanium (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Significantly more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 471 miles vs 613 miles
  • Significantly shorter basic warranty: 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile

common strengths of the Focus Titanium and A3 Premium

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 38 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 28 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
arrow Compare the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2011 Toyota Camry XLE

2011 Toyota Camry XLE
$30,605

Significant advantages of the Camry XLE (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Sportier performance: 13.1 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp
  • Significantly roomier back seats: 47.2 ft3 vs 39.2 ft3
  • Significantly more powerful: 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,200 RPM

Significant disadvantages of the Camry XLE (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 29 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 20 mpg vs 30 mpg

common strengths of the Camry XLE and A3 Premium

  • Good highway range: 536 miles vs 613 miles
  • Good city range: 370 miles vs 438 miles
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
arrow Compare the 2011 Toyota Camry XLE vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T

2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T
$25,565

Significant advantages of the GTI 2.0T (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Sportier performance: 15.4 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp
  • Significantly better cornering ability: 0.91 g vs 0.83 g
  • More airbags: 6 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the GTI 2.0T (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 33 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Significantly more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 478 miles vs 613 miles
  • Significantly less cargo room: 15.3 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3

common strengths of the GTI 2.0T and A3 Premium

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 33 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle: Turbocharger vs Turbocharger
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
arrow Compare the 2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2012 Volkswagen CC Sport

2012 Volkswagen CC Sport
$29,335

Significant advantages of the CC Sport (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Sportier performance: 16.5 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp
  • Passenger power seats comes standard
  • Power seats comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the CC Sport (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 31 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 21 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Significantly less cargo room: 13.0 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3

common strengths of the CC Sport and A3 Premium

  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle: Turbocharger vs Turbocharger
  • Good highway range: 574 miles vs 613 miles
  • Good city range: 388 miles vs 438 miles
arrow Compare the 2012 Volkswagen CC Sport vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

compared to mid-size SUV competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the A3 Premium compared to mid-size SUV competitors include: it is much more fuel efficient in the city (30 mpg vs 19 mpg), is much more fuel efficient on the highway (42 mpg vs 25 mpg), gets much more from a tank of gas in the city (438 miles vs 321 miles), gets much more from a tank of gas on the highway (613 miles vs 420 miles) and has a slightly longer-lasting basic warranty (4 year vs 3 year).

However, on average it has slightly less cargo space (39.0 ft3 vs 56.1 ft3), is slightly less powerful (140 HP @ 4,200 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,500 RPM), much less ground clearance (4.3" vs 7.9"), is much more sluggish (23.7 lb/hp vs 15.9 lb/hp) and has slightly less spacious front seats (51.0 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3).

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion
$30,990

Significant advantages of the Tiguan SE 4Motion (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much more ground clearance for rough terrain: 6.9" vs 4.3"
  • More cargo room: 56.1 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3
  • Sportier performance: 18.2 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp

Significant disadvantages of the Tiguan SE 4Motion (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 25 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Much worse city mileage: 19 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 420 miles vs 613 miles

common strengths of the Tiguan SE 4Motion and A3 Premium

  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle: Turbocharger vs Turbocharger
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the {better}'s satellite radio; in the {worse}, too, but it'll cost
  • Rock on in the {better}; but prepare to pay to get a CD player in the {worse}
arrow Compare the 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2011 Honda CR-V

2011 Honda CR-V
$23,405

Significant advantages of the CR-V (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much more ground clearance for rough terrain: 6.7" vs 4.3"
  • Much more cargo room: 72.9 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3
  • Significantly roomier front seats: 55.6 ft3 vs 51.0 ft3

Significant disadvantages of the CR-V (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 28 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Much worse city mileage: 21 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 428 miles vs 613 miles

common strengths of the CR-V and A3 Premium

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 28 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 21 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Rock on in the {better}; but prepare to pay to get a CD player in the {worse}
arrow Compare the 2011 Honda CR-V vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2011 Nissan JUKE SV

2011 Nissan JUKE SV
$21,640

Significant advantages of the JUKE SV (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much more ground clearance for rough terrain: 7" vs 4.3"
  • Sportier performance: 15.5 lb/hp vs 23.7 lb/hp
  • Significantly shorter braking distance from 60mph: 123 ft vs 134 ft

Significant disadvantages of the JUKE SV (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 31 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 409 miles vs 613 miles
  • Many more trips to the pumps when driving in the city: 317 miles vs 438 miles

common strengths of the JUKE SV and A3 Premium

  • Very fuel efficient on the highway: 31 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Very fuel efficient in the city: 24 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle: Turbocharger vs Turbocharger
arrow Compare the 2011 Nissan JUKE SV vs the 2012 Audi A3 Premium

2011 Audi Q5 Premium Plus

Placeholder
$43,375

Significant advantages of the Q5 Premium Plus (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much more ground clearance for rough terrain: 7.9" vs 4.3"
  • Significantly more powerful: 270 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,200 RPM
  • Significantly more cargo room: 57.3 ft3 vs 39.0 ft3

Significant disadvantages of the Q5 Premium Plus (vs the A3 Premium)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 23 mpg vs 42 mpg
  • Much worse city mileage: 18 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Lacks a supercharger or turbocharger: None vs Turbocharger

common strengths of the Q5 Premium Plus and A3 Premium

  • Longer basic warranty: 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
arrow Compare the Q5 Premium Plus vs the A3 Premium