Lot consists of German cars alone, like Mercedes Benz A Class, B Class and BMW 1 Series hatchbacks. All these are similar to Audi A3 by being most affordable cars in their respective brands. One major score to Audi is that they offer a sedan in the price which others offer only hatchback models. Well this works both ways actually.
Customers who own a gigantic luxury car already may want a hatchback to do short trips or run errands in city and they may not prefer a sedan even if it is very well affordable. In that case, Audi’s hands are still empty in India. This is where BMW and Mercedes Benz come into picture, with only one opponent each. Whereas, for those who want to upgrade their ride and wish to step into luxury car world, Audi A3 may strike as a better option.
In any case, you’re going to check out maximum power, acceleration and top speed of each car, if you’re an enthusiast. Considering only petrol variants, Audi A3 hosts biggest engine of the lot, 1.8 litre 40 TFSI petrol engine that gives out 180 PS max. power, significantly higher than rest. BMW 1 Series 116i comes with 1.6 litre BMW Twin Power Turbo petrol motor that delivers 136 PS. Mercedes Benz A Class A 180 Sport has a 1.6 litre petrol engine pushes only 112 PS max. power, B Class B 180 Sport also uses same engine with same power.
Diesel version of Mercedes Benz A and B Class, A 180 CDI and B 180 CDI, hide the biggest engine in comparison, 2.2 litre CDI, yet gives out least power of 109 PS. Audi A3 1.8 35 TDI and BMW 118d both use 2.0 litre engines and sport identical maximum power reading of 143 PS.
Comparing price of petrol powered entry level luxury cars, BMW 116i is most affordable at starting price of Rs. 22.65 lakhs (ex-showroom Pan India). Mercedes Benz A 180 Sport is priced at Rs. 27.87 lakhs, Audi A3 1.8 TFSI at Rs. 28.95 lakhs and Mercedes B 180 Sport at Rs. 29.42 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).
Audi A3 1.8 TDI is least expensive of premium diesel cars, at starting price of Rs. 22.95 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). Next is BMW 118d priced at Rs. 25.60 lakhs, Mercedes A 180 CDI Style at Rs. 26.95 lakhs and B 180 CDI at Rs. 28.31 lakhs.
Here is technical specification sheet comparing Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A & B Class cars in India.