AUDI A3 1.4TFSI From $35,900
Lower starting price, better-looking cabin but not as much equipment and not as sharp on the road.
LEXUS CT200h From $37,990
Quiet and well finished, with the added bragging rights of hybrid power, but misses some equipment, including leather and satnav.
MERCEDES-BENZ A180 From $35,900
Can’t match the BMW for power but is well equipped and feels solid on the road.