AUDI RS Q3 $89,990
It might not have the headline power figures (294kW/480Nm), but the fourringed alternative has five very angry, turbocharged cylinders within its arsenal. And while the Merc-AMG is endowed with an enthusiastic fourcylinder soundtrack, the Audi’s howling 2.5-litre five-pot can’t be matched. The RennSport offering is also cheaper at $89,990 (joined by the coupeesque $92,990 Sportback) and comes with a daring colour palette. However, it likely falls behind the dynamically talented mega Merc – a comparison is needed.