The Audi A3 Sportback was named 2013 What Car? Car of the Year, but the hatchback faces a stiff challenge from the likes of the Mercedes A-Class and Volkswagen Golf.
To see how the three compare, we put them up against each other in a video group test.
In our test the Audi A3 1.4 122 SE goes up against the Mercedes A180 Blue Efficiency and the Volkswagen Golf 1.4 122 SE 5dr.
All three cost from just under 20,000, offer a small economical turbocharged petrol engine and all the equipment you'd expect from a premium manufacturer.
Watch our video road test to see how they performed.