Entry-level luxury sedans don’t make the splash they once did — think Mercedes-Benz’s 2013 Super Bowl ad, which touted a sub-$30,000 CLA-Class — as shoppers see SUVs increasingly become the entry point to luxury brands. Some have now pulled the plug entirely, but others remain: The CLA and related A-Class are alive and well, as is BMW’s 2 Series Gran Coupe. Acura, meanwhile, will resurrect the Integra in a likely successor to the ILX.
So it goes with Audi, which redesigned the A3 and related S3 sedans for 2022 (originally expected as 2021s) with slightly more power, size and weight. Is the new A3 or S3 worth attention? To find out, Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder and I sampled Audi’s contenders in southeast Michigan as jurors for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards. (Audi will also sell a redesigned RS 3 for 2022, but full specs remain pending as of this writing; we didn’t test it.)