For the better part of the decade that started in 2003, Audi had the premium hot hatch market all for itself with the S3.

At the time, BMW and Mercedes-Benz did not seem interested to enter the segment, but their attitude changed dramatically during the past few years. To fight Audi’s S3 and RS3, Mercedes-AMG now has the A35 and A45 hot hatches. BMW’s answer to the S3 hatch is the M135i, with the M235i Gran Coupe targeting the S3 Sedan.


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