Here is the thing. Most poeple will not give up an Audi for a Chevrolet Malibu but in this case, the Chevrolet Malibu might be the one you want to get if you have about $32k to spare.
With the Audi A3, $32k will only get you the base model which comes with barely anything. The base model will be powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that will be mated to a seven-speed auto transmission. The engine will be offering about 186hp and 221lb ft of torque and will return about 26mpg in the city and 35mpg on the highway.
With the same budget, you can easily get the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Premium trim model which comes in with a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The engine will be offering about 250hp and 260lb ft of torque and will return about 22mpg in the city and 33mpg on the highway.
If it was up to you, would you opt for the base Audi or the top Chevy Malibu?