Starting Price: $28,165

Audi's tagline for the A3 is simple, "Not just a small car, a small Audi." Bang for buck. You are in an innovative, German engineered whip for under 30k. You get tremendous handling coupled with ample packing capacity (thanks hatchback!). You've also got Audi styling and cache. The cars materials match the aesthetics too, which goes along way in making you look good. And, in turn gives others reason to make assumptions about your station in life.