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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

2013 Audi A3

  2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class 2012 Audi A3 4-door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Front Exterior View
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Invoice $27,807 $25,361
23/38 21/42
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Bottom Line A scaled-down CLS with turbocharged performance, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA proves the car world is shrinking--even at the luxury level. Read Full Review The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury. Read Full Review
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  • Mini-CLS silhouette
  • Eager turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Grippy front seats to go with handling
  • The least expensive new Mercedes
  • The three-pointed star gets Facebook in the car


  • Are we ready for a Civic-sized Benz again?
  • Rear-seat headroom is tight
  • LCD screen's tacked-on look
  • Ride can feel stiff
  • Shifts need to speed up


  • Quick, sporty S-tronic automatic gearbox
  • Hatchback versatility
  • Sporty roadholding, handling
  • TDI fuel efficiency
  • Timeless exterior styling


  • Lots of road noise
  • Bluetooth only in $2,000 option package
  • Top-end price well over $40,000
Crash Test Ratings No crash data available No crash data available
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