Compare 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs 2013 Audi A3

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2013 Audi A3
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4-Door Sedan FWD CLA250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD CLA250 26 38 $27,807 $29,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLA250 24 32 $29,667 $31,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLA45 AMG 23 31 $44,129 $47,450
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4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 21 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $26,737 $28,750
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,807
$25,361
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,900
$27,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$498 / month
$455 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s 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. The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Small Station Wagons
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 52.800
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 39.300
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56 54.400
Second Leg Room (in)
27.1 34.800
Front Leg Room (in)
40.2 41.200
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
35.4 36.900
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 89.000
Front Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 60.300
Length, Overall (in)
182.3 169.000
Height, Overall (in)
56.6 56.000
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 59.300
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 101.500
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 78.500
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 4.300
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 39.000
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 19.500
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12.300 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 11.000 x - TBD -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake Type
- Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.500
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 35.100
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 16.200
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
R02 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
R02 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P225/45R17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3262 3219
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
115 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
208 @ 5500 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1250 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.0L/121
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 21
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 1.110
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.990
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.43 2.090
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.05 1.100
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Manual
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.05 0.930
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.86 3.360
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.13 3.940/3.090
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.67 1.470
Trans Type
7 6
Clutch Size (in)
- - TBD -
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Audi A3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Four Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 (Est) 7.8 (2012)
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7 (2012)
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- 9.100

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