Compare 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs 2015 Audi A3

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2015 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 Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Prestige 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Prestige 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Premium 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,807
$27,808
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,900
$29,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$498 / month
$498 / 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 2015 Audi A3 and S3 put more pressure on "premium" small sedans, with real prestige in their badges and real potential in their spec sheets.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 53
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 39.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56 54.8
Second Leg Room (in)
27.1 35.1
Front Leg Room (in)
40.2 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
35.4 36.4
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
182.3 175
Height, Overall (in)
56.6 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 60.1
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 61.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 12.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12.3
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 10.7
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 36
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P225/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
R02 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P225/40HR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
R02 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3262 3175
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
115 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
208 @ 5500 170 @ 4500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1250 200 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 1.8 L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 27
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.91
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.43 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.05 0.90
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.05 0.76
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.86 3.46
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.13 4.12
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.67 1.30
Trans Type
7 6
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Audi A3
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 (Est) 6.5 (Est)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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