Compare 2015 Audi A3 vs 2015 Buick Verano vs 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

2015 Audi A3
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2015 Buick Verano
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Premium 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Prestige 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Premium 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Prestige 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
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4-Door Sedan Convenience Group
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Verano 4-Door Sedan Convenience Group 21 32 $24,019 $25,020
Verano 4-Door Sedan Leather Group 21 32 $25,968 $27,050
Verano 4-Door Sedan Premium Turbo Group 21 30 $28,046 $29,215
Verano 4-Door Sedan w/1SD 21 32 $22,444 $23,380
Verano 4-Door Sedan w/1SV 21 32 $20,959 $21,065
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4-Door Sedan CLA 250 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CLA-Class 4-Door Sedan CLA 250 4MATIC 24 33 $31,155 $33,500
CLA-Class 4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD 26 38 $29,295 $31,500
CLA-Class 4-Door Sedan CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC 23 31 $45,105 $48,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,108
$24,019
$31,155
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,600
$25,020
$33,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$593 / month
$417 / month
$558 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2015 Buick Verano may not be much of a sports sedan, but it certainly delivers in the category of comfort. The 2015 CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 32 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Subcompact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
4 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.3 37.8 35.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
45.7 52.9 53.2
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 38.3 38.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 55.1 56
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 34.7 27.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 42.0 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.9 -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 95.0 -
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.7 -
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 58.1 56.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 60.7 60.8
Length, Overall (in)
175 183.9 182.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 60.3 60.9
Wheelbase (in)
102.2 105.7 106.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD - -
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- 71.4 70
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.9 14.3 13.1
Brakes
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Pwr 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 11.8 x - TBD - 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 11.5 x - TBD - 11.6
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 15.6 14.8
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- N/A -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.5 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 36.0 36
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.8 -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P235/45R18 P225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70R16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA RJ0 R02
Spare Tire Order Code
NA ZAD NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P235/45R18 P225/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA RJ0 R02
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3384 3300 3395
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 4.0 NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 x 8.0 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 x 8.0 17 X 7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 130 115
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 512 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1600 171 @ 4900 258 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA LEA NA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 2.4L/145 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4500 180 @ 6700 208 @ 5500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Gas/4-cyl Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 25 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 32 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 21 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 3.23 4.13
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.91 2.67
Trans Type
6 6 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 1.00 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 2.84 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.96 2.43
Trans Order Code
NA MH8 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.90 1.45 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/Manual Shift Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.75 1.05
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.46 4.58 3.86
Clutch Size (in)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.84
Summary
Body Style
Cabriolet Sedan 4MATIC
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Buick Verano Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Compound Crank Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- N/A -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- 1.00 -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- N/A -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 (Est) 7.1 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- NA -
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)
- 7.5 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
-

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