Compare 2015 Audi A3 vs 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

2015 Audi A3
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
S3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 31 $38,224 $41,100
S3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 31 $38,224 $41,100
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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
$31,155
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,600
$33,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$593 / month
$558 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
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 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 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 40.2
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.3 35.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
45.7 53.2
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 38.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 56
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 27.1
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
102.2 106.3
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 56.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 60.8
Length, Overall (in)
175 182.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 60.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- 70
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.9 13.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 11.6
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.8
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 36
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA R02
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA R02
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P225/45HR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3384 3395
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 115
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1600 258 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4500 208 @ 5500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 33
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 1.05
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.86
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 4.13
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 2.67
Trans Type
6 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.43
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.90 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84
Summary
Body Style
Cabriolet 4MATIC
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 (Est) 6.7
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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