Compare 2016 Audi A3 vs 2016 Buick Verano vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

2016 Audi A3
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2016 Buick Verano
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2016 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 $34,038 $36,600
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 24 35 $34,038 $36,600
A3 2-Door Convertible FWD 1.8T Prestige 24 35 $34,038 $36,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Prem Plus 23 32 $36,828 $39,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Premium 23 32 $36,828 $39,600
A3 2-Door Convertible quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 32 $36,828 $39,600
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 23 33 $28,738 $30,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige 23 33 $28,738 $30,900
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium 31 43 $30,876 $33,200
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 31 43 $30,876 $33,200
A3 4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Prestige 31 43 $30,876 $33,200
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 24 33 $31,806 $34,200
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 24 33 $31,806 $34,200
A3 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 24 33 $31,806 $34,200
A3 e-tron 4-Door HB Premium N/A N/A $35,248 $37,900
A3 e-tron 4-Door HB Premium Plus N/A N/A $35,248 $37,900
A3 e-tron 4-Door HB Prestige N/A N/A $35,248 $37,900
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4-Door Sedan Leather Group
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Verano 4-Door Sedan Leather Group 21 32 $25,444 $26,505
Verano 4-Door Sedan Premium Turbo Group 21 30 $27,523 $28,670
Verano 4-Door Sedan Sport Touring 21 32 $23,102 $24,065
Verano 4-Door Sedan w/1SD 21 32 $22,540 $23,480
Verano 4-Door Sedan w/1SV 21 32 $20,959 $21,065
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4-Door Sedan AMG CLA 45 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CLA 4-Door Sedan AMG CLA 45 4MATIC 23 31 $46,035 $49,500
CLA 4-Door Sedan CLA 250 4MATIC 24 33 $31,667 $34,050
CLA 4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD 26 38 $29,807 $32,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,038
$25,444
$46,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,600
$26,505
$49,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$610 / month
$442 / month
$825 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Audi A3 models offer a variety of body styles, powertrains, and options to battle whatever the small luxury segment has to offer. The 2016 Buick Verano delivers heavily on comfort and quiet, even if it's not much of a sport sedan. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA is tight on rear-seat space, and on value—but long on style and in AMG trim, explosive performance.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 32 mpg 31 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)
- 91.0 -
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.7 -
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 58.1 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 60.7 61.4
Length, Overall (in)
175 183.9 184.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 60.3 61.3
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 14.0 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 - 13.8
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 - 13
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 36.1
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.8 -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P235/45R18 P235/40WR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70R16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA RJ0 STDTR
Spare Tire Order Code
NA ZAD NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P235/45R18 P235/40WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA RJ0 STDTR
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3396 3300 3494
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 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 x 8.0 18 X 8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 130 115
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 512 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1600 171 @ 4900 350 @ 2250
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 375 @ 6000
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 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 32 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 21 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 3.23 2.44
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.91 2.90
Trans Type
6 6 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 1.00 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 2.84 3.10
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.96 2.43
Trans Order Code
NA MH8 429
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.90 1.45 1.19
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 1.16
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.46 4.58 3.86
Clutch Size (in)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.94
Summary
Body Style
Cabriolet Sedan 4MATIC
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Buick Verano Mercedes-Benz CLA
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 6.8
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
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
-

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