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 23 33 $28,738 $30,900
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
S3 4-Door Sedan quattro Premium Plus 23 31 $39,526 $42,500
S3 4-Door Sedan quattro Prestige 23 31 $39,526 $42,500
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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 Compact Cars

Number of Passenger Doors

- 4 -

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in)

31.9 34.7 27.1

Front Leg Room (in)

41.2 42.0 40.2

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

Passenger Volume (ft³)

- 91.0 -

Front Hip Room (in)

- 53.7 -

Second Hip Room (in)

- 51.9 -

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in)

55.5 58.1 55.7

Track Width, Rear (in)

60.1 60.7 61.4

Wheelbase (in)

102.2 105.7 106.3

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.7 71.4 70

Track Width, Front (in)

61.2 60.3 61.3

Length, Overall (in)

175 183.9 184.7

Liftover Height (in)

- - TBD - -

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- - TBD - -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.9 14.0 13.1

Brakes

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

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

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.2 15.6 14.8

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- 2.8 -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- N/A -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- 15.5 -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

- 36.0 36.1

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P225/45HR17 P235/45R18 P235/40WR18

Rear Tire Order Code

NA RJ0 STDTR

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

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3396 3300 3494

Wheels

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

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

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

140 130 115

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- 512 -

Engine

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

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

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

24 21 23

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

28 25 26

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

35 32 31

Transmission

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

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

Clutch Size (in)

- NA -

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- - 0.94

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A3 Buick Verano Mercedes-Benz CLA

Body Style

Cabriolet Sedan 4MATIC

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link w/Coil Springs Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut MacPherson Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut w/Coil Springs Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Compound Crank Multi-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- N/A -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- NA -

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- N/A -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- 1.00 -

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 Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- NA -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- NA -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- NA -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- NA -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- 7.5 -

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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