Compare 2016 Audi A3 vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

2016 Audi A3
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 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
$46,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,600
$49,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$610 / month
$825 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
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 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 23 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 27.1
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
102.2 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 70
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 61.3
Length, Overall (in)
175 184.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.9 13.1
Brakes
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)
10.7 13
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 13.8
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.8
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 36.1
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P235/40WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA STDTR
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P235/40WR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA STDTR
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3396 3494
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 115
Engine
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
200 @ 1600 350 @ 2250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4500 375 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 31
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.43
Trans Order Code
NA 429
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.90 1.19
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 1.16
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.86
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 2.44
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 2.90
Trans Type
6 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.10
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.94
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Mercedes-Benz CLA
Body Style
Cabriolet 4MATIC
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 (Est) 6.8
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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