Compare 2017 Audi A3 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

2017 Audi A3
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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Coupe CLA 250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Coupe CLA 250 24 36 $30,132 $32,400
4MATIC Coupe CLA 250 23 32 $31,992 $34,400
4MATIC Coupe AMG CLA 45 23 30 $46,454 $49,950

2017 Audi A3 vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: Compare Cars

Mercedes-Benz and Audi have inserted new entry-level compact cars into their lineup the past several years, with the CLA and the A3, respectively. These two have very different packaging, style, and driving personalities, and they appeal to an entirely different kind of buyer.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
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$30,132
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
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$32,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
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$540 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.3
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Audi A3 comes well-equipped and is a pleasant, polished entry-level sedan worthy of serious consideration. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a sharp-looking sedan that washes its hands of back-seat space, and stuns us in CLA45 AMG trim.
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Fuel Economy
City
- 24 mpg
Highway
- 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
- Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
- 27.1
Front Leg Room (in)
- 40.2
Second Head Room (in)
- 35.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 53.2
Front Head Room (in)
- 38.2
Passenger Capacity
- 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- 56
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
- 56.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
- 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- 70
Track Width, Front (in)
- 60.9
Length, Overall (in)
- 182.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.1
Brakes
Brake ABS System
- 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 11.6
Brake Type
- 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
- Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
- NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 14.8
Steering
Steering Type
- Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 36
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- NA
Front Tire Order Code
- NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- NA
Rear Tire Size
- P225/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
- NA
Front Tire Size
- P225/45HR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 3274
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
- Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
- 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
- Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
- 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- NA
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 115
Engine
Displacement
- 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
- 208
Engine Type
- Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
- Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- 258 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
- NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
Trans Type
- 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
- NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.43
Trans Order Code
- 429
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
- Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Drivetrain
- Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 3.86
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.46
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.67
Summary
Body Style
- Sedan
Vehicle Name
- Mercedes-Benz CLA
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
- Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
- Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 6.0

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