Compare 2020 Audi A3 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

2020 Audi A3
2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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Premium 40 TFSI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 Sedan Premium 40 TFSI 27 36 $31,304 $33,300
A3 Sedan Premium Plus 40 TFSI 27 36 $31,304 $33,300
A3 Sedan S line Premium 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $34,312 $36,500
A3 Sedan S line Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 22 30 $34,312 $36,500
RS 3 Sedan 2.5 TFSI 19 28 $52,828 $56,200
S3 Sedan S line Premium 2.0 TFSI quattro 22 29 $40,420 $43,000
S3 Sedan S line Premium Plus 2.0 TFSI quattro 22 29 $40,420 $43,000
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AMG CLA 35 4MATIC Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CLA AMG CLA 35 4MATIC Coupe 22 29 $44,979 $47,850
CLA AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupe 20 29 $52,029 $55,350
CLA CLA 250 4MATIC Coupe 24 33 $37,459 $39,850
CLA CLA 250 Coupe 25 35 $35,579 $37,850
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,304
$44,979
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,300
$47,850
Monthly Payment Estimate
$555 / month
$798 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Audi A3 is a well-equipped entry-level compact sedan that delivers more substance than flash. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a stylish little sedan with plenty of personality and a hefty price tag.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 33.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.8
Second Head Room (in)
36.1 35.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53 54
Front Head Room (in)
36.5 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
175.5 184.8
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 55.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 63.3
Wheelbase (in)
103.8 107.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 63.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.3 11.6
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 13.8
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 -
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/40HR18 P235/40HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA R02
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/40HR18 P235/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA R02
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3197 3505
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
320 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
320 115
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 1600 295 @ 3000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
184 @ 4300 302 @ 5800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 29
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.75 10.04
Trans Order Code
UG 426
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 4.92
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 2.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.40 15.93
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.12 3.46
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 6.93
Trans Type
7 7
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.64 2.23
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 3.61
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.90 12.81
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Sedan Mercedes-Benz CLA
Body Style
Sedan 4MATIC
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 7.2
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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2020 Audi A3
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  • Rebates: $500 financing rebate
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