Compare 2023 Audi A3 vs 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

2023 Audi A3
2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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Premium 40 TFSI
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 Premium 40 TFSI 28 38 $32,807 $34,900
A3 Premium 40 TFSI quattro 27 35 $34,687 $36,900
A3 Premium Plus 40 TFSI 28 38 $32,807 $34,900
A3 Premium Plus 40 TFSI quattro 27 35 $34,687 $36,900
RS 3 2.5 TFSI 20 29 $55,367 $58,900
S3 Premium 2.0 TFSI quattro 23 32 $43,147 $45,900
S3 Premium Plus 2.0 TFSI quattro 23 32 $43,147 $45,900
S3 Prestige 2.0 TFSI quattro 23 32 $43,147 $45,900
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AMG CLA 35 4MATIC Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CLA AMG CLA 35 4MATIC Coupe 21 29 $45,266 $47,900
CLA AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupe 20 28 $52,826 $55,900
CLA CLA 250 4MATIC Coupe 24 33 $37,989 $40,200
CLA CLA 250 Coupe 25 36 $36,099 $38,200

Pricing

Invoice Price

$32,807
$45,266

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$34,900
$47,900

Monthly Payment Estimate

$582 / month
$798 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.8
6.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

The Audi A3 doesn’t stand out from German rivals, but it’s confident composure is undeniable. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class prioritizes style above rationality, and that’s just fine with us.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

28 mpg 21 mpg

Highway

38 mpg 29 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Front Leg Room (in)

41.2 41.8

Second Head Room (in)

36.6 35.7

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Head Room (in)

36.8 38.5

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.8 55.1

Second Leg Room (in)

35.2 33.9

Second Shoulder Room (in)

- 54

Exterior Dimensions

Length, Overall (in)

176.9 184.8

Height, Overall (in)

56.2 55.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.6 63.3

Wheelbase (in)

103.5 107.4

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

71.5 72.2

Track Width, Front (in)

60.7 63.4

Brakes

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

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)

- 13

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

- NA

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

- 13.8

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

14.5 13.5

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.1 -

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P225/45HR17 P235/40HR18

Rear Tire Order Code

NA R02

Front Tire Size

P225/45HR17 P235/40HR18

Spare Tire Size

Compact NA

Front Tire Order Code

NA R02

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3329 3505

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 8 18 X 8

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 8 18 X 8

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

320 -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- 115

Engine

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric 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

201 @ 4800 302 @ 5800

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

28 21

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

32 24

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

38 29

Transmission

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.75 10.04

Trans Order Code

UG 426

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

0.64 2.23

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

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 Mercedes-Benz CLA

Body Style

Sedan 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

5.6 7.4

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

- 11.6
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