Compare 2015 Audi Q3 vs 2015 Buick Encore vs 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class

2015 Audi Q3
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2015 Buick Encore
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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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FrontTrak 4-Door 2.0T Premium Plus
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Q3 FrontTrak 4-Door 2.0T Premium Plus 20 29 $30,227 $32,500
Q3 FrontTrak 4-Door 2.0T Prestige 20 29 $30,227 $32,500
Q3 quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium Plus 20 28 $32,178 $34,600
Q3 quattro 4-Door 2.0T Prestige 20 28 $32,178 $34,600
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AWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Encore AWD 4-Door 23 30 $24,542 $25,565
Encore AWD 4-Door Convenience 23 30 $26,548 $27,655
Encore AWD 4-Door Leather 23 30 $28,272 $29,450
Encore AWD 4-Door Premium 23 30 $29,697 $30,935
Encore FWD 4-Door 25 33 $23,102 $24,065
Encore FWD 4-Door Convenience 25 33 $25,108 $26,155
Encore FWD 4-Door Leather 25 33 $26,832 $27,950
Encore FWD 4-Door Premium 25 33 $28,257 $29,435
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4MATIC 4-Door GLA 250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GLA-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GLA 250 24 32 $30,969 $33,300
GLA-Class 4MATIC 4-Door GLA 45 AMG 23 29 $44,919 $48,300
GLA-Class FWD 4-Door GLA 250 25 35 $29,109 $31,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,227
$24,542
$30,969
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,500
$25,565
$33,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$542 / month
$426 / month
$555 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Audi Q3 stakes out its claim in compact-crossover territory, with Google Earth to map the way. The 2015 Buick Encore could use a little power, but it's otherwise a mostly solid entry into a very small segment. The 2015 Mercedes GLA isn't the roomiest small crossover, but it's a stylish vehicle with a double shot of urban attitude--and a dash of ruggedness--that looks fully up to Mercedes-Benz luxury standards.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 23 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 30 mpg 32 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
58 51.65 -
Second Leg Room (in)
31.1 35.75 33.9
Front Head Room (in)
37 39.58 40
Second Hip Room (in)
56.1 50.08 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.8 54.18 54.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 38.78 38.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 52.55 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
40 40.82 41.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 92.8 -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 60.62 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
102.5 100.60 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
30.8 - TBD - 23.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 69.85 71
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.62 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.7 6.22 -
Length, Overall (in)
172.6 168.41 173.9
Height, Overall (in)
62.6 65.26 60
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.7 - TBD - 17.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
16.7 18.80 17.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
48.2 48.40 43.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - TBD - 31.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - TBD - 27.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - TBD - 61.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - TBD - 41.3
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 11.8 x 1.0 12.6
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Pwr 4-Wheel Disc
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
4-Wheel - -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 10.6 x 0.5 11.6
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 14.0 14.8
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 36.7 36
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.72 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- N/A -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 16.0 -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA RAK NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA RVZ NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50HR18 P215/55R18 P225/45WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA RAK NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50HR18 P215/55R18 P225/45WR18
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4706 - -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 3358 3384
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 x 7.0 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 x 7.0 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16" NA
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 130 115
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD - -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1700 148 @ 1850 258 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA LUV NA
Engine Oil Cooler
Regular Duty - -
Displacement
2.0 L/121 1.4/83 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100 138 @ 4900 208 @ 5500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Turbocharged I4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Electronic fuel injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 23 24
Transmission
Trans PTO Access
No - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.91 2.67
Trans Type
6 6 7
Transfer Case Power Take Off
No - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 1.00 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 2.94 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.30 2.96 2.43
Trans Order Code
NA MHB NA
Transfer Case Model
None - -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.45 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.75 1.05
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.95 4.58 3.86
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.53 4.13
Clutch Size (in)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.84
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle 4MATIC
Vehicle Name
Audi Q3 Buick Encore Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Body Code
S - -
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Axle Type - Rear
Independent - -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Independent MacPherson Strut Strut
Axle Type - Front
Independent - -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- N/A -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- w/Coil Springs Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- N/A -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.6 6.7 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- NA -
Vehicle
EPA Classification
- 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
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)
- 6.9 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- -- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
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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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