Compare 2017 Audi Q3 vs 2017 Buick Encore vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class

2017 Audi Q3
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2017 Buick Encore
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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2.0 TFSI Premium FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Q3 2.0 TFSI Premium FWD 20 28 $29,574 $31,800
Q3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus FWD 20 28 $29,574 $31,800
Q3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWD 20 28 $31,528 $33,900
Q3 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro AWD 20 28 $31,528 $33,900
Q3 2.0 TFSI Prestige FWD 20 28 $29,574 $31,800
Q3 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro AWD 20 28 $31,528 $33,900
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AWD 4-Door Essence
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Encore AWD 4-Door Essence 24 30 $29,342 $30,565
Encore AWD 4-Door Preferred 24 30 $24,830 $25,865
Encore AWD 4-Door Preferred II 24 30 $27,230 $28,365
Encore AWD 4-Door Premium 24 30 $30,686 $31,965
Encore AWD 4-Door Sport Touring 24 30 $25,982 $27,065
Encore FWD 4-Door 25 33 $22,875 $22,990
Encore FWD 4-Door Essence 25 33 $27,902 $29,065
Encore FWD 4-Door Preferred 25 33 $23,390 $24,365
Encore FWD 4-Door Preferred II 25 33 $25,790 $26,865
Encore FWD 4-Door Premium 25 33 $29,246 $30,465
Encore FWD 4-Door Sport Touring 25 33 $24,542 $25,565
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AMG GLA 45 4MATIC SUV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GLA AMG GLA 45 4MATIC SUV 22 28 $46,407 $49,900
GLA GLA 250 4MATIC SUV 23 31 $32,411 $34,850
GLA GLA 250 SUV 24 33 $30,551 $32,850

Pricing

Invoice Price

$29,574
$29,342
$46,407

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$31,800
$30,565
$49,900

Monthly Payment Estimate

$530 / month
$509 / month
$832 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.5
6.5
6.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2017 Audi Q3 isn't the most space-efficient or fuel-efficient in its class, but it gives compact luxury shoppers the ride comfort, easy maneuverability, and flexible cabin they seek. The 2017 Buick Encore reaches for the compact-luxury stars, but it falls shy on styling and front-seat space. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a small, luxury compact 'ute that prioritizes "looks" over "feels," or in other words, it's probably perfect for a lot of shoppers.

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Fuel Economy

City

20 mpg 24 mpg 22 mpg

Highway

28 mpg 30 mpg 28 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Cars 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Midsize Station Wagons

Interior Dimensions

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 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 38.3

Second Hip Room (in)

56.1 50.08 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.8 54.18 54.8

Passenger Volume (ft³)

- 92.8 -

Exterior Dimensions

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.7 6.22 -

Length, Overall (in)

172.8 168.41 175

Height, Overall (in)

62.6 65.26 58.2

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.2 60.62 61.8

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)

61.1 60.62 61.7

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

- - TBD - -

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- - TBD - -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

48.2 48.40 43.6

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

16.7 - TBD - 17.2

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

16.7 18.80 17.2

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- - TBD - 27.9

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- - TBD - 54.9

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

- - TBD - -

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

- - TBD - 41.3

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- - TBD - 31.8

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- - TBD - -

Brakes

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.1 10.6 x 0.5 13

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc Pwr 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.3 11.8 x 1.0 13.8

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

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 38.8

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- N/A -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- 16.0 -

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- 2.72 -

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 P235/45ZR19

Rear Tire Order Code

NA RAK NA

Front Tire Size

P235/50HR18 P215/55R18 P235/45ZR19

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA -

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

NA - -

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3494 3358 3457

Wheels

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7 18" x - TBD - 19 X 8

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 7 18" x - TBD - 19 X 8

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact 16" x - TBD - NA

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

140 130 115

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- - TBD - -

Engine

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

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

207 @ 1700 148 @ 1850 350 @ 2250

Engine Order Code

NA LUV NA

Displacement

2.0 L/121 1.4/83 2.0 L/121

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

200 @ 5100 138 @ 4900 375

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

20 24 22

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

23 27 25

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

28 30 28

Transmission

Trans Order Code

NA MNK NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.16 1.45 1.19

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic Auto-Shift Manual w/OD

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.69 0.75 1.16

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.95 4.58 3.86

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.55 1.91 2.90

Trans Type

6 6 7

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.86 1.00 0.87

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.42 2.94 3.10

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.30 2.96 2.43

Clutch Size (in)

- NA -

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

- NA -

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

- 3.53 4.13

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

- NA -

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- - 0.94

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi Q3 Buick Encore Mercedes-Benz GLA

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle 4MATIC

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Torsion Beam Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link w/Coil Springs Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Independent MacPherson Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut w/Coil Springs Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- NA -

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- N/A -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- - TBD - -

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- N/A -

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.7 6.5 7.1

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- NA -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- 6.9 -

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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