Compare 2018 Audi Q3 vs 2018 Buick Encore vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class

2018 Audi Q3
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2018 Buick Encore
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2018 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 $30,596 $32,900
Q3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus FWD 20 28 $30,596 $32,900
Q3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWD 20 28 $32,550 $35,000
Q3 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro AWD 20 28 $32,550 $35,000
Q3 2.0 TFSI Sport Premium FWD 20 28 $31,528 $33,900
Q3 2.0 TFSI Sport Premium Plus FWD 20 28 $31,528 $33,900
Q3 2.0 TFSI Sport Premium Plus quattro AWD 20 28 $33,480 $36,000
Q3 2.0 TFSI Sport Premium quattro AWD 20 28 $33,480 $36,000
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AWD 4-Door Essence
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Encore AWD 4-Door Essence 24 30 $29,376 $30,600
Encore AWD 4-Door Preferred 24 30 $24,864 $25,900
Encore AWD 4-Door Preferred II 24 30 $27,264 $28,400
Encore AWD 4-Door Premium 24 30 $30,816 $32,100
Encore AWD 4-Door Sport Touring 24 30 $26,016 $27,100
Encore FWD 4-Door 25 33 $22,875 $22,990
Encore FWD 4-Door Essence 25 33 $27,936 $29,100
Encore FWD 4-Door Preferred 25 33 $23,424 $24,400
Encore FWD 4-Door Preferred II 25 33 $25,824 $26,900
Encore FWD 4-Door Premium 25 33 $29,376 $30,600
Encore FWD 4-Door Sport Touring 25 33 $24,576 $25,600
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AMG GLA 45 4MATIC SUV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GLA AMG GLA 45 4MATIC SUV 22 28 $47,058 $50,600
GLA GLA 250 4MATIC SUV 23 31 $32,922 $35,400
GLA GLA 250 SUV 24 33 $31,062 $33,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,596
$29,376
$47,058
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,900
$30,600
$50,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$548 / month
$510 / month
$843 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.3
6.2
5.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Audi Q3 offers a fun-to-drive alternative to the entry compact luxury car, but with more utility. Versus its rivals, it delivers more ride comfort and interior refinement, but less fuel efficiency. The 2018 Buick Encore does the pint-size crossover thing well, although it lacks some safety tech and gets pricey with options. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class blends hatchback with crossover, with better than mixed results.
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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 24 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 30 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
40 40.82 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 38.78 38.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 52.55 53.1
Front Head Room (in)
36.9 39.58 40
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.8 54.18 54.8
Second Leg Room (in)
31.1 35.75 27.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- 51.65 -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 92.8 -
Second Hip Room (in)
- 50.08 -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.7 6.22 -
Wheelbase (in)
102.5 100.60 106.3
Height, Overall (in)
62.5 65.26 58
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.2 60.62 61.8
Liftover Height (in)
30.8 - TBD - 23.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 69.85 71
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 60.62 61.7
Length, Overall (in)
- 168.41 -
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 41.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.7 - TBD - 17.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
16.7 18.80 17.2
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 - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - TBD - 27.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - TBD - 54.9
Brakes
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
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 14.0 14.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 36.7 38.9
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 16.0 -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.72 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- N/A -
Tires
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
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA RAK NA
Trailering
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 - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3483 3358 3457
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 130 115
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD - -
Engine
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 @ 6000
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
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
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
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
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.53 2.39
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA -
Clutch Size (in)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.94
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle 4MATIC
Vehicle Name
Audi Q3 Buick Encore Mercedes-Benz GLA
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- N/A -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD - -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- N/A -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA -
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
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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
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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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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