Compare 2021 Audi Q3 vs 2021 BMW X1 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class

2021 Audi Q3
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S line Premium 45 TFSI quattro
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Q3 S line Premium 45 TFSI quattro 20 28 $33,840 $36,000
Q3 S line Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 20 28 $33,840 $36,000
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sDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X1 sDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle 24 33 $33,420 $35,400
X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle 23 31 $35,280 $37,400
GLA 250 4MATIC SUV
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,840
$33,420
$35,936
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,000
$35,400
$38,230
Monthly Payment Estimate
$600 / month
$590 / month
$637 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Audi Q3 is bulky but not brash, with good tech and space inside for passengers and gear. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is the smallest and least expensive SUV in its lineup, and a welcome entry to the brand.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 33 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Large Cars Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 41.9 40.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 55.6 55.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 37 -
Front Leg Room (in)
40 40.4 -
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 39.4 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.2 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 101.2 -
Front Hip Room (in)
- - 57.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- - 57.2
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
176.6 175.5 173.6
Height, Overall (in)
62.9 62.9 63.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 61.6 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
105.5 105.1 107.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 71.7 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 61.5 63.2
Liftover Height (in)
- - 27.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
48 58.7 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
23.7 27.1 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
23.7 27.1 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - 62.5
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - 41.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - 31.7
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - 29.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.4 - 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 - 11.6
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 16.1 14.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 37.4 -
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR18 P225/50VR18 P235/55WR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA 927 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR18 P225/50VR18 P235/55WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 927 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3916 3554 -
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1700 258 @ 1450 258 @ 1620
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
228 @ 5000 228 @ 5000 221 @ 5500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 33 33
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.43 1.49 5.68
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Drivetrain
All Wheel Front Wheel Drive All Wheel
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 3.23
First Gear Ratio (:1)
5.59 5.52 17.56
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 2.05 8.09
Trans Type
8 8 8
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.67 2.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.21 1.24 4.13
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 4.22 14.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.18 12.32
Trans Order Code
EA 205 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.80 2.53
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.20 4.60
Summary
Body Style
quattro Sport Utility Sports Activity Vehicle 4MATIC
Vehicle Name
Audi Q3 BMW X1 Mercedes-Benz GLA
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 6.6 6.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 210 115
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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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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