Compare 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs 2017 Audi A3

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2017 Audi A3
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Coupe CLA 250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Coupe CLA 250 24 36 $30,132 $32,400
4MATIC Coupe CLA 250 23 32 $31,992 $34,400
4MATIC Coupe AMG CLA 45 23 30 $46,454 $49,950
2017 Audi A3

2017 Audi A3 vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: Compare Cars

Mercedes-Benz and Audi have inserted new entry-level compact cars into their lineup the past several years, with the CLA and the A3, respectively. These two have very different packaging, style, and driving personalities, and they appeal to an entirely different kind of buyer.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,132
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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,400
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Monthly Payment Estimate
$540 / month
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The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a sharp-looking sedan that washes its hands of back-seat space, and stuns us in CLA45 AMG trim. The 2017 Audi A3 comes well-equipped and is a pleasant, polished entry-level sedan worthy of serious consideration.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg -
Highway
36 mpg -
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars -
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
35.4 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 -
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 -
Passenger Capacity
5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56 -
Second Leg Room (in)
27.1 -
Front Leg Room (in)
40.2 -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 -
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 -
Length, Overall (in)
182.3 -
Height, Overall (in)
56.6 -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 -
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 -
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes -
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA -
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.8 -
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 -
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 -
Rear Tire Order Code
NA -
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 -
Spare Tire Size
NA -
Front Tire Order Code
NA -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3274 -
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum -
Spare Wheel Material
NA -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum -
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
115 -
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 -
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1250 -
Engine Order Code
NA -
Displacement
2.0 L/121 -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
208 -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 -
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.43 -
Trans Order Code
429 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 -
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD -
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.86 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.67 -
Trans Type
7 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz CLA -
Body Style
Sedan -
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.0 -

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