2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2014 CLA will be the new entry-level Mercedes-Benz, but it won't be alone at its expected $30,000 price point for long.

The BMW 1-Series has been on sale in the U.S.

for a few years, but it's been offered in two-door coupe and convertible body styles only--and has been revamped into a new 2-Series.

That's due to change, as soon as 2015--by which time, the new Audi A3 sedan will have also found its way into American showrooms.

Meanwhile, the early arrivals in the compact-luxury class are already settled in, but both are more near-luxury sedans, at least in prestige per pound.

The Acura ILX has awkward features and packaging issues to go with lackluster performance, while the Buick Verano's gotten much smarter with a new turbo edition, while sticking with a softer handling setup.

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2014 BMW 2-Series Coupe2014 BMW 2-Series
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Quick Specs
8.2
A scaled-down CLS with turbocharged performance, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA proves the car world is shrinking--even at the luxury level.
8.0
The 2015 Audi A3 and S3 put more pressure on "premium" small sedans, with real prestige in their badges and real potential in their spec sheets.
7.8
The 2014 Acura ILX is a nice, balanced compact luxury sedan for those who put the emphasis on comfort and feature, not true sport-sedan reflexes.
The 2014 BMW 2-Series takes the former 1-Series Coupe into more mature, well-equipped, design-forward territory.
8.0
Mild or slightly spicy--in either flavor, the 2014 Buick Verano delivers long on comfort, without bowing to sport-sedan cliches.
MSRP From    
$29,900$29,900$26,900$32,100$23,700
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/4-cyl
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige4-Door Sedan 2.0L2-Door Coupe 228i RWD4-Door Sedan
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55545
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/A4
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanCoupeSedan
Transmission    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2015 Audi A32014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2014 Acura ILX2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2014 BMW 2-Series2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2014 Buick Verano