The 2015 CLA is the new entry-level Mercedes-Benz, and it's been surrounded by new entry-luxury competition form all sides.
Audi's new A3 has gone sedan, leaving the hatchback version in Europe; unfortunately, i is outdone by the less-expensive VW GTI with which it shares a platform.
The BMW 1-Series has been revamped into a new 2-Series, which adopts more conventional coupe styling and is a standout in this segment because of its rear-drive architecture.
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 in all but the manual-equipped 2.4-liter model, while the Buick Verano's gotten much smarter with a turbo edition, while sticking with a more relaxed handling setup.
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|2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassBrowse Used Listings||2015 Acura ILXBrowse Used Listings||2015 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2015 BMW 2-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2015 Buick VeranoBrowse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Gas/4-cyl|
|Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Compact|
|4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD||4-Door Sedan 2.0L||4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium||2-Door Coupe 228i RWD||4-Door Sedan w/1SV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2015 Acura ILX||2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2015 Audi A3||2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2015 BMW 2-Series||2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2015 Buick Verano|