2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. Its Competition

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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2015 Acura ILX2015 Acura ILX
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2015 Audi A3 Sedan2015 Audi A3
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2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible2015 BMW 2-Series
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2015 Buick Verano2015 Buick Verano
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2015 CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.
7.8
The 2015 Acura ILX is a well-rounded compact premium sedan for those who want features and comfort, but don't mind sacrificing performance.
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.
8.2
The 2015 BMW 2-Series is a well-rounded luxury sports coupe with looks, handling, features, and speed that belie its entry-level positioning.
8.0
The 2015 Buick Verano may not be much of a sports sedan, but it certainly delivers in the category of comfort.
MSRP From    
$31,500$27,050$29,900$32,100$21,065
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/4-cyl
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD4-Door Sedan 2.0L4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium2-Door Coupe 228i RWD4-Door Sedan w/1SV
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/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2015 Acura ILX2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2015 Audi A32015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2015 BMW 2-Series2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2015 Buick Verano