2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. Its Competition

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The CLA-Class is the smallest Mercedes we've ever driven--but it’s hardly alone in its class, with a host of new competition in showrooms or on the way.

The redesigned Audi A3 may not look like a stylistic departure, but it’s now a sedan, making it a direct competitor to the CLA.

BMW’s 2-Series is still only offered as a coupe, but it has a new interior and updated styling.

The Acura ILX sedan has been retooled to compete more effectively.

The Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback is a surprisingly capable competitor, although its hybrid powertrain isn't as responsive as some will expect.

Finally, the Buick Verano now has a turbo version to go with its traditionally relaxed ride and handling (though we question how much cross-shopping there is between Mercedes and Buick).

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
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2017 Acura ILX2017 Acura ILX
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2017 Audi S3 (European spec)2017 Audi A3
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2016 BMW M22017 BMW 2-Series
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2016 Buick Verano Turbo2017 Buick Verano
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Quick Specs
6.6
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.
6.7
The 2017 Acura ILX isn't long on glamor, but it's a focused and comfortable compact sedan on the first rung of the luxury ladder.
7.3
If you can live with its tiny rear seat, the 2017 Audi S3 is an absolute hoot to drive.
8.2
The 2017 BMW M2 works hard to keep things simple, and to keep its price under control—and to bring back some of the driver’s seat sensations that have gone missing in other recent M cars.
5.8
The 2017 Buick Verano delivers quiet and comfort but the most appealing engine, the 2.0-liter turbo, doesn't return for the final run. Buyers should look for deals on this lame-duck car.
MSRP From    
$32,400$27,990$31,200$33,150$21,065
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 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    
CLA 250 CoupeSedan2.0 TFSI Premium FWD230i Coupe4-Door Sedan w/1SV
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55445
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/A4
Body Style    
SedanSedanCabrioletCoupeSedan
Transmission    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2017 Acura ILX2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2017 Audi A32017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2017 BMW 2-Series2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2017 Buick Verano