2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. Its Competition

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Chris Teague Chris Teague Contributing Writer

Entry-level luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class are as much about the badge up front than what's inside.

The CLA-Class has a curvier profile than, say, the BMW 2-Series, but we like the way the 2-Series drives in more configurations.

(The BMW is rear-wheel drive, mostly.) The Audi A3 is offered in sedan and convertible forms (plus a plug-in hybrid hatchback) and we like the A3's spunk in S3 and RS3 trims.

The Acura ILX may be the most affordable way into a luxury badge, although its dated design is actually based on the last-generation Honda Civic.

The Cadillac ATS is on its way out, and although it's a half-size bigger, it's likely priced nearly identical to the CLA Class.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class may be the stiffest competitor to the CLA—more buyers prefer crossovers to sedans.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a compact luxury car with finesse. Its low price is justified in its small footprint and interior, but it still looks great.
The 2019 Acura ILX delivers some luxury car goods, but we’d spend our money on a loaded-up Honda Civic instead.
The 2019 2-Series coupe or convertible is proof that the formula BMW helped create still works.
The 2019 Cadillac ATS pares down to only a two-door coupe this year as it heads toward the sunset as Cadillac's sporty compact.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA merges hatchback size with crossover functionality and luxury appointments, with better-than-average results.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompactSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name    
CLA 250 CoupeSedan230i Coupe2-Door Coupe 2.0L RWDGLA 250 SUV
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
SedanSedanCoupeCoupeSport Utility
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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