2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. Its Competition

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Unless its roofline makes you swoon, the Mercedes CLA begs to be cross-shopped against the Mercedes A-Class.

They’re the same car underneath.

The Audi A3 delivers similar underhood punch and lots of tech in a more practical package.

Acura’s ILX is cheaper, but it shows in too many ways.

A well-equipped CLA is likely to tread well into Volvo S60 and Jaguar XE pricing territory.

We like both of those cars a lot, so don’t rule them out.

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2019 Acura ILX2019 Acura ILXGet Your Price2019 Jaguar XE2019 Jaguar XE
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Quick Specs
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class comes packed with tech wrapped in a sexy bod, but it’s somehow less spacious than last year’s model.
4.7
The 2019 Acura ILX delivers some luxury car goods, but we’d spend our money on a loaded-up Honda Civic instead.
5.8
The 2019 Jaguar XE compact luxury sedan reminds us of the halcyon days of small four-door luxury cars.
6.4
Mercedes takes a second aim at an entry-level sedan with the A-Class, and this time hits closer to the mark.
7.3
The 2019 Volvo S60 hits a sport-sedan sweet spot, somewhere between nurturing and overbearing.
MSRP From    
N/A$25,900$36,995$32,500$35,800
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
N/APremium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
N/ACompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
N/ASedan25t RWDA 220 SedanT5 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain    
N/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
N/A5555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
N/ASedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
N/AAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2019 Acura ILX2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2019 Jaguar XE2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz A Class2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2019 Volvo S60