2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. Its Competition

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
6.6
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class packs sexy tech in a sexy bod, while it throws bargain pricing under the bus.
4.7
The 2020 Acura ILX is still the most affordable car with a luxury badge, but it requires a few concessions.
6.7
The 2020 Audi A3 is a well-equipped entry-level compact sedan that delivers more substance than flash.
6.4
The 2020 Jaguar XE delivers legitimate sport-sedan goodness.
6.6
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan is the most affordable new Mercedes on sale. Its three-pointed star will be the attraction, but there’s plenty to stick around for after.
7.5
The 2020 Volvo S60 luxury sport sedan balances power and grace.
MSRP From     
$36,650$25,900$33,300$39,900$32,800$36,050
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
CLA 250 CoupeSedanPremium 40 TFSIS RWDA 220 SedanT5 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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