2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. Its Competition

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class (CLA45 AMG)
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

If you find the CLA to be a little less than practical, the closely related A-Class has a more spacious interior and costs a bit less.

The BMW 2-Series is fun to drive but lacks some of the magic we still want to expect from BMW.

Audi’s A3 seems to do just about everything right, even if it can feel a bit anodyne.

A Mazda 3 with a full load of options costs way less than any German rival and delivers nearly as many features with thrilling performance and surprising polish.

Finally, the Lexus IS is a bit small against its real rivals, and it can cost a bit less.

We’d shop it against other subcompact luxury models.

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class (CLA45 AMG)2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassGet Your Price2022 Audi A32022 Audi A3Get Your Price2022 Mazda 32022 Mazda MAZDA3Get Your Price2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class2022 Mercedes-Benz A ClassGet Your Price2021 BMW 2-Series Competition Coupe Side Exterior View2021 BMW 2-Series
Quick Specs
6.6
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class prioritizes style above rationality, and that’s just fine with us.
6.6
The Audi A3 sports the looks and technology that draw buyers into the brand in a fun-to-drive package.
5.8
The 2022 Mazda 3 makes a play for upscale compact-car buyers with a rich interior and cut-above handling.
6.6
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz A220 gives shoppers a taste of luxury in a small sedan package.
6.0
No matter the flavor, the 2021 BMW 2-Series lineup offers plenty of appeal—if not so much back-seat room.
MSRP From    
$38,200$33,900$20,800$33,950$35,700
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
CLA 250 CoupePremium 40 TFSI2.0 FWDA 220 Sedan228i Gran Coupe
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2022 Audi A32022 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2022 Mazda MAZDA32022 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2022 Mercedes-Benz A Class2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2021 BMW 2-Series