Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class vs. Audi A3

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Key Specs

Expert Rating

Expert Rating

Owner Reviews

Owner Reviews

Horsepower

Horsepower
208 hp
184 - 228 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L I
2.0 TFSI 4 Cylinder 16

Interior Features

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.2 in.
41.2 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37 - 38.2 in.
36.5 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
27.1 in.
35.1 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
35.4 - 35.6 in.
36.1 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13.1 cu. ft.
10 cu. ft.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Climate Control

Climate Control

Dual Zone

Dual Zone

Exterior Features

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/40WR18 - P225/45HR17
P225/40HR18 - P225/45HR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
103.8 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.1 ft.
36.1 ft.

Length

Length
182.3 in.
175.5 in.

Width

Width
70 in.
70.7 in.

Mechanical Specs

Weight

Weight
3274 - 3395 lbs.
3197 - 3428 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
208 hp
184 - 228 hp

Torque

Torque
258 ft. lbs.
221 - 258 ft. lbs.

Turbocharged

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 gal.
13.2 - 14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
28 mpg
26 - 31 mpg

City

City
24 mpg
22 - 26 mpg

Highway

Highway
32 - 37 mpg
30 - 35 mpg

Safety Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Auto Leveling Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlights
Optional

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Optional
Optional

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag

Tech Specs

Vehicle Name

Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Audi A3 Sedan

Body Style

Body Style
4MATIC - Sedan
Sedan - quattro Sedan

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive - Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive - Front Wheel Drive

EPA Classification

EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars
Subcompact Cars

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Capacity
5
5

Base Curb Weight

Base Curb Weight
3274 - 3395 lbs.
3197 - 3428 lbs.

Fuel Economy Est-Combined

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
29 mpg.
25 - 29 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
24 mpg.
22 - 26 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
32 - 37 mpg.
30 - 35 mpg.

Engine Type

Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Displacement

Displacement
2.0 L/121
2.0 L/121

Fuel System

Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection
Gasoline Direct Injection

Trans Type

Trans Type
7
7

Trans Description Cont.

Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.86
3.40

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.43
2.75

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.67
1.77

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37
0.93

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00
0.70

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82
0.76

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42
2.90

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46
4.77

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 - 6.5
6.1 - 7.1

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
115
140

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Front
Strut
Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut
Strut

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Front Tire Size

Front Tire Size
P225/40WR18 - P225/45HR17
P225/40HR18 - P225/45HR17

Rear Tire Size

Rear Tire Size
P225/40WR18 - P225/45HR17
P225/40HR18 - P225/45HR17

Front Wheel Size

Front Wheel Size
17 X 7.5 - 18 X 7.5 in.
17 X 7.5 - 18 X 8 in.

Rear Wheel Size

Rear Wheel Size
17 X 7.5 - 18 X 7.5 in.
17 X 7.5 - 18 X 8 in.

Front Wheel Material

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum
Aluminum

Steering Type

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
36.1 ft.
36.1 ft.

Brake Type

Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc
4-Wheel Disc

Brake ABS System

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel
4-Wheel

Disc - Front

Disc - Front
Yes
Yes

Disc - Rear

Disc - Rear
Yes
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.6 in.
12.3 - 13.4 in.

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.6 in.
10.7 - 12.2 in.

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
13.2 gal.
13.2 - 14.5 gal.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37 - 38.2 in.
36.5 in.

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.2 in.
41.2 in.

Front Shoulder Room

Front Shoulder Room
56 in.
54.8 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
35.4 - 35.6 in.
36.1 in.

Second Leg Room

Second Leg Room
27.1 in.
35.1 in.

Second Shoulder Room

Second Shoulder Room
53.2 in.
53 in.

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
103.8 in.

Length, Overall

Length, Overall
182.3 in.
175.5 in.

Width, Max w/o mirrors

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70 in.
70.7 in.

Height, Overall

Height, Overall
56.6 in.
55.7 in.

Track Width, Front

Track Width, Front
60.9 in.
61.2 in.

Track Width, Rear

Track Width, Rear
60.8 in.
60.1 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13.1 ft³.
10 ft³.

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73
0.64

Model Group

Model Group
CLA
A3

Vehicle Segment

Vehicle Segment
Compact Luxury
Compact Luxury

Vehicle Type

Vehicle Type
Sedan
Sedan

Engine Displacement Units

Engine Displacement Units
2.0
2.0

Engine Camshaft

Engine Camshaft
DOHC
DOHC

Engine Block Type

Engine Block Type
aluminum
iron

Engine Cylinder Count

Engine Cylinder Count
4
4

Engine Valve Count

Engine Valve Count
4
4