2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs. 2017 Audi A3

December 20th, 2016 by

When it comes to affordable all-wheel-drive luxury vehicles, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 4MATIC and 2017 Audi A3 Quattro are in a class of their own. Each offers a distinctly different approach to styling, performance, versatility and value while maintaining an unmistakably germanic character. Read below to identify the differences, and visit Mercedes-Benz of Farmington – Utah’s new home for luxury – to test-drive a versatile CLA 250 4MATIC or powerful Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 today.

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Style

From the outside, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4MATIC offers an individualistic and modern styling character. Emulating its big brother, the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the CLA offers a coupe-like silhouette while maintaining a family-friendly four-door configuration. Optional AMG styling enhancements and LED lighting packages further accent its individualistic character. The Audi A3 Quattro sedan offers a more conservative approach, with harder edges and less design flourishes. The CLA is for those who desire a vehicle which, simply put, doesn’t look like every other car on the road.

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Performance

At the heart of the 2017 CLA 250 4MATIC is a 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder engine boasting 208 HP and a mountain-friendly 258 lb-ft of torque. Channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive, 0-60 arrives in a scant 6.8 seconds. The A3’s performance comes by way of a 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 220 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s channeled through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive.

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Utility

While the CLA is compact and maneuverable by nature, its passenger- and cargo-hauling capabilities are second to none. Thanks to a standard split-folding rear seat back with center pass-through, bulky items have no problem being transported. Roof carrier systems are easily installed thanks to standard anchor points at all four corners. And four selectable drive modes – eco, comfort, sport, and individual – combine with 4MATIC all-wheel drive to offered a tailored driving experience in all road conditions.

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Comfort

Inside, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4MATIC offers a truly unique ambiance. Thanks to standard power front seats with three-position memory and adjustable thigh support, comfort is always at the forefront. Premium surfaces abound, while extensive sound insulation keeps the cabin isolated from road noise and imperfections. There’s an optional panoramic moonroof, too, for those who desire an even more open and airy feel. Plus, for 2017, the CLA’s large infotainment system display is available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. In the 2017 Audi A3 Quattro, an emphasis was placed on simplicity and starkness versus luxury and elegance. For a tailored feel, nothing matches a crafted Mercedes-Benz interior.

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Economy and Safety

The CLA’s engine and transmission combination yields an impressive 23/32 city/highway MPG rating. The 2017 Audi A3 Quattro returns a 24/31 MPG rating, respectively. At its introduction in 2014, the CLA received a perfect five-star rating with top honors from the Euro NCAP testing standard. Every CLA comes standard with a number of safety systems such as collision prevention assist, attention assist, adaptive braking technology, daytime running lamps, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Value

With nearly identical starting prices ($34,400 for the 2017 CLA 250 4MATIC; $34,200 for the 2017 A3 Quattro), the choice seems to be within the eye of the beholder. But factor in Mercedes-Benz of Farmington’s complimentary two-year scheduled maintenance plan on every new, in-stock 2017 CLA and C Class model (through 12/31/16), complimentary service vehicle pick-up and delivery, modern facility, and proximity to Layton, Logan, Ogden, and even Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Jackson, and more, the value proposition becomes simply unmatched.

 

Feature 2017 Mercedes CLA 250 4MATIC 2017 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro
Starting MSRP $34,400 $34,200
“Base” Engine 2.0L I4 Turbo; 208 HP; 258 lb-ft 2.0L I4 Turbo; 220 HP; 258 lb-ft
Optional Engine 2.0L I4 Turbo; 375 HP; 350 lb-ft (CLA 45) 2.0L I4 Turbo; 292 HP; 280 lb-ft (S3)
0-60 MPH As fast as 4.1 sec. (CLA 45) As fast as 4.7 sec. (S3)
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic Six-speed dual-clutch automatic
Drivetrain 4MATIC all-wheel drive Quattro all-wheel drive
Fuel Capacity (grade) 14.8 gallons (premium) 13.2 gallons (premium)
City/Highway MPG Up to 23/32 city/highway Up to 24/31 city/highway
Front Legroom 40.2 inches 41.2 inches
Front Headroom 38.2 inches 39.6 inches
2nd Row Legroom 27.1 inches 35.1 inches
2nd Row Headroom 35.4 inches 36.4 inches
Seats/Doors 5 seats/4 doors 5 seats/4 doors
Vehicle Length 182.3 inches 175.5 inches
Vehicle Width 80.0 inches (w/mirrors) 70.7 inches (w/o mirrors)
Cargo Volume 13.1 cubic feet 12.3 cubic feet
Coefficient of Drag 0.23 Cd 0.30 Cd
Curb Weight 3,395 lbs 3,197 lbs
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