2017 Audi Q3 vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA

SUVs are quite popular in the country owing to their flexibility and spaciousness. Most car enthusiasts also seek a high degree of luxury from these vehicles. German marques are well known to provide very good build quality in addition to high levels of luxury. When shipping for a luxurious SUV, the 2017 Audi Q3 and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA would definitely be contenders. The 2017 Audi Q3 definitely has more to offer than the Mercedes, and these are some of the reasons why.

Design & Style

The 2017 Audi Q3 has a slightly shorter wheelbase compared to the Mercedes. In keeping with current Audi design philosophy, the Q3 has a very fresh and crisp look thanks to the use of straight lines and minimal detailing. The GLA, on the other hand, seems to have been over-designed when put alongside the 2017 Audi Q3. The body has far too much styling, which makes it look messier than the Audi.

The interiors of both vehicles are impressive in terms of materials used and the quality of the workmanship. Everything feels solid and of premium quality. The 2017 Audi Q3 beats the Mercedes in this domain by offering more space for occupants and cargo, despite having a shorter wheelbase. The Audi also seems well organized, with all the instruments placed with ergonomics in mind. This has created an interior that is not only clean and uncluttered, but also very easy to use.  

Technology & Safety

Traction control, ABS, multiple airbags, and stability control are standard safety features in the Mercedes. Tech amenities include Bluetooth, a premium audio system, keyless entry and self-latching doors. The 2017 Audi Q3 easily tops this with more standard equipment including a tire pressure monitor, outside temperature gauge, a trip computer, fade-to-off customizable interior lighting, front and rear map lights, a full cloth headliner, air conditioning with HEPA-style filters, child safety locks, side impact beams and an airbag occupancy sensor.


Both vehicles ship with 2-cylinder inline-4 engines with a front wheel drive drivetrain. The Mercedes-Benz has a 7-speed automatic transmission and the engine generates 208 horsepower, while the Audi has a 6-speed automatic with a drivetrain that generates 200 horsepower. In real-life testing, the 2017 Audi Q3 feels more nimble and agile compared to the Mercedes. Features such as a shorter wheelbase and a tighter turning circle makes the Audi easier to maneuver in tight spaces, such as when parking.

The Bottom Line

From any perspective, the 2017 Audi Q3 is superior to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA, and would therefore be the ideal vehicle for an SUV shopper to get. The build quality is excellent, it provides high levels of luxury and has excellent build quality to boot.

Ready to Schedule an Audi Q3 Test Drive Today?

Classic Audi offers you the opportunity to try out the 2017 Audi Q3 today to experience all that the car has to offer. Located in Eastchester, New York, booking a test drive is as simple as calling us or dropping by at our dealership for the exciting experience.


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