2018 Audi A3 vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA

Luxury sedans are the cars of dreams when sitting behind prestigious badges. But when faced with the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz CLA which car should you purchase? Auto buyers in Eastchester New York will be faced with this issue, so read our review as we compare both of these German giants. We show you why the Audi will always come out on top.

Design & Style

A few small tweaks have made the A3 look smarter. There are shorter overhangs, the roofline has been rounded, it has a small rear deck and the grille appears more eye-catching. 18-inch alloy wheels really compliment the Audi's looks. Inside the cabin is as expected with an Audi vehicle: outstanding. It both looks and feels luxurious, with its dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery. The seats are 12-way adjustable while you can upgrade to get them heated. Upgrades can get you a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, the MMI infotainment system with Audi Virtual Cockpit.

The Mercedes-Benz is still a classy looking vehicle, with its sleek roofline and large rear taillights, to complement its more pointed nose line. The upholstery is vinyl, and the driver's seat is power adjustable. There are dual-zone climate control and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen. You can upgrade to get a Harmon Kardon audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Technology & Safety

The CLA has the usual safety features and also comes with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and a driver-attention monitor. Other options that will cost you are adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking. The Audi has a Pre Sense Front system fitted, that employs emergency braking. There is a rearview camera too. You can upgrade to get blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist.


The 2018 Audi A3 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that can be coupled with either a 7 or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It drives on an all-wheel system. It pulls 186hp and 221 lb-ft of torque and can hit 96km/h in 6.6 seconds. The Quattro version has 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, hitting 96km/h in 5.8 seconds. The CLA has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, pulling 208 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. It runs on a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The Bottom Line

It is fairly obvious that the Audi A3 is the go-to vehicle when looking at luxury sedans. It looks good, drives well and the interior cabin is second to none. Overall an all-rounder vehicle in its class that offers excellent value for money, without having to purchase an array of upgrades and options.

Ready to Schedule an Audi A3 Test Drive Today?

If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2018 Audi A3 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Classic Audi. We are located in Eastchester New York and proudly serves car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book an Audi A3 test drive appointment.


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