2019 Audi S3 vs. 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

Audi is a top-notch brand known for its luxurious vehicles. While it is expected that their cars come in high price tags, it is comforting to know that they have an "entry-level" model, the S series. The 2019 Audi S3, in particular, is a high performing car that is a little bit comparable to the Audi A series but not as expensive.

To have an idea about how it performs, here is a comprehensive comparison between the latest Audi S3 and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.

Design & Style

For it's the design, the Audi S3 is compact. It is an ideal choice if you want to have a premium-looking car from a premium brand but do not really need to have a full-sized sedan. Standard features for the Premium trim include LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, and leather upholstery. The interior is designed similarly to the A3 but with a sportier vibe.

For the 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA 5, the styling is coup-like. It is a subcompact luxury car but the low-grade interior trim is apparent. It also has a sporty cabin styling and a choice between black/red or black/silver design trims.

Technology & Safety

The Audi S3 is equipped with the MMI system like the high-end Audi models. There is a retractable center screen that serves as an intuitive control for the infotainment system. It also comes with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and power-folding exterior mirrors.

The infotainment system of the AMG CLA 45 revolves around the hands-free Bluetooth interface central controller. There is an in-dash SD card reader as well as a USB audio port for the sound system. Standard safety features include active brake assist, blind-spot monitoring, and the antitheft alarm system among others.


The S3 has a great combination of a fantastic engine and a reliable chassis. With the 2.0 liter 292 hp engine, it can sprint from 0-60 mph at merely 4.6 seconds. The four-cylinder engine delivers a smooth ride, sharp steering, and powerful brakes. The sticky tires and stiff suspension glues the car on the road. Even without the abundance of cushioning, the suspension is adjustable so the driver will still feel comfortable with every ride.  

The Mercedes counterpart has a standard 2.0 liter engine that is turbocharged to deliver 375 horsepower. Although with more power than the Audi S3, the AMG CLA 45 is surprisingly a hit-and-miss with a turbulent ride and a noticeable transmission lag.

The Bottom Line

For its price, the 2019 Audi S3 is a nice gateway into a prestigious brand like Audi. It gives the driver a taste of the luxurious features of the mainstream models but without paying a higher price. Given its impressive performing engine and an upscale design and style, anyone will be very happy to own such an expensive-looking vehicle.

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If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2019 Audi S3 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 a 2019 Audi S3 test drive appointment.



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