2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2016 Audi Q3

A compact luxury SUV is an ideal combination of power, interior grace, and premium capability. In this 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2016 Audi Q3 comparison, we are going to look a couple of the most elegant and attractive options in this segment. Both of these models offer interior seating for up to five passengers and premium interior materials. A quiet ride and top technology features are another hallmark of these luxury brands. Both of these SUVs are available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA and the 2016 Audi Q3 each come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but they show big differences when it comes to engine output. The Mercedes-Benz (even before you get into the performance optimized AMG model) offers 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is impressive compared to the 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque available on the 2016 Audi Q3. This means that the Mercedes-Benz model delivers impressive acceleration, and a more engaging driving experience.

View Our Inventory


2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA VS 2016 Audi Q3
$34,500 Starting MSRP $35,800
24/32 mpg Mileage (city/highway) 20/28 mpg
208 hp, 258 lb-ft Engine Output 200 hp, 207 lb-ft
Mercedes-Benz COMAND Infotainment Audi MMI

Technology Advantages of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Of course engine output isn't the only place where the Mercedes-Benz SUV excels in this 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2016 Audi Q3 comparison. It also shines when it comes to fuel efficiency. The comparison numbers we have in the chart list what these models offer with their respective all-wheel drive systems, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA with front-wheel drive can offer up to 25 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway. That means greener driving and less stopping to fill up whether drivers are going on a cross country adventure or just traveling on the daily commute.

Even when we look beyond sheer power, the 2016 Audi Q3 has some severe drawbacks in this modern age. The infotainment system offers Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, but the digital music interface is unique to Audi luxury vehicles and will not work with a normal USB interface. This can make listening to personal music much more difficult. On the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz SUV offers a USB audio input as well as Bluetooth, and it also offers smartphone connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA features comfortable and intuitive controls throughout.

For more information on this comparison or the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA, contact a sales representative at Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City today.

luxurious interior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA
grey 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA on a country road
steering wheel of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA
side view of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA