2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Vs. 2019 Audi A3

Small cars that go above and beyond on performance and luxury are uncommon. This is not without reason as nailing these seemingly competing demands is not something every manufacturer is equipped to do. Balancing high-octane performance, a comfortable (read: heavy) interior and packaging it all in a small vehicle requires the utmost in engineering. It requires German engineering.

As the hallmark model of this segment, the Mercedes-Benz CLA is proof that the impossible can be done with some incredible engineering and design acumen behind it. Today, we’re comparing the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe to the 2019 Audi A3 to see which model manages to better execute this unique combination of sport, extravagance and agility.

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA


2019 Audi A3

2.0-liter turbo (208 horsepower)

Standard engine (horsepower) 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (184 horsepower)

30 combined MPG

Standard fuel efficiency 29 combined MPG
106.3 inches Wheelbase 103.8 inches
13.1 cubic feet Trunk space 10 cubic feet
Yes - standard Passenger lumbar support No


CLA Coupe Comes Out Ahead of Value-Driven A3 in Head-to-Head Matchup

Although you’ll find pricing similar between the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe and 2019 Audi A3, you’ll notice that the similarities end there.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe provides a larger and more robust standard engine that also does a better job on gas. The longer wheelbase of the coupe means that the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA enjoys a smoother ride. Finally, your journeys are better equipped with the extra cargo volume you’ll find the trunk of the sleek and stylish 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA.

Other luxury additions you’ll find in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA include lumbar support for both driver and passenger, 10-way power seat adjustment for both driver and passenger (8-way for driver and 6-way for passenger in the 2019 Audi A3) and a luxurious connected infotainment experience. </p><p>

With the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA embodying everything that has made Mercedes-Benz synonymous with luxury, performance and style, and taking these qualities to the small coupe class, you must experience it in person. Contact us today to schedule a test drive!