2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Audi Q3 Comparison in Temecula, CA

Discover Some Differences Between the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA & Audi Q3

At Mercedes-Benz of Temecula, we're proud and honored to represent the world's defining luxury automotive brand with unparalleled dedication to our customers and clients. Of course, upgrading to a new luxury vehicle is an important decision, so it makes sense to know just what you're getting for your money. Audi is another well-recognized German luxury brand and a good scale with which to measure the value of a new Mercedes-Benz. Below, we compare the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA and the 2021 Audi Q3. Once you have a preview of what to expect from a new Mercedes-Benz, come experience it at our dealership serving customers from Fallbrook, Deluz, and beyond.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA with doors and rear hatch open

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Audi Q3 Features & Comfort

As you approach these luxury crossover SUVs, you may notice that they share many of the features you might expect from this segment today. These include aluminum roof rails, panorama power roof, alloy wheels, and LED lighting. The Mercedes-Benz GLA has a slightly longer wheelbase and overall length which provides a bit more confidence to its curb appeal, but wait until you step inside.

That's where you'll find advanced MB-Tex upholstery that provides a look and feel that's similar to the leather found inside the Audi Q3. However, you'll find that the Mercedes-Benz upholstery is easier to clean and lasts longer than standard leather. When you stop by to see it for yourself, ask us about available Mercedes-Benz GLA features like 64-color LED ambient lighting with illuminated vents, adjustable rear seats, and multicontour front seats.


Driver's area of new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Audi Q3 Size & Convenience

Part of upgrading to a new luxury crossover SUV is the additional space it provides compared to a more traditional sedan. You will find similar room behind the rear seats of the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3. However, fold the rear seats flat in both models, and you'll find that the GLA provides noticeably more max cargo room. Additionally, you and your passengers are sure to enjoy the greater overall passenger space inside an all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA.

While the space and comfort are sure to make your journey around Southern California and beyond more enjoyable, we think you'll agree that the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) is where the latest redesign of the new GLA luxury crossover stands well apart from its Audi counterpart. It's more than a multimedia system with digital gauges and center touch display. It's an entire experience with a touchpad controller conveniently at your fingertips, Voice Control with Natural Language Understanding, and steering-wheel Touch Control Buttons. All told, it adds up to an experience that Audi still falls short of.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Audi Q3 Performance Comparison

The difference in performance between the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3 is clear even before you step behind the wheel. At the start of the lineup, the redesigned GLA is equipped with a turbocharged engine that pushes 221 horsepower to the wheels through the impressive 8G-DCT 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It's enough for the entry-level model to carry you from 0-60 MPH in just 6.8 seconds. It all comes together for a driving experience that excels well beyond the standard 184 horsepower from the new Audi Q3 that takes it from 0-60 MPH in 8.6 seconds. Of course, there's a lot more to performance than power alone.

That's why the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA is standardly equipped with an ECO-START® system that helps it get up to 34 MPG. The much less powerful 2021 Audi Q3 only manages up to an estimated 30 MPG. Other performance advantages for the new Mercedes-Benz GLA include a multimode drive program selector, torque vectoring brake, and more. Ask us about available features like adjustable suspension with Adaptive Damping System.


Red Mercedes-Benz GLA parked under a tree

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Audi Q3 Safety

If you're familiar with Mercedes-Benz, then you probably already know about their stellar reputation for safety innovation. Comparing the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA to the latest Audi Q3 illustrates the point well. Both luxury crossover SUVs are recognized as safe and they're equipped with modern driver assistance technology like automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and more. However, the new Mercedes-Benz GLA takes your safety a few steps further.

When you upgrade your daily driver to a new GLA, you'll enjoy standard safety features like Blind Spot Assist, Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call service, and automatic brake drying when driving in wet conditions. Enjoy even greater safety when you upgrade with available features like Evasive Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function, and PRE-SAFE PLUS that adds protection in the event of rear-end collisions.

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Luxury Crossover SUV Comparison Summary

Either of these models are a great way to step into the world of luxury SUVs but consider what you get for your money. The new 2021 Audi Q3 may look a little cheaper at the start of its lineup, but you'll enjoy far more comfort, convenience, and advanced features in a new Mercedes-Benz GLA than the price difference suggests. Come see us to learn more at Mercedes-Benz of Temecula where we proudly serve customers from Murrieta, Menifee, and throughout Southern California with a level of service worthy of the Mercedes-Benz Star.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 2021 Audi Q3
$36,230 Starting MSRP* $34,000
50.5 Cubic Feet Max Cargo Capacity 48 Cubic Feet
221 Standard Horsepower 184
6.8 Seconds Standard 0-60 MPH 8.6 Seconds
38 Inches Rear Legroom 36.1 Inches
Standard 3 Position Driver Memory Positions Available Upgrade
Available Adjustable Suspension with Adaptive Damping Not Available
Standard Digital Instrument Cluster Available Upgrade
Standard Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control Standard
34 Highway - 25 City Fuel Economy (MPG) 30 Highway - 22 City
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA
2021 Audi Q3
$36,230
Starting MSRP*
$34,000
50.5 Cubic Feet
Max Cargo Capacity
48 Cubic Feet
221
Standard Horsepower
184
6.8 Seconds
Standard 0-60 MPH
8.6 Seconds
38 Inches
Rear Legroom
36.1 Inches
Standard 3 Position
Driver Memory Positions
Available Upgrade
Available
Adjustable Suspension with Adaptive Damping
Not Available
Standard
Digital Instrument Cluster
Available Upgrade
Standard
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
Standard
34 Highway - 25 City
Fuel Economy (MPG)
30 Highway - 22 City

*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.

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