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Subcompact luxury cars make an impressive value proposition. For the same price or less than a fully-loaded sedan from a mainstream brand, you can step up to something like the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class! It gives you a thrilling driving experience behind the wheel that ordinary sedans can't match, while you enjoy a more comfortable and more advanced interior, too. Rivals in this segment include the 2020 Audi A3 -- but when you compare them side by side, as we've done below, you'll see that the Mercedes-Benz is a better choice. Find out more from the experts at Mercedes-Benz of Temecula.
On the outside, the littlest Mercedes-Benz models still enjoys the same modern technology and features as its bigger brothers, such as LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof. On the 2020 Audi A3, standard Xenon headlights aren't as crisp or clear as LED headlights, which will cost you more as an upgrade on the Audi. And while both cars claim to have a "panoramic sunroof" as standard, to our eyes, the 2020 Audi A3 enjoys a pretty typical sunroof with a slightly larger aperture over the front seats. The panoramic sunroof on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class features a power sunshade and a huge opening that extends to the rear seats for an open-air driving experience without a true convertible top.
Both these vehicles come standard with a touchscreen multimedia system and the latest smartphone features, such as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. They also share the comfort and convenience essentials you expect from a premium car, like keyless entry, power front seats. However, you can unlock the doors, start the engine and more on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class using your smartphone. Audi has similar technology, but it's not available on the Audi A3 at all.
What's more, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class offers optional features that you won't find on any Audi A3, such as an available head-up display, NFC smartphone connectivity and ventilated front seats -- a particularly desirable feature here in Southern California!
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class develops a bit more horsepower and identical torque to its Audi rival at the entry level, but there's a lot more to performance than mere power. With standard paddle shifters, you can more easily select your desired gear in the A-Class. That's a feature that'll cost extra on the Audi A3. Standard Torque Vectoring Brake technology helps the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hit every apex perfectly, engaging the inside brake when cornering for faster turn-in and reduced understeer. And with an available adaptive suspension as well as DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class can soften up over rough pavement, then hunker down for more nimble handling at the track. An adaptive suspension isn't available on the 2020 Audi A3 at all.
When it comes to the basics of safety you demand from every modern car, like a complete suite of airbags, traction control and more, these cars are both well-equipped. It's when you take a closer look at the driver assist technologies that you see where the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class pulls ahead. It comes standard with ATTENTION ASSIST® which monitors the driver's attention, and can alert you if the driver appears distracted or drowsy. The Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Service can make an SOS call for help, and send your current GPS location to the authorities, if the airbags are deployed. Automatic SOS call and driver attention monitor are unavailable on the 2020 Audi A3.
With a starting MSRP of $32,800, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is also the most affordable new Mercedes-Benz sedan! It's even a bit more affordable than the 2020 Audi A3. Yet it gives you so much more at the entry level. Plus, it's got some available options that make it the most advanced car in the subcompact sedan segment. So skip the Audi and head to Mercedes-Benz of Temecula to take your test drive, meet our team and find the perfect new A-Class for you.
|2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class||2020 Audi A3|
|221||Standard Torque (lb-ft)||221|
|Standard||Transmission Paddle Shifters||Available Upgrade|
|Available Upgrade||All-Wheel Drive||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||Illuminated Entry Lighting||Not Available|
|Standard||Power Front Seats w/ Position Memory||Not Available|
|Standard||Emergency SOS Call Service||Not Available|
|Standard||Driver Attention Monitor||Not Available|
|2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class|
|2020 Audi A3|
|Standard Torque (lb-ft)|
|Transmission Paddle Shifters|
|Illuminated Entry Lighting|
|Power Front Seats w/ Position Memory|
|Emergency SOS Call Service|
|Driver Attention Monitor|
*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.