2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs. 2018 Audi A3

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250vs. 2018 Audi A3

Vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3 make it possible for drivers to dip their toes into the luxury segment at a reasonable price. The 2018 Audi A3 2.0T offers eye-opening features, such as:

  • 186-hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder
  • 221 lb-ft of torque
  • 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional emergency telematics

Meanwhile, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 stands apart with:

  • 208-hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder
  • 258 lb-ft of torque
  • 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard emergency telematics

We’ve put together the following comparison to help drivers in Murrieta and Menifee choose between two of the industry’s best entry-level luxury cars.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 VS 2018 Audi A3
208 hp Horsepower 186
258 lb-ft Torque 221 lb-ft
Standard Drive Selectable Modes Optional
Standard Front-Seat Memory Settings Feature Not Offered
Standard Emergency Telematics Optional

Power & Driving Dynamics

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and 2018 Audi A3 are both motivated by a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine and a 7-speed automatic transmission. At the base level, the A3 produces 186 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the CLA 250 dishes out more power at 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Selectable drive modes are optional for the A3 (Audi drive select), while the CLA 250 comes standard with DYNAMIC SELECT®. This multi-mode drive program puts you in control of ECO, Comfort, Sport, and Individual modes, ensuring no two journeys are exactly alike.

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Comfort Features

Features inside the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and Audi A3 are anything but scarce. Both of these premium five-seaters include a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, power lumbar support for the driver, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a CD player, as well as optional navigation and heated front seats. Still, the CLA 250 pushes comfort and convenience further with features that are not available for the base Audi A3, including:

  • Memory Settings: The front seats’ memory system stores up to three seating positions, while the driver can save positions for the side mirrors.
  • Suspension Options: Choose between a Comfort- or Sport-tuned suspension to get the ride quality you want on San Diego roads.
  • Optional Genuine Wood Trim: Add richness to the interior with a Matte Black Ash or Burl Walnut wood trim.

Safety Technology

On the safety front, the new CLA and A3 excel. Both are offered with a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, as well as a rearview camera. Even so, the CLA 250 is more advanced. For starters, it includes standard telematics (mbrace® Connect) with remote access, emergency SOS, and vehicle tracking. The Audi A3 requires an upgrade for those services. Additionally, the CLA 250 offers an exclusive driver attention monitor—ATTENTION ASSIST®—that notifies drivers when it’s time to rest during long trips.

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Find Your Next Luxury Vehicle Near Los Angeles!

On the road, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 offers a more engaging driving experience than the 2018 Audi A3, as well as greater peace of mind. To find your new Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, contact Mercedes-Benz of Temecula, or visit us near Escondido at 40910 Temecula Center Drive in Temecula, CA. Our doors and phone lines are open every day of the week! Also, if you’re curious, compare the all-new 2019 CLA 250 to its competitiors, like the BMW 2-Series!

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