Compare the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA to the 2019 Audi A3

Mercedes-Benz may be an iconic German luxury brand, but it's not without its competition: the 2019 Audi A3 is a strong rival in the subcompact premium segment. Mercedes-Benz places a heavier emphasis on interior comfort and plush materials, while Audi prioritizes genuine quality and sporty performance. If you're looking for a fun-to-drive premium car that starts below $35,000, these two sports cars are some of the most popular options in the area.

Read on below to compare these two top small sports cars. Both have a lot to offer, both can be equipped with AWD, both offer practical and efficient performance options, and both are stunning to look at. Is the new Mercedes-Benz CLA the right fit for you? Or, is the 2019 Audi A3--in sedan or convertible form--the clear winner?

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2019 Audi A3 vs 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA

  • The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA starts at $33,100.
  • The 2019 Audi A3 starts at $32,500--throughout the lineup, the Audi A3 is a better value for your dollar.
  • The 2019 CLA is only available in one body style: four-door compact coupe.
  • The 2019 A3 is available in two distinct and beautiful body styles: four-door sedan and two-door cabriolet.
  • The Mercedes-Benz CLA can only see about 24 mpg in the city.
  • The 2019 Audi A3 can see up to 26 mpg in the city, making it the more efficient option of the two.
  • Both cars come standard with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, but the Mercedes-Benz CLA is slightly more powerful.
  • The Audi A3 offers available quattro all-wheel drive; the Mercedes-Benz CLA offers available 4MATIC® all-wheel drive.
  • The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA comes standard with synthetic pleather upholstery; genuine leather costs even more.
  • The 2019 Audi A3 comes standard with leather seating surfaces; luxury won't ever cost you more when you drive an Audi.