2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs 2018 Audi A3

Things can get pretty hectic when the big boys come to play. However, if you don’t sense the storm that’s brewing when the little guys go head to head, take another look outside. Mercedes-Benz and Audi have brought their best with their compact luxury cars, and you know things can get pretty heated in these matchups. See the luxury that spews from each as we compare the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs 2018 Audi A3.

Performance is the major difference between these two. The CLA 250 packs 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque into its 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, which is more than the A3 which gets 186 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. If performance is at the forefront of your priorities, wave bye-bye as you fly by in the CLA 250.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs 2018 Audi A3 Sedan 2.0T Premium
$32,700 MSRP $31,950
24 city/37 hwy mpg Fuel Efficiency 26 city/35 hwy mpg
7 Speed Automatic Transmission 7 Speed Automatic
208 Horsepower 186
258 lb-ft Torque 221 lb-ft
6.9 seconds 0 to 60 time Not Available
FWD Drivetrain FWD
8 Number of Airbags 7
Standard PRESAFE® Not Available
DISTRONIC PLUS® (Optional) Intelligent Cruise Control Not Available
8 inches Entertainment Screen Size 7 inches
Standard Keyless Start Standard


As previously mentioned, the CLA 250 outweighs the A3 in performance. This doesn’t just apply to the engine power, though. The 2018 CLA 250 comes standard with DYNAMIC SELECT, a feature that adjusts the engine driving style to the terrain or to your preference with five modes that give you a more customizable driving experience. Those modes include:

  • ECO: Eases up throttle and chassis to increase fuel efficiency

  • Sport: Sharpens the throttle and chassis for a sportier drive and quicker response

  • Sport+: Same as Sport, but with even more power

  • Comfort: Default mode; provides some of the benefits of each without too much of one mode

  • Individual: This mode allows you to customize it to your specific preference, allowing you to pick and choose different engine responses to get as much of each feature as you like

Interested in owning the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250? We have these cars available right here at Mercedes-Benz of Indianapolis. Stop by today and see if we can match you up with the affordable compact luxury sedan you’ve been looking for!

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 exterior
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4MATIC paddle shifters
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 seating
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 steering wheel

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