2018 BMW 3 Series vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA: Head to Head

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CLA vs. 3 Series: Which Small German Sports Sedan Is Best for You?

Increasingly competitive and surprisingly refined, the compact luxury car segment is attracting more attention as entrants offer the same layouts and luxuries as their larger counterparts.

Mercedes-Benz launched its CLA “four-door coupe” (basically a sedan with coupe styling) in 2013 as an affordable model to compete with the most popular compact luxury cars on the market, including the BMW 3 Series. The 3 Series has been BMW’s best seller for 40 years.

Using U.S. News scoring from our Best Car Rankings, we will determine which sporty German sedan is the best vehicle overall.

Keep in mind that the scores on our site are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews.

Read the following pages to see how the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA and 2018 BMW 3 Series compare.