2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs. 2018 Audi A3: Head to Head

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs. 2018 Audi A3
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CLA vs. A3: Which Luxury Small Car Should You Buy?

The Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 are the automakers’ entry-level vehicles and two of the least expensive options in our luxury small car rankings.

The A3 was completely redesigned in 2015. It has received a number of updates since then, including additional safety features, an improved infotainment system, and new powertrains.

The CLA was all-new for the 2014 model year and hasn’t been fully redesigned since. However, Mercedes has updated its exterior styling and infotainment display; added standard features, packages, and options; and re-tuned its suspension.

Using U.S. News scores, we’ve put the CLA and A3 head to head in the categories that luxury small car buyers care about most. We update U.S. News scores regularly as new expert reviews and data become available, so the scores in this slideshow may not match the scores in our rankings.

Read through the following slides to learn which luxury small car you should buy.

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