We’ve discussed the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and the Audi A3 quite a bit this week. Both models are a game changer for their respective brands as an entry-level luxury sedan with both carrying a starting price tag of $29,900. The team at SpeedList decided to take a deeper look at the two models and put them head-to-head in this week’s Face-off-Friday.

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class ($29,900):

  • Engine: 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo
  • Performance: 208-hp at 5,500 rpm
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • 0-60mph: 6.9 seconds
  • MPG: 26 city / 38 hwy

Audi A3: Unlike the Mercedes-Benz CLA250, the Audi A3 is available in two trim-levels including the 1.8 TFSI and the 2.0 TFSI. The 1.8 TFSI starts at $29,900 while the 2.0 TFSI starts at $32,900.

Audi A3 1.8 TFSI:

  • Engine: 1.8 liter 4-cylinder turbo
  • Performance: 170-hp at 4,500-6,200 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch S-tronic automatic
  • 0-60mph: 7.2 seconds
  • MPG: TBA

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI:

  • Engine: 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo
  • Performance: 220-hp at 4,500-6,200 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch S-tronic automatic
  • 0-60mph: 5.8 seconds
  • MPG: TBA

As you can see from the specs, the Mercedes-Benz CLA offers just one trim-level, the CLA250, with 208-hp for a starting price of $29,900. On the other hand, the Audi A3 1.8 TFSI is less powerful at 170-hp with a starting price tag of $29,900. If you want to come close to the CLA250 you will have to opt for the $32,900 2.0 TFSI A3. Interesting packaging and pricing but at the end of the day the choice is yours.

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