Entry-level, as the term suggests, is just that, the most basic offering. But when we’re talking Mercedes and Audi, an entry-level A3 or CLA-Class is miles away from their less expensive entry-level peers. Comparisons abound between the two but there are some stark differences to consider.
Both the A3 and CLA-Class are built on front-wheel drive architectures, feature very strong turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder engines, and have surprisingly similar transmissions (from a layout and design point of view). In a nutshell, performance is quite comparable, but it’s the differences that
The ride – score this for the CLA. Less cabin noise, but it should be noted that the A3 handles a bit better. Infotainment – point for the A3. Both count on tremendous connectivity and feature-packed entertainment systems, but the A3 MMI system for example is undoubtedly superior to the CLA. Yet, besides the MMI, the A3 really doesn’t wow you with any additional features or [...]