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2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs. Acura ILX vs Audi A3 vs BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Mercedes-Benz vs Volvo Comparison – Mercedes-Benz of Easton

Compact luxury sedans offer drivers a compelling combination of prestige, comfort, style, and cutting-edge technology to help you make the most of every mile. Although the segment is quite crowded with an extensive list of competitors, Mercedes-Benz of Easton wants to help you make a more informed decision if you’re in the market for a compact luxury sedan. Our team has assembled this competitive comparison in which the sleek Mercedes-Benz CLA goes up against the Acura ILX, Audi A3, and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Once you see the results, you’ll understand why more and more drivers continue to choose Mercedes-Benz over the competition.



Mercedes-Benz CLA vs Acura ILX

Mercedes-Benz CLA
Acura ILX
2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 VS 2021 Acura ILX w/ Technology & A-Spec
Packages
221 HP / 258 LB-FT Horsepower / Torque 201 HP / 180 LB-FT
25 / 35 / 29 ✓ MPG (city/hwy/combined) 24 / 34 / 28
Panoramic 1st/2nd Row ✓ Power Sunroof 1st Row
Standard, Smart Device ✓ Remote Start System Not Available
Power 10-Way / Power 10-Way ✓ Driver/Passenger Seat Adjustments Power 8-Way / Power 4-Way
40/40/20 ✓ Rear Seat Split Full
63.5 / 63.1 inches ✓ Front / Rear Track 59.4 / 60.2 inches
18.1 feet ✓ Turning Radius 18.4 feet

The first challenger to go up against the Mercedes-Benz CLA is the Acura ILX. Looking at performance figures, the CLA is the obvious choice with both greater horsepower and torque. Thinking this extra power means sacrificing on fuel economy? Think again! Across all three MPG measurements, the CLA is the better option.

In terms of premium amenities, the Mercedes-Benz continues to shine. Choosing the CLA 250 means that you’ll enjoy a panoramic sunroof, remote start system, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. While the ILX lacks any rear seat split, the rear seat of the CLA is split 40/40/20 for extra versatility. Finally, the CLA proves to be the more engaging model to drive thanks to a wider front and rear track combined with a shorter turning radius. Clearly, the Acura ILX is no match for the Mercedes-Benz CLA.


Mercedes-Benz CLA vs Audi A3

Mercedes-Benz CLA
Audi A3
2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 VS 2020 Audi A3 2.0T Premium
221 HP / 258 LB-FT ✓ Horsepower / Torque 184 HP / 221 LB-FT
Panoramic 1st/2nd Row ✓ Power Sunroof 1st Row
Standard, Smart Device ✓ Remote Start System Not Available
Standard, Smart Device ✓ Remote Start System Not Available
Power 10-Way / Power 10-Way ✓ Driver/Passenger Seat Adjustments Power 8-Way / Manual 6-Way
Standard, MBUX ✓ Voice-Activated Audio Controls & Air Conditioning Not Available
Standard, ECall Emergency System integrated ✓ Emergency SOS Alert System Not Available
Standard ✓ Blind Spot Monitoring System Not Available
41.8 inches / 38.5 inches ✓ Front Legroom / Headroom 41.2 inches / 36.5 inches

In our second matchup, we’ll see exactly how the Audi A3 measures up against the Mercedes-Benz CLA. As we saw in the prior matchup, driving enthusiasts who crave maximum performance should choose the CLA over the A3. Across both horsepower and torque measurements, the CLA is the better choice.

Luxurious standard features included on the CLA 250 are a power panoramic sunroof, remote start system, and voice-activated controls via the revolutionary MBUX infotainment system. Each of these great features is not available on any trim level of the Audi A3. While both the driver and front passenger of the CLA enjoy power 10-way adjustable seating options, the A3 laughably offers manual adjustments for the front passenger seat. What luxury brand would make you settle for such a basic feature? Certainly not Mercedes-Benz.

Safety is yet another core strength of the Mercedes-Benz CLA thanks to a standard emergency SOS alert system and helpful blind spot monitoring. Yet again, you’ll have to do without these potentially life-saving features by choosing the Audi A3. Finally, the Mercedes-Benz CLA is more spacious for front-seat occupants thanks to greater headroom and legroom compared to the cramped Audi A3.


Mercedes-Benz CLA vs BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Mercedes-Benz CLA
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 VS 2021 BMW 228 Gran Coupe i xDrive
$37,850 MSRP $37,700
25 / 35 / 29 ✓ MPG (city/hwy/combined) 23 / 33 / 27
3,362 lbs ✓ Curb Weight 3,534 lbs
63.5 / 63.1 inches ✓ Front / Rear Track 61.5 / 61.5 inches
18 inches ✓ Wheel Size 17 inches
Panoramic 1st/2nd Row ✓ Power Sunroof Optional
Standard, 4-Way (Driver & Passenger) ✓ Front Lumbar Support Optional
Driver & Passenger ✓ Front Seat Memory Driver
41.8 inches / 38.5 inches ✓ Front Legroom / Headroom 41.4 inches / 38.2 inches

Last but certainly not least, the Mercedes-Benz CLA goes up against the rival BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Although the 2 Series Gran Coupe was only just recently introduced, it’s still no match for the CLA. Although they share virtually the same starting price, you’ll be forced into choosing an AWD model of the BMW. Mercedes-Benz gives you the flexibility of choosing the legendary 4MATIC AWD system as an option if you desire. Otherwise in base trim levels, the CLA delivers far greater fuel efficiency, more engaging handling due to a lower curb weight and wider track, and more style thanks to standard 18-inch alloy wheels.

Shifting focus towards the interiors, the CLA comes standard with a power panoramic sunroof that stretches across both the front and rear rows of seating. You’ll have to shell out additional cash in order to receive a sunroof on the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Similarly, both the driver and front passenger will enjoy power 4-way lumbar support and memory functions in order to customize their comfort preferences. BMW owners will either have to pay extra or settle for less. Finally, the CLA offers greater front headroom and legroom compared to the 2 Series Gran Coupe.


Winner – Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes-Benz CLA

Now that we’ve counted the results, it’s obvious that the best choice among this group of compact luxury sedans is the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The competition from Acura, Audi, and BMW are simply no match for the premium standard features, performance, efficiency, safety, value, and comfort found across the CLA lineup. Ready to experience all that the CLA has to offer? Our team of product specialists at Mercedes-Benz of Easton is standing by to help you choose the model that’s perfectly suited to your driving preferences.


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