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2015 Audi Q3 vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class

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2015 Audi Q3 Specs
MSRP: $32,500
Engine: 2.0L I-4
HP: 200
Torque: 207 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 7.8 seconds
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway / 23 mpg combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.9 gallons
Length: 172.6 inches
Width: 62 inches

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
MSRP: $31,300
Engine: 2.0L I-4
HP: 208
Torque: 258 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 6.4 seconds
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city / 35 mpg highway / 29 mpg combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.8 gallons
Length: 173.9 inches
Width: 61 inches

The 2015 Audi Q3 and the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA match up wuite well against one another. To begin with the engines and performance figures, both vehicles run on base 2.L I-4s. Horsepower figures are almost identical, but the GLA wins out when it comes to torque giving it a bit of an edge when it comes to acceleration. On fuel economy the GLA also takes a good lead when compared to the Q3 with a full 6 mpg of extra efficiency in combined fuel economy. The GLA may be more fun to drive in the end, and more efficient. The GLA also has a manual option that the Q3 does not.

Both vehicles are a bit short on cargo space, but that is to be expected from vehicles of this size. The Audi Q3 may come at a slightly steeper price than the Mercedes-Benz GLA, but that is partly because the Audi Q3 comes with an impressive array of standard features, like HID headlamps, LED taillamps, heated power leather seats, and a panoramic sunroof. In comparison, the GLA makes customers pay for many options, which can add up awfully quickly.

When it comes to styling, both cars look great, it is just a matter of personal preference. The Audi has slightly more conservative looks, while the GLA has a few more curves. Again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder on this count.

What do you guys think of the Q3 compared to the GLA?
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You know the X1 actually drives fantastic for this segement. IIRC it still has its roots in the old E46 chassis.

As for Q3 vs GLA:

Unlike its rivals at BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Audi does not penalize owners of its less expensive models with downmarket interiors. So even though the Q3 Quattro costs less than the GLA 250 4MATIC, the interior makes its owner feel like they paid more.
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