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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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From others that have driven them, I'd be careful on presuming the GLA is more fun to drive - in fact quite the contrary seems to be more true. Also, while specs look great to compare, it IS the drive and touch and feel that counts the most - and in those regards, most folks here have already voted with their purchase.

For me it's NEVER been a comparison - I have yet to drive a Mercedes that gives me the feeling of driving more than merely riding behind a nice steering wheel. But hey, LOTS of folks like that ride. Bully for them and good for me too...
Isn't the Macan quite a bit more expensive than the Q3 or the GLA though?
...and on the SAME platform as the Q5 too, which starts out bigger and more expensive - not apples to apples for THIS segment.
Said it before and i'll say it again, when it comes to this segment it will always be Macan or GLA (but Macan usually tops the GLA) then Q3, still, the Q3 is a great vehicle.
Tomāto tomahto ...but I'll stick with my choice fine, thanks!
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