|2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV||VS||2016 Audi Q3 Premium Plus|
|2.0L Turbo I4||Engine||2.0L TFSI Turbo I4|
|208 HP||Horsepower||200 HP|
|25/35 MPG City/Hwy||Efficiency||20/29 MPG City/Hwy|
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3 fall under the category of crossover SUVs. Even in this fairly new category, German engineering is held to the highest standards in the automotive industry. Because of this, for every Mercedes-Benz or Audi, you will find a competitor from the other brand with almost identical specifications. For the Mercedes-Benz GLA, that competitor is the Audi Q3. They are both extremely similar vehicles, but when you dig a little deeper, you will find that the GLA is superior in almost every way.
The curvature and ventilation of both models represent their respective brands very well, but they still look very similar all the way around. Their exterior and interior measurements mirror each other and they both come with a 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder engine. To the untrained eye, it appears that the choice is arbitrary, but leave it to Mercedes-Benz to make more with less.
The Q3 and the GLA come with the same engine displacement and they are both equipped with a turbocharger. You might think this means they have the same amount of power but that isn't the case. The GLA has 8 more horsepower and more than 50 lb-ft of torque than the Q3, offering more high-end performance and low-end throttle response. When you combine this with the fact that the Mercedes-Benz GLA is lighter and comes with an extra gear in the transmission, you get a faster 0-60 time a more engaging driving experience! When it comes to efficiency, the Audi still can't compete in the city or on the highway.
As the incongruences grow through the roof, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA is the obvious choice over the 2016 Audi Q3. It is cheaper, faster, and more efficient than its direct competitor and it is available right now at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale! If you have any questions regarding this comparison or either model specifically, contact us today at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale!