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Audi A3 is the most affordable sedan in the Audi range, which has been priced most attractively. The A3 is targeted towards the young, who want a premium offering and also not spend much on bigger niche cars; the A3 has already worked well in favour of Audi by posting impressive numbers post launch. To rival the A3, Mercedes-Benz has the CLA-Class, which again sits at the beginning of the portfolio. The CLA-Class is undoubtedly the most gorgeous thing on wheels presently as its design is par excellence. Audi launched the compact and sporty A3 at Rs. 22.95 Lakhs, ex-showroom while Mercedes-Benz launched the CLA-Class at Rs. 31.50 lakh. Both these sedans offer segment rivalling features. The A3 exceeds in performance while the CLA Class takes it ahead in terms of features.
Exterior and Interior Design: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Vs Audi A3
Based on the same platform as the A-Class and B-Class, the design language is an extension of that used on the hatchback only that in CLA the levels have been further raised. Instead of choosing the same straights and squares, the designers opted for a more rebellious theme to enhance its sculpted lines.
Carrying the same face, distinguishing it becomes difficult unless you close in on to the dark meshed radiator grille which has an array of machined black studs. The lower bumper too is different with flowing air scoops. The well sculpted bonnet gives a muscular feel.
The Audi A3 gets Stream lined lights with a well defined multi slats radiator grille. The 40TFSI is offered in Premium Plus only and thus Bi-Xenon headlamps with day time running lights form a part of standard equipment. The longish hood gets creases on its sides to make sure every bit of air is cut properly lowering resistance against it. Front bumper gets wide air scoops with a splitter chiselled underneath.
A wedged line makes the extreme ends of its length meet in unison. The B-pillar along with the quarter panel is neatly blackened, revealing only the upper outline with a more stretched than normal end pillar. The 40TFSI also gets 17-inch five spoke alloys as standard fitment being sportier than other trims.
In terms of features, the CLA-Class offers complex lines on the dashboard paired with the mix of use of aluminium, soft touch leather and soft touch buttons make it feel expensive. The front dashboard, like the A-Class, borrows many elements including the air con vents and instrumental styling from the higher models thus making its customer feel connected with the brand. While the Audi A3 gets a 7” retractable slim infotainment screen. MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. In addition, it also gets automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable front seats and a 20GB jukebox with 2 SD cards.
Performance: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Vs Audi A3
The CLA-Class comes in 2.0L petrol and 2143cc diesel engines. Both engines are meshed with a 7G-DCT transmission. The diesel engine has a power output of 134bhp and a maximum torque of 300Nm. The more fun to drive Audi A3 comes in petrol and diesel trims. The diesel unit makes 143Hp of power and 320Nm of torque and also comes with a 6-speed S-tronic transmission. The powerful petrol engine makes 180Hp of power and 250Nm of torque.
Conclusion: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Vs Audi A3
In favour of Audi A3, the 1.8-litre engine backed by a stellar precise dual clutch box and zesty turbo spitting out 180hp makes it an enthusiast’s choice for sure. The design and styling of the CLA makes it belong to a class of its own.