|2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA||2015 Audi Q3|
|209 HP||Horsepower||200 HP|
|258 lb.-ft.||Torque||207 lb.-ft.|
|7-Speed Dual-Clutch||Transmission||6-Speed Dual-Clutch|
|FWD, AWD Available||Drive Type||All-Wheel Drive|
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2015 Audi Q3
In the rapidly growing luxury compact crossover segment, drivers are beginning to see a myriad of choices. But as consumers narrow their searches, the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3 are likely to be on the short list of vehicles to consider. While both are relatively new to the segment, the high anticipation surrounding both models is a testament to their quality.
Although both have received their fair share of attention, no two models are created equal. With that in mind, we’ll compare the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2015 Audi Q3 to help you find the choice that best fits your needs in the luxury compact crossover segment.
The Powertrain Battle
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA is fitted with an energetic 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Rated for 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque with rapid-multispark ignition and high-pressure direct injection, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA packs spirited performance that sets the standard in the segment.
Like most of the vehicles in this class, the 2015 Audi Q3 also sports a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, however its horsepower rating (200 HP) falls slightly below that of the GLA. Additionally, the 207 pound-feet torque output of the Q3 is well below that of the Mercedes-Benz GLA.
In addition to the power ratings, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA transmits power through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission while the Audi Q3 sports a six-speed automated manual transmission. Those dual-clutch transmissions include shift paddles for enhanced driver control and the feel of a manual transmission, but with quicker gear changes than true manuals. The extra gear in the GLA allows for better fuel-economy, smoother shifts and enhanced acceleration.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA shares its engine with the incredibly popular CLA-Class, and although fuel-economy figures aren’t yet released, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA is expected to be a segment leader when it comes to efficiency.
Of course, the best way experience the difference between the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2015 Audi Q3 is to do so behind the wheel. Schedule a test drive in the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA at Loeber Motors and be one of the first to own this exciting new crossover.