2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Audi Q3 | Northbrook, IL
Are you looking for the dynamic handling and lively performance of a sedan but still need the dependable capability and spacious interior of an SUV? With so many options available today, finding a luxury vehicle that fits the bill can be difficult. That’s why the experts at Autohaus on Edens have taken two popular luxury SUVs and put them head-to-head: the new 2018 Audi Q3 vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA. Read on to learn which one comes out on top!
For the purposes of this comparison, we’ll take a look at the 2018 Audi Q3 Premium, starting at $32,900 MSRP, and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 SUV, starting at $33,400 MSRP.
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Audi Q3: Performance & Capability
While the 2018 Audi Q3 and 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA both come with 2.0L turbocharged I4 engines, the 2018 GLA outperforms the 2018 Q3, providing a bit more horsepower and substantially more torque. You’ll also prefer the 2018 GLA SUV because of the beloved ECO-START® system, which automatically shuts off the engine at idle situations to save fuel and reduce emissions, and the DYNAMIC SELECT® multimode drive program, which allows you to select from four different drive modes to create a personalized driving experience. Similar features aren’t available on the new 2018 Q3. Key engine and performance specs for these luxury SUVs are as follows:
|2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA||SUV||2018 Audi Q3|
|2.0L inline-4 turbo||Engine||2.0L inline-4 turbo|
|208 HP||Horsepower||200 HP|
|258 lb.-ft.||Torque||207 lb.-ft.|
|7G-DCT 7-speed dual-clutch automatic||Transmission||Six-speed automatic|
|Front-wheel drive||Drivetrain||Front-wheel drive|
|24/33 MPG||Fuel Economy||20/28 MPG|
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Audi Q3: Interior & Exterior
Five passengers can sit comfortably in both the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA interior and 2018 Audi Q3 interior. They also both come with 18-in. wheels and LED daytime running lights, but our specialists agree you’ll appreciate the features of the 2018 GLA much more. Relax during your drive in the 14-way power driver seat with memory when you choose the 2018 GLA. The 2018 Q3 only offers 12-way power front seats with no memory feature. See additional interior and exterior features of the new 2018 GLA SUV below.
- 43.6 cu. ft. of cargo capacity
- 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel
- 4.5-in. color instrument cluster display
- 60/40 split-folding rear seats
- 14-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar support and memory
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- 18-in. 5-spoke wheels
- Iconic grille
- Power liftgate
- Front fog lamps
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers
- Auto-on rear-window wiper
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Audi Q3: Safety & Technology
Even though you’ll find advanced safety systems and technology in both the 2018 GLA and 2018 Q3, our experts believe you’ll prefer the 2018 GLA over the 2018 Q3 because of features not available with the new Q3. The ATTENTION ASSIST® system that comes standard on the new 2018 GLA SUV alerts you with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. A similar feature isn’t available on the new 2018 Q3. Additional safety and technology features of the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV include:
- Active Brake Assist
- Rearview camera
- Brake Assist (BAS®)
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)
- 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS)
- SmartKey with KEYLESS-START®
- Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature
- Remote Start via Mercedes me Mobile App
- 5 years of Mercedes-Benzmbrace® Connect
- Central controller and 8-in. color display
- Hands-free Bluetooth® interface
- HD Radio® receiver
- Prewiring for GARMIN MAP PILOT®
- CD player with MP3 capability
- In-dash SD card reader
- Media interface
Why wait any longer to get behind the wheel of the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV to experience its spirited drive for yourself? Schedule a test drive at our Mercedes-Benz dealership in Northbrook, IL. If you have any questions, give the Autohaus on Edens team a call at (847) 272-7900, or reach out through our contact form.
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