Mercedes-Benz and Audi are arguably two of the most luxurious auto manufacturers in the world. They are most well-known for their sedans, but as SUVs and crossover vehicles continue to grow in popularity, these two German car companies continue to prove their value with new designs and dynamic driving experiences. When it comes to the GLA and the Q3, they are both great vehicles, but only one can be the best.
A quick lap around the outside will show you that the GLA is slightly longer and has a longer wheelbase despite its status as the smallest SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. The Q3 is a couple inches taller, which will provide you with a little extra head room, but it also means sacrificing handling and efficiency numbers.
|2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 SUV
|2017 Audi Q3 Premium SUV
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|2.0L I4 Turbo
Mercedes-Benz Dual Clutch Transmission
Both of these cars will provide you with a decade of satisfaction, but when you dig deeper into the details, there are a lot of reason to go with the Mercedes-Benz over the Audi. First, the GLA offers more horsepower and more torque for roughly the same MSRP. It is also lighter than the Q3, making it more efficient and faster overall.
To help put this power to the ground, the Mercedes-Benz GLA features a dual-clutch 7-speed transmission. These types of transmissions are usually reserved for supercars, but the GLA wears it well. The Audi Q3 has an old-fashioned six-speed transmission and does not come with as many extra options as the Mercedes-Benz. If you have any questions about why your next compact SUV should be the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA, come see us today for a test drive!