2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA VS 2018 Audi Q3

There’s a class of luxury subcompact SUVs that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the models of both Mercedes-Benz and Audi deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2018 Audi Q3, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2018 Audi Q3. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Audi side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2018 Audi Q3: Performance

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA is agile and handles corners confidently. The GLA 250 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also standard. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The standard GLA has athletic handling and pinpoint steering. The AMG® GLA 45 has a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. This potent GLA variant rockets from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, which makes it one of the fastest SUVs money can buy.

The 2018 Audi Q3’s performance focuses more on comfort and luxury than outright sportiness. There is no general consensus on the Q3’s handling; some reviewers note it lacks feedback and agility, while others praise the responsiveness of the steering and brakes. The standard engine in the 2018 Q3 is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 200 horsepower. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Q3 has underwhelming power and acceleration, especially on the highway, and its powertrain feels outdated. Primary rivals offer stronger engines, and performance from the Q3 is disappointing given its price.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2018 Audi Q3: Feature Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz GLA seats five people. Up front, the seats are supportive and well-sculpted to keep you in place during spirited driving. The front seats are also comfortable enough for long trips, and there’s plenty of space for a taller occupants. Standard 14-way power adjustments make it easy to find a relaxing position.. The GLA comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, driver attention and drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The standard COMMAND® infotainment system has an 8-inch display, HD Radio, *Bluetooth®, and two USB ports. The system features sharp graphics and quick response times. There are plenty of large physical buttons that make it easy to adjust other features. Fit and finish are good, as the GLA feels solid and well put together.

The 2018 Audi Q3 has a mostly attractive interior, with good-quality materials and a sharp design. Seating comfort and space are good, while cargo area is about average for the class. The Q3 seats five on standard leather upholstery, with 12-way power-adjustable front seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive for long drives, while the second row can reasonably accommodate adult passengers. Standard features in the 2018 Q3 include dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors, a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, *Bluetooth®, and a USB port. Unfortunately, the Q3 doesn’t come standard with an infotainment system. Moreover, the available MMI infotainment setup can be hard to use, due to its hard-to-reach controller knob on the dashboard.

*Bluetooth® is a registered mark Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2018 Audi Q3: Overall Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is worth a look for a luxury subcompact SUV. It’s one of the most fun to drive crossovers in the class, with eager corner-carving abilities and carlike maneuverability. The standard infotainment system works well and is easy to use. You should buy the GLA if you want a small crossover with engaging driving dynamics.

The 2018 Audi Q3 falls short of the competition in the luxury subcompact SUV class. It has poor fuel economy estimates, an underpowered engine, and less-than-sporty handling. While the Q3’s small size makes it easy to maneuver, there are other luxury subcompact SUVs that have better overall performance. Plus, some rivals have a longer list of features.

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