2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA VS 2018 Audi Q3
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2018 Audi Q3: Performance
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 The Q3 has underwhelming power and acceleration, especially on the highway, and its powertrain feels outdated.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 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.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2018 Audi Q3: Overall Comparison
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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