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Buy this or buy that: Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class vs Audi Q3

November 5, 2014

At the Car Loan Warehouse, we love nothing more than a good old-fashioned head-to-head – and today that’s exactly what we’ve got for you. Our friends at VroomVroomVroom have handpicked German giants Mercedes and Audi for an SUV showdown – and it’s time to see how they fared.

The following German cars are the best choices if you are looking for perfection in your next SUV. Have a look at the infographic below to find out the best features for each SUV with a final review and rating. Which one do you prefer? Let us know your final verdict!

Audi Q3 vs Mercedes GLA-Class

We’ve compared these two popular SUV competitors, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Audi Q3, in terms of performance, comfort, economy, cabin space and technology. These are two ideal SUVs for families, couples, people who enjoy off road adventures and love compact cars without leaving comfort and luxury aside. If you can’t completely afford one of them … that is no problem! Car Loan Warehouse helps you to finance the car of your dreams. Nevertheless, if you are travelling around the USA and want to experience the comfort of these cars, there are many options of car hire offered by AVIS Signature Series and Hertz Dream Cars with similar models that can get you out on the road with luxury features. You can also compare plenty of sport utility and four-wheel drive rental cars with VroomVroomVroom!

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a new model of Mercedes-Benz compact car. The GLA-Class is larger than the A-Class, sportier than the B-Class, and cheaper than the CLA-Class sedan. A big competitor is the Audi Q3, which is the smallest premium SUV and a new addition to Audi’s extensive line of models. The Audi Q3 is also the least expensive SUV on the market.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a stylish interior with leather seats and surfaces. The wheels are 19 inches and it has a panoramic sunroof. It has a great audio system with 10GB of music storage. However, the option to upgrade to high resolution 8-inch screen with web connectivity has a cost of $2490. It is powered by a 2.0 turbocharged four cylinder engine and the combined cycle of 6.6L/100km — a full 1.1L — is more economical than its rival. The steering is smoother and more consistent.

The Audi Q3 has a superior interior, furnished with leather seats and accessories. It’s 4.39 metres long, 3.2cm shorter than its competitor. The audio system has  a 7-inch screen with 20GB of music storage, but internet connectivity is not included. It has less usable cabin space. However, the seats are higher which provides more leg room. It also has a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine and its 0 to 100 km/h performance is 6.9 seconds faster than its rival. The engine is quieter, smoother and reacts faster. The wheels, matching the size of the Mercedes-Benz, affect the quality while driving the Audi.

If you fancy getting your hands on either of these superior SUVs, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. Whether you’re looking for Audi finance or Mercedes finance, we’ve got the flexible, affordable financing solution for you. Try our online car finance calculator today for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.