2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG® CLA45 vs. 2016 Audi S3
If you’re shopping for a midsize luxury vehicle in the Greater Toronto Area, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA coupe and the 2016 Audi S3 sedan are two excellent choices. While the S3 offers fuel-efficient, turbocharged power, the AMG® CLA45 gives it a run for its money in more ways than one. Check out our comparison below to see what you’ll get from the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG® CLA45 vs. the 2016 Audi S3!
Performance and Handling
The Mercedes-Benz AMG® CLA45 and the Audi S3 sport a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. The AMG® CLA45 coupe’s hand-built engine, however, summons greater horsepower and torque, overshadowing the S3 sedan’s 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque with a massive 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The AMG® CLA45 also features a 7-speed automatic transmission, offering a broader selection of gear ratios than the S3 sedan’s 6-speed automatic transmission. Despite being more powerful, the AMG® CLA45 mirrors the Audi S3 sedan’s city and highway fuel economy ratings, earning a 10.2 city/7.6 L/100 km highway score.
Drivetrain and Steering
For supreme handling and traction control, both vehicles come outfitted with all-wheel drive: 4MATIC® for the Mercedes-Benz AMG® CLA45, and Quattro for the Audi S3. Thanks to its AMG® performance braking system, however, the AMG® CLA45 delivers greater stopping power with front power 351-millimetre ventilated discs. What’s more, AMG® Sport Suspension comes standard on the Mercedes-Benz AMG® CLA45, which utilizes front struts/wishbones and a 4-link rear design with rigid damping rates to tackle rugged Brampton roads. On the Audi S3, performance suspension is only available via the Performance Package upgrade.
Safety and Security Equipment
As luxury 5-person vehicles, the AMG® CLA45 and the Audi S3 come with nothing short of dependable safety and security features. Both vehicles include Xenon HID headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, and more. The S3 sedan sports a rearview camera and parking sensors, while the AMG® CLA45 Coupe takes driver assist tech a step further with standard ATTENTION ASSIST® and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS®. The ATTENTION ASSIST® system monitors up to 70 parameters of driving behavior, and notifies the driver when their concentration begins to drop. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Brake Assist, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS® initiates the emergency braking system at speeds of up to 105 kph to avoid a frontal impact.
Find Your High-Performing Luxury Vehicle!
Superior to the Audi S3 in performance and safety, the Mercedes-Benz AMG® CLA45 is a smarter choice for Brampton drivers shopping for an energetic luxury vehicle. To learn more about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG® CLA45 vs. the 2016 Audi S3, contact Mercedes-Benz Brampton! If you’d like to book a test drive, give us a call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.