2018 Audi Q3 vs. 2018 Mercede-Benz GLA

Subcompact SUVs are becoming more popular. More drivers want a roomier car than a regular sedan, but won't commit or don't have the budget for a full-sized SUV. Those drivers who prefer luxury SUVs should look into the Audi Q3 or the Mercedes-Benz GLA. Both are popular and reputable SUVs. Which car is better? The team at Wyoming Valley Audi gives you a 2018 Audi Q3 vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA comparison. Read on to find out which SUV wins.


The 2018 Audi Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA have comparable base engines. The Q3 has a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. The GLA has the same engine with 208 horsepower.

The biggest advantage the Audi has over the Mercedes-Benz is its ride quality. The GLA's standard seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission is inconsistent and often slow to shift. As a result, the ride experience is often rough, especially on uneven terrain.

The Audi Q3 comes with a six-speed transmission, MacPherson strut front suspension with a four-link rear suspension. This combination allows for a much more comfortable ride that absorbs roughness.

Interior and Cargo Space

Both SUVs seat a maximum of five passengers. The Mercedes-Benz GLA offers standard leatherette seats with leather as an upgraded option. Fortunately, you don't need to pay extra with the Q3, as real leather seats come standard. The Q3 also gives more legroom in the back row than the GLA, and adults and even tall children feel cramped riding in the back of the GLA. For better comfort, go with the Q3.

You will prefer driving the Audi during the cold winter since it offers heated front seats as a standard. To get this feature with the GLA, you'd have to pay for the upgrade.

The Q3 also gives more cargo space than the GLA. With the back row turned down, the Q3 has a maximum of 48.2 cubic feet of space, whereas the GLA's maximum space is only 43.6 cubic feet.

If you live in the areas of Dallas, Clarks Summit and Mountain Top, PA, visit our dealership today. Check out the Q3's spacious interior and attractive features.

Technology Features

Passengers will love the WI-Fi hotspot that comes as an available option with the Audi Q3. The hotspot connects up to eight devices. The GLA doesn't have a Wi-Fi hotspot, so passengers will have to rely on Apple CarPlay or Android Auto with the infotainment system.

Drive the Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA are both solid cars and among the bestselling subcompact SUVs on the market. In our 2018 Audi Q3 vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA comparison, the Q3 comes out on top. The Q3 gives a better ride experience, offers more cargo space and legroom in the back row, and offers an innovative Wi-Fi hotspot. The GLA pales in comparison.

The Wyoming Valley Audi dealership services the areas of Dallas, Clarks Summit and Mountain Top, PA. If you live close by, come to our office today. We offer an exceptional selection of Audis, including the Q3. Check our website or call for directions. We look forward to helping you with your car buying needs. Explore the 2018 Audi Q3, and you'll be impressed. Contact us today!   

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