In comparing the 2020 BMW 3 Series's and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA's specifications and ratings, the 2020 BMW 3 Series has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, and fuel efficiency, reliability, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA has the advantage in the area of resale value. Based on this comparison of the 2020 BMW 3 Series's and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA's specifications and ratings, the 2020 BMW 3 Series is a better car than the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA.
2020 BMW 3 Series vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Pricing
A used 2020 BMW 3 Series ranges from $25,585 to $46,999 while a used 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA is priced between $27,983 to $43,099.
2020 BMW 3 Series vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2020 BMW 3 Series loses 52.3 percent of its value and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA loses 39.5 percent of its value. This means the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA retains 12.8 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2020 BMW 3 Series.
2020 BMW 3 Series vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the BMW 3 Series is 8.7 out of 10 while the Mercedes-Benz CLA's quality rating is 8.0 out of 10. This results in the BMW 3 Series being ranked 7 out of 36 Best Luxury Small Cars and the Mercedes-Benz CLA being ranked 17 out of 36.
2020 BMW 3 Series vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the BMW 3 Series is 8.4 out of 10. For the Mercedes-Benz CLA the reliability rating is 7.0 out of 10. This gives the BMW 3 Series an advantage in reliability compared to the Mercedes-Benz CLA.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2020 BMW 3 Series’s base engine makes 255 horsepower, and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA base engine makes 221 horsepower. The 3 Series is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 562 miles. The CLA is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 473 miles. This gives the 2020 BMW 3 Series the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA. Both models use premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The 2020 BMW 3 Series, a compact car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The 2020 BMW 3 Series has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.