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BMW M3 vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA

When we compare the BMW M3 to the Mercedes-Benz CLA, the BMW M3 has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Mercedes-Benz CLA has the advantage in the area of new vehicle base pricing Based on this comparison of the BMW M3 versus the Mercedes-Benz CLA, the BMW M3 is a better car than the Mercedes-Benz CLA.

BMW M3 versus Mercedes-Benz CLA Pricing

For a new model, the BMW M3's price is between $74,899 and $96,784, with the Mercedes-Benz CLA priced between $41,324 and $59,222.

BMW M3 versus Mercedes-Benz CLA Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the BMW M3 is 8.2 out of 10 while the Mercedes-Benz CLA's quality rating is 8.0 out of 10. This results in the BMW M3 being ranked 12 out of 39 Best Luxury Small Cars and the Mercedes-Benz CLA being ranked 16 out of 39.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the BMW M3’s base engine makes 473 horsepower, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA base engine makes 221 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

The BMW M3, a compact car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Mercedes-Benz CLA, a subcompact car, has the advantage in the area of front leg room.

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2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$74,899 - $96,784

Used Asking Price:

-

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

41.1%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$41,324 - $59,222

Used Asking Price:

$36,495 - $53,477

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.5%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.2 / 10

Reliability:

7.7 / 10

Retained Value:

8.8 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.0 / 10

Retained Value:

8.9 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

10 / 39
12 / 39

iSeeCars Rankings

16 / 39
17 / 39

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Competition, Base, Competition xDrive

Trim Levels

AMG CLA 45, CLA 250, AMG CLA 35, CLA 250 4MATIC

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

473 hp @ 6250 rpm

Torque:

406 foot-lbs @ 2650 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.123 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

221 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

258 foot-lbs @ 1800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.066 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

16 / 23 / 19

Range (city/hwy):

250 / 359 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.6 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.6 inches

Cargo Space:

13 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

95.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

35.7 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.9 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54 inches

Cargo Space:

11.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

89.1 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3840 lbs

Width:

81.4 inches

Height:

56.4 inches

Length:

189.1 inches

Wheelbase:

112.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.7 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3362 lbs

Width:

78.7 inches

Height:

56.3 inches

Length:

184.6 inches

Wheelbase:

107.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.3 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 9.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

275/40R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/45R18