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2019 Benz CLA

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2019 BMW 3 Series

2019 BMW 3 Series

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series


The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a series of subcompact Mercedes-Benz cars that were introduced in 2013. The CLA is positioned above the A-Class but below the C-Class. The CLS also comes with a station wagon variant that Mercedes-Benz launched in 2015.

The BMW 3 Series is a compact executive car that is in its seventh generation. BMW also has a hybrid of this model set for launch in 2020.

Design & Style

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA is stylish, functional and yet remarkably roomy. It seats five people in comfort without losing any of its distinctive sporty DNA. The 18-inch alloy wheels and LED lighting transform it to a lean muscle machine that can be used as an everyday car.

The BMW 3 series does not stray far from the basic design that characterizes all BMW cars. This includes the kidney-shaped grille as well as the aggressive curve lines that run along the sides of the car. The 3 Series also seats five comfortably and offers a sporty suspension.

Technology & Safety

The Mercedes-Benz CLA offers cutting edge driver assistance technology in this sporty sedan. Included is lane assist technology that works better and more intuitively than most others in its class. It also comes with collision alert and automatic braking in case of a collision. The CLA has phone connectivity, allowing you to use either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to connect your device to the car.

The 3 Series also comes with an array of safety features such as the Driver Assist that comes with adaptive cruise control as well as blind spot monitoring. Although impressive, the range of tech and safety features is no match for those in the CLA.


The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA comes with a 2-liter turbo engine that is paired up with a seven-speed automatic transmission. This gives the CLA the ability to move from 0 to 60 in just about 7 seconds. The CLA comes standard as a front-wheel-drive but drivers have the choice of choosing an optional all-wheel drive that promises better grip and handling.

The 3 Series, on the other hand, is powered by either a 3.0 liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Both give a fairly decent performance when pushed but the ride is never as smooth as that of the CLA.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA wins this category through outstanding styling as well as a much better range of safety features that are offered as standard. The CLA also has a much more refined engine, delivering power and speed in a superbly refined package.

Ready to Schedule a 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Test Drive Today?

At Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown, we offer a wide variety of Mercedes-Benz models for you to choose from, including the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA and we are more than happy to arrange for a test drive so that you can experience the stellar features of this vehicle. Call us today to make an appointment or simply pay us a visit at our showroom today!


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