Compare The New 2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220 Sedan Models

Both Audi and Mercedes-Benz have built a compact premium sedan with an "A" in the name, but only one of them can make the grade to become your next new car. Which model has the design, features and performance you want as well as the value and reliability you need? Find out below! We're comparing the 2020 Audi A3 head-to-head against the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220. As you'll discover, the Audi comes with more standard equipment and offers even more available power and performance. Once you've seen why you should make your next sporty sedan an Audi, head to Audi Columbus and take your test drive!

Audi A3 Available Dynamic Turn Indicators

2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220: Size & Design

Everybody's taste is different, but when you compare them side by side, the 2020 Audi A3 has some exterior accents that you just don't get from the 2020 Mercedes A-Class. For instance, we think the larger 18" standard wheels of the Audi A3 provide a sharper, sportier look than the 17" wheels that you get on the Mercedes A 220. And with some extra rear seat legroom, despite being a smaller car overall, the 2020 Audi A3 provides even more comfort for your backseat passengers. As an available option, you can also add the signature Audi dynamic turn indicators, which progressively animate to signal your intentions ... and also to provide some flash that you won't find on any 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Audi A3 S Embroidered Seats

2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220: Features

Both these sporty sedans provide a touchscreen multimedia system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ as standard. They both also give you dual-zone automatic climate control for individualized comfort.

But when it comes to standard features, the 2020 Audi A3 has a much longer list. It comes standard with real leather upholstery and heated front seats. Both of those features will cost you more as extras on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220. The Audi A3 even comes with built-in SiriusXM® satellite radio and CD player, so you have even more options for audio sources. Here again, those features don't come standard on the Mercedes A-Class sedan.

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Audi A3 Singleframe Grille

2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220: Performance

At the entry level, these cars offer similar power figures: 184 horsepower for the 2020 Audi A3 and 188 for the 2020 Mercedes A-Class. That said, quattro®-equipped 2020 Audi A4 models get even more power. The engine receives a tune to raise the output to 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque! quattro® is a legendary all-wheel drive system that improves acceleration grip in wet or dry conditions. Furthermore, quattro®-equipped Audi A3 models also get the S-line® exterior package with an even sportier look. By contrast, there's only one engine available on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220.

When it comes to handling and control, the 2020 Audi A3 comes with tires that are 1.5" wider than those on the 2020 Mercedes A-Class, and that means more grip in the corners and less wheelspin under hard acceleration.

Finally, you may have noticed that the 2020 Audi A3 gets slightly better fuel economy than the 2020 Mercedes A-Class. The difference in fuel costs may be even more profound than you realize -- when you're sitting in Southern California traffic, the Mercedes sedan will be burning premium fuel. The 2020 Audi A3 makes all that power from regular grade fuel! According to CNN, the average driver uses 583 gallons of fuel per year. And at a cost of $0.50/gal more than regular fuel, you could spend $300 more each year on premium gas. That's a whole extra lease payment every year without getting any more power or performance. The Audi A3 is simply a better choice for your next sporty sedan.

Audi A4 quattro Badge

2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220: Safety

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have yet crash tested the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220. This isn't uncommon for imported sports cars, but the 2020 Audi A3 has already been put through the gamut of tests from both organizations -- and passed with flying colors. It earned the 2019 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and a best-possible five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. When you want peace of mind that your new sporty sedan is safe, trust the one with award-winning safety from Audi!

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Get The Best Value On A New Premium Sedan At Audi Columbus

With starting MSRPs that are within a few hundred dollars of one another, it's no surprise that these two cars are direct competitors -- but your dollar goes further with the Audi. The 2020 Audi A3 has a starting MSRP of just $33,300. To upgrade to quattro® and get even more horsepower and style, the 2020 Audi A3 S line® has a starting MSRP of $36,500.

2020 Audi A32020 Mercedes-Benz A 220
$33,300Starting MSRP*$32,800
184Standard Horsepower188
228Available Horsepower188
27 MPG City / 36 MPG HighwayStandard Fuel Economy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Highway
AvailableAll-Wheel DriveAvailable
7-Speed Dual-Clutch AutomaticTransmission Type7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
35.1"Rear Legroom33.9"
Genuine LeatherStandard UpholsterySynthetic Leather
18"Standard Wheel Size17"
StandardHeated Front SeatsAvailable

*Prices exclude $995 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.