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I'll take at crack at it since these two are on my short list.

Cruise Control: GLA- adaptive, Audi - standard
Forward Collision Control: GLA - yes, Audi -no
Attention Assist: GLA - yes, Audi - no
Keyless start/stop: GLA - in Dec+ build, Audi - yes
Gear selector: GLA- electronic stalk, Audi - standard stick
Info screen - GLA - fixed, Audi - folding
Seating height: GLA lower than Audi (difference not available)
Leather seating: GLA - MB faux std & leather optional, Audi - leather std
Tires: GLA - extended mobility (no spare), Audi - conventional (with donut spare)
Exhaust pipes: GLA - dual, Audi - twin single
Hood: GLA - manual arm, Audi - hydraulic struts
Fuel consumption: not yet published but GLA will be better
Colours: fewer choices with the GLA in Europe, NA is tbd
Availability & build time for custom spec: hopefully soon but custom spec could be 6 months

I am still hoping that the actual 2015 Audi released will be upgraded from the announced spec to have adaptive cruise control (like the A3), but that is a long shot. It must certainly be on their list for the next model revision.

The standard features vs option packages of both will differ between. The price comparisons for a comparably fully loaded vehicle will have one being more expensive, but may be the opposite for the standard base or lightly configured spec. All this should be clear in the next month.
 

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I think its fair to expect the Audi to have more included kit in the base package. The A3 does over the CLA at least....
 

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the difference in what they include might or might not have an effect when it comes to sales, i'd be looking forward to hearing what people have to say about the two when they look at them.
 

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I cannot find any sales figures for the UK where both the Q3 and GLA are available, and with diesel engines as well. Lead time for custom order for both seem to be about 8-10 weeks. The Q3 has a toe hold other there and appear to have higher sales.

There are more Benz dealer in NA and this may give them an edge in sale. Also the GLA is hot off the drawing boards while the Q3 is three years old. The are pro and cons with both.

It's should be tight race, probably dictated by available supply.
 

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I think it's going to be tough getting those sales figures, we might just have to wait for some publication to scoop up that info and push it out on the net
 

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Thought this belongs here. It's a drag race between the GLA 45 AMG and the Audi RS Q3!
don't think it's been posted yet so here it is.

 

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What about the looks of these cars. I love the GLA design but, other than the Audi grill, the Audi looks like a Volkswagen Golf in drag.
 

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On the drag race between the GLA and the Q3:

The outcome had us on the edge of our seats, as the quattro car had the lead in the beginning and eventually lost by a whisker.
The Benz's roofline peaks at 1.49 meters, 8.6cm lower than that of the RS Q3. There’s just 7mm splitting their lengths, and it's mostly due to the big chin spoiler of the GLA. Let's take a look under the hood as well. With the Audi, it's a five-cylinder engine that now produces 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm (331.9 lb-ft) of torque. As a result of this boost in output, 0 to 100 km/h takes only 4.8 seconds, the exact same time as the GLA 45 AMG.
Everything we've read so far suggests the GLA 45 AMG is also superior when it encounters some curves, as its weight transitions better and the chassis comes alive. So the only really good thing about the RS Q3 is the engine, and that's not really enough to sell a car.
Drag Race: Mercedes GLA 45 AMG vs. Audi RS Q3 - Video - autoevolution
 
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