Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 Mercedes Benz CLA VS 2018 BMW 4 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2018 Mercedes Benz CLA

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2018 BMW 4

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes CLA have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes CLA are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The CLA’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CLA and the 4 Series Gran Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 11 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CLA’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the CLA gets better fuel mileage than the 4 Series Gran Coupe:

 

 

CLA

4 Series

 

2WD

250/Auto

24 city/37 hwy

24 city/34 hwy

430i/Auto

 

 

n/a

21 city/32 hwy

440i/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the CLA’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the 4 Series Gran Coupe:

 

CLA

4 Series Gran Coupe

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

The CLA stops shorter than the 4 Series Gran Coupe:

 

CLA

4 Series Gran Coupe

 

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the CLA can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The CLA 250 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the 430i Gran Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the CLA’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s (36 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The CLA’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the 4 Series Gran Coupe xDrive’s (36 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Mercedes CLA may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 550 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The CLA has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 4 Series Gran Coupe can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the CLA offers cargo security. The 4 Series Gran Coupe’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the 4 Series Gran Coupe, the CLA has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The CLA’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CLA has standard extendable sun visors. The 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the CLA owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CLA will cost $2145 less than the 4 Series Gran Coupe over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CLA is less expensive to operate than the 4 Series Gran Coupe because typical repairs cost much less on the CLA than the 4 Series Gran Coupe, including $283 less for a water pump, $212 less for an alternator, $90 less for front brake pads, $131 less for front struts, $641 less for a timing belt/chain and $100 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes CLA will be $7687 to $13453 less than for the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

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