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Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs. BMW 2 Series

Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs. BMW 2 Series

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The Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 2 Series are two of the most popular luxury compact cars you can buy. These stylish vehicles offer excellent performance, premium features, and the prestige of owning a car from a top luxury brand, all in a smaller, city-friendly package. Let's explore how the A-Class and 2 Series compare in key areas such as design, interior, safety, performance, efficiency, and value to help you decide which is best for you.

Exterior Design and Styling

While both the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 2 Series have attractive designs, they take different approaches to style. The A-Class has a sleek, sophisticated look with smooth lines that flow gracefully from front to back. Its sloping roofline gives it an almost coupe-like profile despite having four doors. In contrast, the 2 Series has a bolder, sportier appearance. Its body has more creases and sharp lines, giving it an aggressive, muscular stance. The 2 Series also sits slightly lower and wider than the A-Class, emphasizing its performance focus.

Both cars offer a variety of wheel designs to customize the look. The A-Class has 17-inch wheels that complement its elegant styling, while the 2 Series' available 18- and 19-inch wheels give it an even more powerful presence. Ultimately, choosing between the refined A-Class and the athletic 2 Series comes down to your personal taste and the image you want your car to project.

Interior Features

The A-Class and 2 Series provide comfortable, well-crafted cabins befitting their luxury status. However, the A-Class has a slight overall design and material quality edge. Its interior has a flowing, sculptural look with high-end finishes, such as aluminum trim, natural wood accents, and soft leather upholstery. While still premium, the cabin of the 2 Series has a more traditional, understated design.

In terms of features, the two cars are fairly evenly matched. Both come standard with power front seats, automatic climate control, and intuitive infotainment systems with crisp displays. The A-Class offers high-tech options, such as a larger 10.25-inch center screen, a fully digital instrument cluster, and an advanced voice control system to understand natural language commands. The A-Class also has more rear legroom and trunk space than the 2 Series.

Safety Technologies

You can feel confident in the safety of both the A-Class and 2 Series. The two models earned five-star overall crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also named the A-Class a Top Safety Pick+, its highest award, and the 2 Series a Top Safety Pick.

As for active safety features to help avoid accidents, the A-Class comes standard with a few more driver-assistance technologies, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. The 2 Series has standard forward collision warning and braking, but blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist are optional extras. Both cars offer additional safety systems, such as adaptive cruise control and evasive steering assist.]

Performance and Driving Dynamics

The 2 Series is the clear choice if you're looking for thrills. The base 230i model's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine packs a solid 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, taking it from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds. 

The A-Class features a turbo four-cylinder, making a more modest 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque that'll take it from zero to 60 mph in a time closer to 7 seconds. The BMW M240i and its 382-horsepower turbo six-cylinder offer maximum performance, enabling it to go from zero to 60 mph in a blistering 3.8 seconds. The A-Class doesn't offer a comparable high-performance model.

The 2 Series also has the edge in handling. Its rear-wheel drive (RWD) layout, with available all-wheel drive (AWD), and a well-tuned suspension, give it exceptional balance and turn responsiveness. The steering is quick and communicative, making the 2 Series feel nimble and engaging. The A-Class, with front-wheel drive (FWD), could be sharper and more fun, though it still handles competently. Both cars let you choose from drive modes that adjust the steering, throttle, and suspension for a sportier or more comfortable character.

Fuel Efficiency

While the 2 Series has a clear performance advantage, the A-Class is the more fuel-efficient. The FWD A220 earns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. With optional AWD, those figures dip slightly to 23/32/26 mpg. The rear-drive 230i gets 23/34/26 mpg, while the all-wheel drive 230i xDrive returns 22/32/25 mpg. The high-powered M240i xDrive is the least efficient at 22/30/25 mpg. If saving money on gas is a priority, the A-Class is likely the better choice.

Pricing and Value

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class starts at $33,950 for the FWD A220 sedan. The BMW 2 Series coupe is pricier, with the 230i starting at $35,900. Adding options and moving up in trim levels can quickly increase the cost of both cars. A fully-loaded A-Class can reach around $45,000, while the top-of-the-line M240i xDrive comes in at $54,950.

Considering all the luxury features and performance you get for the money, both cars represent substantial value for an entry-level luxury car. The A-Class gives you more for your dollar regarding standard equipment and interior refinement, while the 2 Series provides more smiles per mile with its athletic driving character. According to Kelley Blue Book, the A-Class and 2 Series hold their value well, retaining around 50% of their original price after three years.

Experience the Luxury at ALM Automotive

The best way to decide between the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 2 Series is to see them in person. At ALM Automotive, you can explore the sleek design and premium features of the A-Class and the sporty performance of the 2 Series. Our friendly, knowledgeable sales team is happy to walk you through all the details and specs of each model to help you find the perfect fit. Call us at 706-521-4555 or complete our  secure online form to get started today.