2019 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2019 Mercedes A-Class

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Cruze are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The A-Class doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

To help make backing safer, the Cruze (except L/LS)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The A-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Cruze and the A-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Cruze 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the A-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Cruze’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the A-Class’ (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Cruze. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the A-Class.

There are almost 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cruze’s warranty.

Reliability

The Cruze has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The A-Class doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cruze second among compact cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The A-Class isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Cruze’s 1.6 turbo diesel produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Cruze Diesel Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the A 220 FWD (31 city/48 hwy vs. 24 city/35 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Cruze Sedan turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the A 220 FWD (30 city/38 hwy vs. 24 city/35 hwy).

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Cruze, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A-Class.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Cruze Premier’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A-Class (225/45R17 vs. 205/55R17).

The Cruze Premier RS’ tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A-Class’ 55 series tires.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Cruze may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Mercedes A-Class.

The Cruze Sedan is 3.8 inches shorter than the A-Class, making the Cruze easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Cruze Sedan has .2 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the A-Class.

Cargo Capacity

The Cruze Sedan has a much larger trunk than the A-Class (14.8 vs. 8.6 cubic feet).

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Cruze comes in sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Mercedes A-Class isn’t available as a four door hatchback.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Chevrolet Cruze, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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