2019 Mercedes A-Class vs. 2019 BMW 2 Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The A-Class offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 2 Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The A-Class’ optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the A-Class and the 2 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

There are over 10 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the A-Class’ warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the A 220 4MATIC gets better fuel mileage than the 230i Coupe xDrive Auto (25 city/33 hwy vs. 24 city/33 hwy).

Transmission

The A-Class offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 2 Series doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the A-Class’ standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the 2 Series:

 

A-Class

2 Series

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

The A-Class stops shorter than the 2 Series:

 

A-Class

2 Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A-Class offers optional 19-inch wheels. The 2 Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The A-Class has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the A-Class flat and controlled during cornering. The 2 Series’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The A-Class’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 2 Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A-Class’ wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the 2 Series (107.4 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A-Class is 1.8 inches wider in the front than on the 2 Series.

The A 220 4MATIC handles at .95 G’s, while the M240i Coupe xDrive pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The design of the Mercedes A-Class amounts to more than styling. The A-Class has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the 2 Series (.29 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A-Class get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The A-Class has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 2 Series can only carry 4.

The A-Class has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 2 Series Coupe (93 vs. 90).

The A-Class has .2 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the 2 Series Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The A-Class’ standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 2 Series Convertible’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the A-Class’ available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 11% lower rating, BMW is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

The A-Class has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the 2 Series, the A-Class 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 A-Class offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the A-Class keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 2 Series doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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