2019 Mercedes A-Class vs. 2019 Ford Fusion

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 Fusion 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.

Both the A-Class and the Fusion have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

The A-Class comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Fusion’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 1 place higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (188 vs. 175) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 175) than the Fusion’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (188 vs. 181) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 185) than the Fusion SE/SEL’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the A-Class gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion:

 

 

 

MPG

A-Class

 

FWD

220 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

220 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

Fusion

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

Transmission

A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Mercedes A-Class, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Fusion.

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 Fusion doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

A-Class

Fusion

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The A-Class stops much shorter than the Fusion:

 

A-Class

Fusion

 

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The A-Class’ tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Fusion S’ standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A-Class has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Fusion S.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the A-Class can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Fusion doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The A 220 4MATIC handles at .95 G’s, while the Fusion Sport AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the A-Class’ turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Fusion’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

The A-Class is 1 foot shorter than the Fusion, making the A-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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 Fusion 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 Ford. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 57% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Fusion SEL/Titanium/Sport, 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 Fusion doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the A-Class offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Fusion doesn’t offer cornering lights. The A-Class also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The A-Class’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Fusion SEL/Titanium/Sport.

The A-Class has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Fusion.

Both the A-Class and the Fusion offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the A-Class has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Fusion doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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