2019 Mercedes A-Class vs. 2019 Lincoln MKZ

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 MKZ 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 MKZ 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 3 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the A 220 is faster than the Lincoln MKZ:

 

A-Class

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ turbo 4 cyl.

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

9.4 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.9 sec

25.3 sec

21.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.8 sec

9.1 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

17.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

83 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

109 MPH

135 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

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

MKZ

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/31 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

 

 

3.0 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 MKZ.

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 MKZ 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 MKZ:

 

A-Class

MKZ Hybrid

MKZ 2.0T/3.0T

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

The A-Class stops much shorter than the MKZ:

 

A-Class

MKZ

 

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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 MKZ doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The A 220 4MATIC handles at .95 G’s, while the MKZ Hybrid pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the A-Class’ turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the MKZ’s (36.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Mercedes A-Class may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 800 pounds less than the Lincoln MKZ.

The A-Class is 1 foot, 2.8 inches shorter than the MKZ, making the A-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The A-Class has 2.4 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the MKZ.

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 MKZ 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 Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 8% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MKZ, 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 MKZ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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