2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2019 Mercedes A-Class

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Jetta are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Mercedes A-Class doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Jetta has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The A-Class doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To help make backing safer, the Jetta’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 Jetta and the A-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Jetta the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 155 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A-Class has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Jetta comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The A-Class’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

The Jetta’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the A-Class’ (10 vs. 5 years).

There are over 71 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Jetta’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Jetta

FWD

Manual

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

Auto

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

A-Class

FWD

Auto

220 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/35 hwy

AWD

Auto

220 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is optional on the Volkswagen Jetta, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A-Class.

Tires and Wheels

The Jetta SE/R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the A-Class; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Chassis

The Volkswagen Jetta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Mercedes A-Class.

The front grille of the Jetta uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A-Class doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Jetta has .8 inches more front shoulder room and 3.5 inches more rear legroom than the A-Class.

Cargo Capacity

The Jetta has a much larger trunk than the A-Class (14.1 vs. 8.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the Jetta has a standard extendable sun visor. The A-Class doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Jetta, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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