2019 Volvo S60 vs. 2019 Mercedes A-Class

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Mercedes A-Class doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The S60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The A-Class doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The S60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The S60 offers optional CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A-Class doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the S60’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 S60 and the A-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The S60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the A-Class’ (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the A-Class.

Engine

The S60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (250 vs. 188) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The S60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 128 more horsepower (316 vs. 188) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The S60 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 212 more horsepower (400 vs. 188) and 251 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The S60 Polestar T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 227 more horsepower (415 vs. 188) and 273 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the A 220 4MATIC (74 city/74 hwy MPGe vs. 25 city/33 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the A 220 4MATIC (29 city/34 hwy vs. 25 city/33 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the A 220 FWD (24 city/36 hwy vs. 24 city/35 hwy).

The S60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The A-Class must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A-Class doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the A-Class (14.5 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the A-Class (15.9 vs. 13.5 gallons).

The S60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The A-Class doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo S60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A-Class.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the S60 Polestar’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A-Class:

 

S60 T5

S60 Polestar

A-Class

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

The S60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the A-Class are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the S60 has larger tires than the A-Class (235/45R18 vs. 205/55R17).

The S60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A-Class’ standard 55 series tires. The S60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the A-Class’ 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the A-Class.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S60’s wheelbase is 5.7 inches longer than on the A-Class (113.1 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

Passenger Space

The S60 has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A-Class (96 vs. 93).

The S60 has .5 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the A-Class.

Cargo Capacity

The S60 has a much larger trunk than the A-Class (11.6 vs. 8.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The A-Class doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The A-Class doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The A-Class doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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