2020 Kia Optima vs. 2019 Mercedes A-Class

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia Optima 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.

To help make backing safer, the Optima’s 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 Optima and the A-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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 and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Optima its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A-Class has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Optima comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The A-Class’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Optima 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the A-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Kia dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Optima’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Optima third among midsize cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The A-Class isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 12 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The Optima SX’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 57 more horsepower (245 vs. 188) and 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Optima EX gets better fuel mileage than the A-Class FWD SMG (27 city/37 hwy vs. 24 city/35 hwy).

The Optima has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the A-Class (18.5 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Optima S/SX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A-Class (235/45R18 vs. 205/55R17).

The Optima S/SX’s 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’ 55 series tires.

The Optima SX 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.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Optima’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the A-Class (110.4 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Optima is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A-Class.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Optima a Large car, while the A-Class is rated a Compact.

The Optima has 11.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A-Class (104.8 vs. 93).

The Optima has 3.7 inches more front legroom, 3 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the A-Class.

Cargo Capacity

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The Optima has a much larger trunk than the A-Class (15.9 vs. 8.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Optima, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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