2020 Mercedes A-Class vs. 2020 Ford Fusion

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Safety

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

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 rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or 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 and rear 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

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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

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder 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-cylinder. The A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder 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-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mercedes A-Class is faster than the Ford Fusion:

A-Class

Fusion SE/SEL

Fusion Titanium

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.2 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

9.2 sec

7.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.8 sec

6.1 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

17 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

84.5 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

A-Class

Fusion

FWD

n/a

21 city/31 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./7-Spd. Auto

24 city/35 hwy

23 city/34 hwy

1.5 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

21 city/31 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./7-Spd. Auto

24 city/34 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

1.5 4 cyl./Auto

Transmission

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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

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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 shorter than the Fusion:

A-Class

Fusion

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The A-Class’ standard 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

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The A-Class offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Fusion’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The A 220 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Fusion Titanium (26.5 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

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

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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

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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

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The A-Class uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Fusion uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Fusion SEL/Titanium, 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 other key instrumentation 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.

The A-Class’ power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Fusion’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Fusion and aren’t offered on the Fusion S.

When the A-Class is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Fusion’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes A-Class offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Fusion doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The A-Class’ optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Fusion doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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