2020 Mercedes A-Class vs. 2020 Lexus ES Series

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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 ES Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The A-Class offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The ES Series doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the A-Class and the ES Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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 lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 59 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the A-Class’ warranty.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Mercedes A-Class is faster than the ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid:

A-Class

ES Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.3 MPH

90.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the A 220 FWD Auto gets better fuel mileage than the ES 350 (24 city/35 hwy vs. 22 city/32 hwy).

Transmission

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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 ES Series doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A-Class’ brake rotors are larger than those on the ES Series:

A-Class

ES Series

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

11.1 inches

The A-Class stops much shorter than the ES Series:

A-Class

ES Series

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 ES Series doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The A-Class’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The ES Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The A 220 handles at .87 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A 220 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the ES 300h (26.5 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the A-Class’ turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the ES Series’ (36.1 feet vs. 38 feet). The A-Class’ turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the ES Series w/18-19” wheels’ (36.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes A-Class may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Lexus ES Series.

The A-Class is 1 foot, 4.8 inches shorter than the ES Series, making the A-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the A-Class easier. The A-Class’ trunk lift-over height is 26.1 inches, while the ES Series’ liftover is 27.4 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the A-Class’ trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The ES Series’ useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The A-Class’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the ES Series, 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’ standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the ES Series.

The A-Class’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The ES Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 ES Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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