2020 Mercedes A-Class vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes A-Class 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 Toyota Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 Corolla Hybrid 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 Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The A-Class offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Corolla Hybrid only offers a rear monitor.

The A-Class’ optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the A-Class and the Corolla Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 and available lane departure 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 Corolla Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Engine

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The A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 67 more horsepower (188 vs. 121) and 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 106) than the Corolla Hybrid’s 1.8 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mercedes A-Class is faster than the Toyota Corolla Hybrid:

A-Class

Corolla Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.3 MPH

79 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The A-Class has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corolla Hybrid (13.5 vs. 11.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

A-Class

Corolla Hybrid

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

10.2 inches

The A-Class stops much shorter than the Corolla Hybrid:

A-Class

Corolla Hybrid

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A-Class has larger standard tires than the Corolla Hybrid (205/55R17 vs. 195/65R15). The A-Class’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corolla Hybrid (225/40R19 vs. 195/65R15).

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 Corolla Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The A-Class’ optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Corolla Hybrid’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A-Class has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Corolla Hybrid. The A-Class offers optional 19-inch wheels.

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 Corolla Hybrid 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 Corolla Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A-Class’ wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Corolla Hybrid (107.4 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A-Class is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .1 inches wider in the rear than on the Corolla Hybrid.

The A 220 handles at .87 G’s, while the Corolla Hybrid LE pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A 220 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Corolla Hybrid LE (26.5 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 29.1 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis

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The A-Class is 3.2 inches shorter than the Corolla Hybrid, making the A-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The A-Class has 4.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hybrid (93 vs. 88.6).

The A-Class has 2 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Corolla Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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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 Corolla Hybrid’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the A-Class. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Corolla Hybrid 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 Corolla Hybrid 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 Toyota. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 30% lower rating, Toyota is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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The A-Class has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the A-Class, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions and outside mirror angle. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a memory system.

The A-Class’ standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Corolla Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the A-Class offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Corolla Hybrid 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.

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 Corolla Hybrid’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The A-Class’ optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

The A-Class offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Corolla Hybrid.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the A-Class keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the A-Class’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The A-Class’ 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. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the A-Class and the Corolla Hybrid 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 Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The A-Class’ available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Corolla Hybrid’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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 Corolla Hybrid 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 Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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