2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2020 Mercedes A-Class

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Arteon 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.

The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies 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 Arteon offers optional Maneuver Braking 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 Arteon’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 Arteon and the A-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Arteon the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 185 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A-Class has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the A-Class’ (7 vs. 5 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Arteon for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the A-Class.

There are over 67 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Arteon’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the A-Class’ engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Arteon’s reliability 20 points higher than the A-Class.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

Engine

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The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 80 more horsepower (268 vs. 188) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Arteon is faster than the Mercedes A-Class:

Arteon

A-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Arteon has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the A-Class (17.4 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Arteon

A-Class

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.6 inches

The Arteon stops much shorter than the A-Class:

Arteon

A-Class

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the A-Class (245/45R18 vs. 205/55R17). The Arteon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A-Class (245/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

The Arteon’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 Arteon’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the A-Class’ optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the A-Class. The Arteon’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the A-Class.

The Arteon 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. Some tire options on the A-Class don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Arteon’s wheelbase is 4.5 inches longer than on the A-Class (111.9 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Arteon is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the A-Class.

Passenger Space

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

The Arteon has 3.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A-Class (96.2 vs. 93).

The Arteon has 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 6.3 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the A-Class.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Arteon SEL Premium has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The A-Class doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Towing

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The Arteon has a 4850 lbs. towing capacity. The A-Class has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Consumer Reports rated the Arteon’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the A-Class’ headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

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

The Arteon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the A-Class. The Arteon SEL Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the A-Class.

The Arteon SEL Premium has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the A-Class.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Arteon, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes A-Class isn't recommended.

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