2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2020 Mercedes CLA

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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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 CLA 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 CLA doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Arteon and the CLA 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 CLA has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CLA’s (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 CLA.

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 CLA’s 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 CLA.

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 47 more horsepower (268 vs. 221) than the CLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Arteon has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CLA (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 CLA.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Arteon’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CLA:

Arteon

CLA

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

The Arteon stops shorter than the CLA:

Arteon

CLA

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the CLA (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18).

The Arteon’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CLA’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon offers optional 20-inch wheels. The CLA’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 CLA (111.9 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

Passenger Space

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

The Arteon has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CLA (96.2 vs. 89).

The Arteon has 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 6.3 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CLA.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Arteon’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CLA doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Arteon has a 4850 lbs. towing capacity. The CLA has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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

The Arteon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the CLA. 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 CLA.

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 CLA.

Recommendations

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

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