2021 Volvo S60 vs. 2020 Mercedes CLA

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo S60 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 CLA doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the S60 and CLA have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The CLA’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The S60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply 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 S60 offers optional CTA Auto Brake 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 S60 and the CLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the S60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CLA has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The S60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the CLA’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CLA.

Engine

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The S60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 29 more horsepower (250 vs. 221) than the CLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The S60 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 95 more horsepower (316 vs. 221) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the CLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The S60 Recharge’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 179 more horsepower (400 vs. 221) and 214 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 258) than the CLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the S60 T6 is faster than the Mercedes CLA 250:

S60

CLA

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.8 sec

15 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

97 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

130 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S60 Recharge running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the CLA 250 4MATIC (70 city/68 hwy MPGe vs. 23 city/33 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the S60 Recharge running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the CLA 250 4MATIC (28 city/33 hwy vs. 23 city/33 hwy).

The S60 Recharge can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The CLA must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the S60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CLA doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the CLA (14.5 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the CLA (15.9 vs. 13.5 gallons).

The S60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CLA doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo S60, 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 S60 Polestar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CLA:

S60 Polestar

CLA

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

The S60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CLA are solid, not vented.

The S60 stops shorter than the CLA:

S60

CLA

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the S60 has larger tires than the CLA (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R18).

The S60’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CLA’s 45 series tires.

The S60 has a standard space-saver spare (not available on Recharge) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CLA; 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 CLA don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S60’s wheelbase is 5.7 inches longer than on the CLA (113.1 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

Passenger Space

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The S60 has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CLA (96 vs. 89).

The S60 has .5 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the CLA.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CLA doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S60’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CLA doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Towing

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The S60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The CLA has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Keyless Entry & Drive standard on the S60 allows you to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mercedes CLA’s Keyless-Start doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the S60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CLA doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the S60’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the CLA’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CLA doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the S60 and the CLA offer optional heated front seats. The S60 T6/Recharge also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CLA.

The S60 Inscription offers optional 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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The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Mercedes CLA by 63% during 2019.

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