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Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI

In comparing the Mercedes-Benz A-Class to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has the advantage in the area of fuel efficiency. The Volkswagen Golf GTI has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class versus the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a better car than the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class versus Volkswagen Golf GTI Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Mercedes-Benz A-Class ranges from $30,971 to $46,031 while a used Volkswagen Golf GTI from the same model year range is priced between $26,588 to $34,995. For a new model, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class's price is between $36,838 and $51,733, with the Volkswagen Golf GTI priced between $29,879 and $41,276.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class’s base engine makes 188 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI base engine makes 241 horsepower. The A-Class is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 473 miles. The Golf GTI is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 422 miles. The A-Class uses premium unleaded, and the Golf GTI uses regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Volkswagen Golf GTI, a compact car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class, a subcompact car, has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front leg room and rear shoulder room.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,838 - $51,733

Used Asking Price:

$30,971 - $46,031

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.4%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,879 - $41,276

Used Asking Price:

$26,588 - $34,995

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

8.6 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

7.3 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

Not yet available

iSeeCars Rankings

7 / 51
9 / 51
18 / 51
24 / 51

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

A 220 4MATIC, A 220

Trim Levels

Autobahn, S, SE

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

188 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

221 foot-lbs @ 1600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.057 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

241 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque:

273 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.077 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 35 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

324 / 473 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

23 / 32 / 27

Range (city/hwy):

304 / 422 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.9 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54 inches

Cargo Space:

8.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

90.7 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.9 inches

Cargo Space:

19.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

111.8 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3285 lbs

Width:

78.4 inches

Height:

56.9 inches

Length:

179.1 inches

Wheelbase:

107.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3133 lbs

Width:

70.4 inches

Height:

57.6 inches

Length:

168.8 inches

Wheelbase:

103.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

205/55R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P225/40R18