In comparing the Mercedes-Benz E-Class's and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class's specifications and ratings, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and resale value. Based on this comparison of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class's and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class's specifications and ratings, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a better car than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz A-Class Pricing
A used 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranges from $46,628 to $76,597 while a used 2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is priced between $31,780 to $40,052. For a new model, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class's price is between $55,567 and $93,946, with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class priced between $38,099 and $48,392.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz A-Class Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class loses 56.8 percent of its value and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class loses 44.4 percent of its value. This means the Mercedes-Benz A-Class retains 12.4 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class’s base engine makes 255 horsepower, and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class base engine makes 188 horsepower. The E-Class is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 539 miles. The A-Class is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 473 miles.This gives the Mercedes-Benz A-Class the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class the advantage in maximum range. Both models use premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class, a subcompact car, has the advantage in the areas of front head room and front leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.