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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class


2018 BMW 1 Series

2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs. 2018 BMW 1 Series

Drivers looking for a compact car that still delivers the speed and comfort will find that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class does not disappoint. The A-Class delivers great styling and elegance without compromising on any of the safety and comfort features.

The BMW 1 Series is a hatchback that is in its third generation. As a result, BMW has tried to make this new model as stylish as possible, borrowing heavily from the more established BMW models. So how do these two cars compare?

Design & Style

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a distinct styling that helps improve its aerodynamics while giving everyone inside as much room as possible. The front and back seating is quite spacious and the trunk allows for a generous amount of shopping to be carried. This makes this sporty-looking sedan quite functional as an every-day car.

The BMW 1 Series has been designed with an emphasis on style and utility. The bonnet and rear door are made of aluminum in an effort to make this car lighter. The 2018 variant is 30 kg lighter than its preceding model despite being the largest of the three generations. Nevertheless, the inside does feel cramped especially for adult passengers who might ride in the backseat

Technology & Safety

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class comes with a number of safety features. These include the Driver Assist Package that turns the car into a thinking partner that actively helps you control and drive the car. The driver assist package can, for example, detect an imminent collision and automatically apply the brakes. The system also keeps the A-Class on the correct lane and warns you if you are in danger of wandering off.

The BMW 1 Series relies primarily on BMW’s IDrive which makes driving easier and safer. For example, the BMW 1 series has the Heads-up Display that allows the driver to see information about his or her speed, rev counters and much more without taking his or her eyes off the road.


The A-Class comes with two petrol engine variants namely the 1.3-liter and the 2.0-liter engine. The performance in either of the cars is not compromised as the car is very responsive. The diesel variant is not as nifty as the two petrol engines but only marginally so. You are unlikely to feel the difference.

The BMW 1 Series comes with a 2.0-liter petrol engine while the diesel variant comes with a 1.5-liter engine with slightly less power than the petrol variant but with more torque. All variants come with a six-speed transmission although one can get an optional 7 speed on the 2.0-liter petrol and diesel options.


The Bottom Line

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class tech suite is much more adaptive and varied than the one of the BMW  1 series. Furthermore, the A-Class comes with a seven-speed auto transmission as standard while the BMW offers just six-speed transmission as standard. This makes the Mercedes-Benz A-Class a clear winner in this comparison.

Ready to Schedule a 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Test Drive Today?

At Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown, we offer a wide variety of Mercedes-Benz models for you to choose from, including the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class and we are more than happy to arrange for a test drive so that you can experience the stellar features of this vehicle. Call us today to make an appointment or simply pay us a visit at our showroom today!

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