2020 BMW 2 Series vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe Comparison in Norwalk, CA

BMW has a history of creating cars that are perfectly tailored to performance enthusiasts and fans of state-of-the-art comfort alike, which is why BMW is known as the Ultimate Driving Machine. The 2020 BMW 2 Series is a perfect embodiment of this philosophy. On its own, it stands above the crowd of other small luxury cars, but its impressiveness really becomes evident when you compare it to a competitor like the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe. The Mercedes may have been redesigned for 2020, but it still lacks much of what makes the BMW 2 Series an effortless classic. We'll compare some key features of these cars below, but don't feel like you have to take our word for it: let the experience speak for itself. Take the BMW 2 Series for a test drive and experience all that it has to offer for yourself.

BMW 2 Series Coupe driving in a town

2020 BMW 2 Series vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe: Body Styles

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe is what Mercedes calls a "4-door coupe." This means that it has coupe-like styling, but also has four doors. For this body style, BMW uses the term "Gran Coupe," and it's one of the three designs in which the BMW 2 Series is available. If you prefer the traditional two-door Coupe arrangement, the BMW 2 Series Coupe is right up your alley. Or, experience the freedom that comes from the BMW 2 Series Convertible. You'll find that the Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe lacks these distinct body styles.

BMW 2 Series headlights and fog lights

2020 BMW 2 Series vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe: Design Features

Though the level of choice that the BMW offers is certainly a benefit, it's far from the only one. Every 2020 BMW 2 Series comes equipped with features like LED fog lights, which are unavailable on the Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe. The design differences don't stop on the outside: step inside the BMW 2 Series and you'll be greeted by a driver-oriented cockpit complete with 10-way power front seats. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz, by comparison, comes with 8-way power front seats.

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BMW 2 Series engine

2020 BMW 2 Series vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe: Performance

When you get behind the wheel and step on the accelerator, the differences between these two cars become even more apparent. The Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, enabling it to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. We'll admit that the torque is impressive, and it's identical to the torque put out by the turbocharged engine in the BMW 2 Series. However, the 2 Series also generates 248 horsepower. With a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.3 seconds, the entry-level BMW 230i Coupe far outpaces the Mercedes-Benz. If you prefer the four-door body style, the BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe is still a little faster than the Mercedes-Benz, with a 0-60 mph acceleration of 6 seconds. But it's also equipped with xDrive all-wheel drive!

While we're on the topic of drivetrains, it's true that both the BMW 2 Series and the Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe offer all-wheel drive. However, the standard drivetrains of these vehicles are very different. In the BMW 2 Series, you'll get a sporty rear-wheel drive. This means that you'll get punchier acceleration and a lack of torque steer in the BMW 2 Series.

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2020 BMW 2 Series vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe: Value

Not only does the BMW 2 Series provide you with more than the Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe, but it does it at a lower price. The starting MSRP of the 2020 BMW 2 Series Coupe is $1,350 less than that of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe. Though the Gran Coupe and Convertible models do cost more, they each have their own particular benefits, as well. We look forward to showing you the BMW difference at McKenna BMW in Norwalk.

2020 BMW 2 Series2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe
$35,300Starting MSRP*$36,650
258 lb.-ft.Torque258 lb.-ft.
5.6 Seconds0-60 mph Acceleration6.3 Seconds
8-Speed Sport Automatic TransmissionTransmission7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission
34 Highway / 23 CityGas Mileage (MPG)35 Highway / 25 City
Rear-Wheel DriveDrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive
2-Door Coupe, 4-Door Gran Coupe, 2-Door ConvertibleBody Styles4-Door Coupe
10-Way Power SeatsFront Seats8-Way Power Seats
StandardLED Fog LightsNot Available

*MSRP excludes destination & handling fee of $995, tax, title, license, and registration.