Compare Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class vs. BMW 4-Series

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2014 BMW 4-Series
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2014 BMW 4-Series
CLA250 Coupe
  • CLA250 Coupe
  • CLA250 4MATIC Coupe
  • CLA45 AMG
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Convertible
  • Convertible


MSRP $29,900 $40,500  
Invoice $27,807 $37,260
Avg. Paid $27,951 $31,832

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.3 8.2  
Critics' Rating 8.0 9.6
Performance 8.3 9.3
Interior 6.2 7.7
Cost to Own 8.0 7.7
Safety N/A N/A
Reliability 3.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

  • Superb fuel economy
  • Agile handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Sharp handling
  • Cramped back seat
  • Rough ride on uneven pavement
  • COMAND infotainment system is difficult to use
  • Limited cabin storage

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122
MPG 26 City / 38 Hwy 23 City / 35 Hwy



Body Style Sedan Coupe  


Wheelbase(in) 106.3 110.6  
Length, Overall (in) 182.3 182.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70 71.9
Height, Overall (in) 56.6 54.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Dual Moonroof Optional  
Sun/Moon Roof Optional Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3262 3470  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional  
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 4  
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 39.8
Front Leg Room (in) 40.2 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56 55.3
Second Head Room (in) 35.4 36.1
Second Leg Room (in) 27.1 33.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.2 51.7
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.1 15.7


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional Standard  
Dual Zone A/C Optional Standard
A/C Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional  
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard


Cloth Seats Optional  
Leather Seats Optional Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Seat Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard
Lane Departure Warning Optional Optional


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard  
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement 2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 208 @ 5500 240 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 258 @ 1250 255 @ 1250
Transmission Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 36 37.1


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 35
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 15.8


Active Suspension System Optional  
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Optional
6-Speed Manual Optional

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.