2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs 2018 BMW 230i

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs 2018 BMW 230i

Looking for a perfect match? Car shoppers on a budget might be interested in a luxury coupe, as these models can often save drivers a lot of money. Mercedes-Benz and BMW both hail from the auto haven that is Germany, and they also offer some of the most popular luxury vehicles in the industry. Check out this matchup between the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs 2018 BMW 230i.

The performance comparison between these two might appear to be a little lopsided. The 230i gets about 40 more horsepower than the CLA, but that doesn’t come without a cost. The CLA 250 has a lower price tag and also gets better highway fuel efficiency. It also has a few other features unavailable in the 230i. Take a look at the table below.

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250


2018 BMW 230i

$32,700 MSRP $34,950
24 city/37 hwy mpg Fuel Efficiency 24 city/35 hwy mpg
7-Speed Automatic Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
208 Horsepower 248
258 lb-ft Torque 258 lb-ft
6.9 seconds 0 to 60 time Not Available
FWD Drivetrain FWD
8 Number of Airbags 7
Standard PRE-SAFE® Not Available
DISTRONIC PLUS® (Optional) Intelligent Cruise Control Optional
8 inches Entertainment Screen Size 7 inches
Standard Keyless Start Standard

Safety Features in the 2018 CLA 250

Here’s the part that most people overlook. When it comes to safety and security, most will often not give this area much of a look. It’s important to take safety into consideration though, and the team at Mercedes-Benz have done a good job of this. Aside from the five-star safety rating, it also has features that are unavailable in its rival. Industry firsts such as ATTENTION ASSIST® and PRE-SAFE® are working to keep you safe before a collision even occurs. ATTENTION ASSIST® is a Mercedes-Benz industry-first feature which will use a series of sensors to monitor your behavior behind the wheel. If it deems you too drowsy to drive, it will issue an audible and visual warning to pull over and take a rest. PRE-SAFE®, another Mercedes-Benz industry-first, works by looking out for potential collisions. When it deems a crash to be imminent, it will tighten the front seatbelt pretensioners and adjust the headrests while also closing all the windows and sunroof in an effort to brace the passengers for a catastrophe. These are just a few of the ways Mercedes-Benz is putting safety up front and center in the CLA 250.

Your next luxury sports coupe should be both inexpensive and a haven for safety. Can you say that about all of them? Probably not, so come check us out here at Mercedes-Benz of Indianapolis today to see what we have waiting for you in our inventory!

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