Mercedes-Benz is a giant car manufacturer that has established a stable reputation in the car markets worldwide through astonishing cars that come in different designs. The history of Mercedes cars runs way back in time and even then, Mercedes-Benz had set the base for many other car manufacturers to look up to. Mercedes-Benz A-Class and C-Class take us back to the ’90s where the subcompact and compact executive cars were introduced in the market to serve a diverse group of people across the world. Mercedes-Benz gave its customers ample room to choose between a hatchback, wagon, sedan, cabriolet, or a coupe offering maximum comfort and power to take over the road.
If you are looking to purchase either a Mercedes-Benz C-Class or A-Class and still can’t decide on which car is a better option, below is a detailed comparison of the two.
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of January 2021.)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Capacity / Doors 5 seats (sedan) / 4 doors,
4 seats (Coupes, Convertibles) / 2 doors
Average Fuel Economy -9.6kmpl to 12.6 kmpl
-12.6 kmpl (Automatic Diesel variant)
-11.9 kmpl (Automatic Petrol variant)
-15.5 to 20.0 kmpl
Key Features Power steering, AC, Alloy Wheels,
Engine Start Stop Button
Fog Lights, Power Window Front,
Multi-function Steering Wheel, Airbags
Average Used Pricing $1,080 - $7,400 $580 - $99,100
Interior and Exterior Comparison
Mercedes Benz cars come with outstanding designs in different models and the C-Class is nothing short of that. It comes with a striking exterior and a remarkable interior design that commands full attention at first glance.
The exterior comes with 17” to 20” alloy wheels, a variety of grille designs, all integrating the iconic star, AMG Line and Night Package (C300), LED headlamps and taillamps, LED intelligent Light System, power sunroof, Panorama roof, or 3-layer fabric power soft top.
The C-Class comes with a luxurious interior equipped with technology for maximum control while driving as well as safety. It offers sport seating for up to four people in the Coupes and Cabriolets with controls and displays that connect you with agile handling and abundant torque.
The front seats come with a 3-position driver-seat memory, 3-position front passengers-seat memory, individual rear seats, and 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks. For convenience while on the road, it is designed with a telescoping steering column and multifunction steering wheel with touch control buttons. For entertainment, the C-Class comes with a 7” high-resolution color center display in the C300 Sedans and a 10.25” high-resolution color center display in the AMG sedans and all coupes.
For safety and security, it comes with SmartKey remote locking with KEYLESS-START, Active Brake Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, PRE-SAFE, and 8 airbags and 10 on Cabriolets.
Coming from the same manufacturer, the A-Class does not sit far from the C-Class in terms of design, performance, technology, comfort, and more. The A-Class comes with a striking exterior pimped Night package with 100% LED lighting along 17” to 19” alloy wheels.
The interior also comes in 100% LED lights along 64-color LED ambient cabin lighting with illuminated dash vents. While driving, enjoy the flexibility to either view the sky or block the sunlight with the panorama roof.
The dashboard is nicely decorated with dual 7” or 10”25” color screens for instruments and multimedia with touchscreen and control buttons where you can easily access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It comes with power front seats with memory, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats with center armrest and cupholders.
Mercedes enabled the A-Class with a KEYLESS-GO and HANDS-FREE ACCESS trunk lid to ease the entry and exit of both people and access to the trunk. For safety and security, Mercedes equipped the A-Class with a range of features that supports the driver while on the road at all times in order to avoid accidents.
The A-Class comes with rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, or multi camera Surround View System which plays a key role in parking and reverse, ATTENTION ASSIST which calls in emergency situations, Active Lane Change Assist, and Hand-free Active Parking Assist to assist you after a long day of placing your hands on the wheel.
C 300 models: These models come with 2.0 L inline-4 turbo with Direct injection engines powered by a 255 hp @ 5,800-6,100 rpm and 273 lb-ft @ 1,800-4,000 rpm. On the other hand, they are equipped with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed with shift paddles and an acceleration rate of 5.7 seconds for sedans (RWD and 4MATIC), 5.9 seconds for Coupes (RWD and 4MATIC), and 6.1 seconds for Cabriolet (RWD) or 6.2 seconds (4MATIC).
AMG C43 models: These models come with 3.0L V6 Biturbo with Direct Injection engines powered by a 385 hp @ 6,100 rpm and 384 lb-ft @ 2,500 -5,000 rpm along the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed with shift paddles and an acceleration rate of 4.5 seconds for Sedans and Coupes, and 4.6 seconds for the Cabriolets models.
AMG C 63 models: These models come with handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Direct Injection engines powered by 469 hp @ 5,500-6,250 rpm and a 469 lb-ft @1,750-4,500 rpm along AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed with shift paddles and an acceleration of 3.9 seconds in Sedans, 3.8 seconds in Coupes, and 4.0 seconds in Cabriolets.
AMG C 63 S models: These models come with handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Direct Injection powered by a 503 hp @ 5,500-6,250 rpm and 516 lb-ft @ 2,000-4,500 rpm along the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed with shift paddles and an acceleration rate of 3.8 seconds for Sedans, 3.7 seconds for Coupes, and 3.9 seconds for Cabriolets.
A220 Sedan: This model offers a 2.0L inline‑4 turbo with a Direct Injection engine with 188 hp @ 5,800 rpm 221 lb‑ft @ 1,250–4,000 rpm along with a 7G‑DCT dual-clutch 7-speed with shift paddles, offering an acceleration rate of 7.1 seconds.
A220 4MATIC: This model offers a 2.0L inline‑4 turbo with a Direct Injection engine with 188 hp @ 5,800 rpm 221 lb‑ft @ 1,250–4,000 rpm along a 7G‑DCT dual-clutch 7-speed with shift paddles, offering an acceleration rate of 7.1 seconds.
The legendary Mercedes-Benz A-Class and C-Class offer maximum strength from both series whereby the A-Class comes with economical benefits from being cost-effective, efficient, and comes with many technological features. On the other hand, the C-Class offers a stronger engine and a wide range of features that make it uniquely interesting to try out. If you are looking to purchase either of the two cars, be sure to visit BE FORWARD.
Written by: Sharon-Rose Emmanuel Nanyaro