2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA

When it comes to finding the right Mercedes-Benz for your needs and lifestyle, there are plenty of options to choose from, each of which offers premium quality and unstoppable luxury. In this 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA comparison, we are going to check out two of the smaller options in the lineup. The compact 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available in either four-door sedan or two-door coupe body styles, with the sedan having a lower starting price. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA is available only as a four-door coupe which confidently combines elegant styling and practical dimensions.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA is considered the entry-level model in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. While it is an authentic Mercedes-Benz and comes loaded with premium features, several luxury options on the 2018 C-Class are not available on the smaller vehicle.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA
$40,250 Starting MSRP* $32,700
4-door compact sedan, 2-door compact coupe Body Styles 4-door compact coupe
241 hp, 273 lb-ft Base Engine Output 208 hp, 258 lb-ft
12.6 cubic feet Trunk Space 13.1 cubic feet

Powertrain Output and Interior Dimensions on the 2018 C-Class and 2018 CLA

The two models in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA comparison both have 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder base engines, but engine output that these models get from this displacement is significantly different. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 is rated for 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, while the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 offers 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This difference in engine output gives the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a slight edge in 0-60 mph acceleration speeds, while the smaller size of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA lets it get a couple more miles to the gallon when it comes to fuel economy.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is larger than the 2018 CLA, but where that enhanced space goes may surprise you. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 sedan actually has a smaller trunk than the CLA and similar front seat dimensions. However, second-row passengers will be grateful for an extra eight inches of leg room in the rear of the 2018 C-Class.

Would you like to learn more about how the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class or 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA can fit into your life? Contact a member of the Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City sales team today for more information or even schedule a test drive.

front grille view of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300
steering wheel and infotainment system of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300
rear close view of a white 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA
brown interior, driver cockpit, of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA

*MSRP for includes transportation charge. Excludes all options, taxes, title, registration, and dealer prep. Options, model availability, and price may vary.