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

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

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Engine:

2.0L Inline-4

Horsepower:

208 hp

Torque:

258 ft-lbs

Fuel Economy:

24 city / 37 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

7-Speed Automated Manual

2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300

Engine:

2.0L Inline-4

Horsepower:

241 hp

Torque:

273 ft-lbs

Fuel Economy:

24 city / 33 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

9-Speed Shiftable Automatic

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

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Although Mercedes-Benz strictly produces luxury-oriented vehicles, you don’t necessarily need an awful lot of money to get one. The CLA and the C-Class are the two smallest and most affordable vehicles that the iconic German automaker provides. And with either passenger car there is little to no compromise on capabilities as a result of the lower cost. For the 2018 model year, the CLA – a subcompact four-door coupe that made its debut four years ago – has no major changes. By contrast, the C-Class, which has served as Mercedes-Benz’s compact car since 1993, has a host of enhancements and additions. There’s a brand-new 9-speed automatic transmission; rearview camera, proximity key, and push-button start are now standard; and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are now available. Ultimately, though, both the CLA and C-Class have the following in common:

Lively Performance

Both cars are the owners of potent engines that are the centerpieces of lively performances on the road. On the 2018 CLA, you can go with the standard 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) turbocharged engine, which produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. There’s the option, however, to upgrade to the handcrafted AMG® version, which produces 375 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. With the AMG® engine, 0-60 mph time is improved from a peak of 6.8 seconds to 4.1 seconds. A 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 also powers the larger C-Class vehicle, which is available as a two-door coupe and a four-door sedan. However, it produces 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and its peak 0-60 mph is 5.8 seconds.

Impressive Fuel Economy

Mainly because the engines are not huge or gas-guzzlers, the CLA and C-Class are relatively good in fuel efficiency. Complete with the standard front-wheel drivetrain and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the CLA provides 24 mpg in the city and 37 mpg* on the highway. You can maximize fuel economy on the C-Class to 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg* on the highway if you go with the sedan body style and have a powertrain configuration that consists of the 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, the standard rear-wheel-drive system, and the brand-new 9-speed automatic transmission.

Drivetrain Choices

With either the CLA or the C-Class, you are not stuck with just one type of drivetrain. When the CLA first came out, it made history as Mercedes-Benz’s first front-wheel-drive vehicle, although you have the option of going with the company’s 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive system for enhanced traction. That option is also available on the C-Class, which adheres to the company’s longstanding tradition of using rear-wheel drive as its standard drivetrain to enhance handling and stability (since the engine is placed in the front and power is funneled to the rear wheels).


To try out either the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA or the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – or both – come see us at our dealership in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Serving both residents of Kentucky and neighboring Ohio, our dealership has built a reputation for providing excellent customer service and a robust inventory of vehicles. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our Mercedes-Benz specialists.

* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.