Compare 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs 2013 BMW 1-Series

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2013 BMW 1-Series
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4-Door Sedan FWD CLA 250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD CLA 250 26 38 $27,807 $29,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLA 250 24 32 $29,667 $31,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLA 45 AMG 23 31 $44,129 $47,450
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2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i N/A N/A $28,980 $31,500
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i N/A N/A $28,980 $31,500
2-Door Convertible 128i N/A N/A $34,225 $37,200
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i N/A N/A $34,225 $37,200
2-Door Coupe 135i N/A N/A $36,430 $39,600
2-Door Coupe 135is N/A N/A $40,065 $43,550
2-Door Convertible 135i N/A N/A $40,850 $44,400
2-Door Convertible 135is N/A N/A $44,390 $48,250
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,807
$28,980
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,900
$31,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$498 / month
$525 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
A scaled-down CLS with turbocharged performance, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA proves the car world is shrinking--even at the luxury level. The 2013 BMW 1-Series is part small luxury coupe, part sports car, and if you're okay with a tight interior and a sometimes-frustrating iDrive, you'll find happiness.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg N/A mpg
Highway
38 mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
27.1 32.000
Front Leg Room (in)
40.2 41.400
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Head Room (in)
35.4 37.100
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 53.400
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 37.900
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56 54.000
Front Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 86.000
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.6 56.000
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 59.600
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 104.700
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 68.800
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 58.300
Length, Overall (in)
182.3 172.200
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD -
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 10.000
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 11.800 x - TBD -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 11.800 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Brake Type
- Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.000
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 35.100
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 16.000
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
R02 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P205/50R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
R02 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P205/50R17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3262 3252
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
115 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1250 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
208 @ 5500 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Gas I6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 - TBD -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 - TBD -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 - TBD -
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.05 1.230
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Manual
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.05 0.850
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.86 4.320
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.13 3.230
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.67 1.660
Trans Type
7 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 1.000
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.940
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.43 2.460
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
- - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class BMW 1 Series
Body Style
Sedan Coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 (Est) - TBD -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- - TBD -

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