Comparison - Subaru Forester Limited 2018 - vs - Mercedes-Benz A-Class A 220 4MATIC 2019

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Average Price: 
29,395
Updated: 
18 Feb 2018
$
34,500
Updated: 
18 Feb 2019
Car Type: 
SUV
Car
Year: 
2018
2019
Total Seating: 
5
5
Transmission: 
Continuously Variable-speed Automatic
7-speed dual-clutch
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
no
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
15.90gals
13.50gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Crystal Black Silica
#3D393A
Crystal White Pearl
#E7E7E7
Dark Gray Metallic
#333333
Ice Silver Metallic
#686672
Jasmine Green Metallic
#777581
Quartz Blue Pearl
#365890
Venetian Red Pearl
#882A3A
Color: 
Cosmos Black Metallic
#23221e
Night Black
#000000
Polar White
#e7e8e2
Mountain Grey Metallic
#585657
Mojave Silver Metallic
#bfb7b7
Iridium Silver Metallic
#adb1b2
Digital White Metallic
#ffffff
Jupiter Red
#970802
Denim Blue Metallic
#2b4172

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The 2018 Subaru Forester ranked #5 in Compact SUVs. Currently the Subaru Forester has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 36 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Excellent cargo capacity
Spacious rear seats
Good mpg ratings, even with standard all-wheel drive
Many available safety features

Cons
Interior design and build quality trail some rivals'
Fewer tech features than rivals

By: 
usnews.com

The 2018 Subaru Forester continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.

Pros
Fun to drive, good ride
Excellent safety ratings and systems
Good outward visibility
Standard all-wheel drive
Peppy Turbo option, CVT among the best

Cons
Front seats small for some
Priciest trims still not that premium
No manual gearbox for turbo engine
Paddle shifters only on turbo

By: 
thecarconnection.com

For 2018, the Subaru Forester offers a new Black Edition trim package that adds black-finished wheels, body trim and grille. The interior also receives black cloth upholstery and black gloss dashboard trim. Limited trim levels also get a new cargo area cover, while Touring trims now include Subaru's EyeSight safety package as standard along with automatic high beams and reverse automatic braking.

PROS
All-wheel drive comes standard and doesn't sink fuel economy
High ground clearance offers better than average off-road ability
Airy interior with plenty of room for adults both front and rear
Optional turbocharged engine makes Forester very quick

CONS
Modest tow rating limits overall utility
Cabin design and materials are just average
Handling isn't as sporty as some rivals
CVT feels less responsive and refined than a traditional automatic

By: 
edmunds.com

The A-class sedan may be the smallest Mercedes-Benz sold in the United States, but it boasts high-tech features and a roomy cabin—more interior passenger space, in fact, than the longer the longer Mercedes-Benz CLA-class. The A-class also has subtle exterior styling that nicely incorporates Mercedes-Benz's new front-end design and focuses on aerodynamic efficiency. Unfortunately, its quest to maximize cabin space and the resulting stubby proportions compromise the overall aesthetic.

Pros
Roomy cabin,
overachieving powertrain,
sporty chassis.

Cons
Bland exterior styling,
ergonomics need work,
signature technology still in beta.

By: 
caranddriver.com

Mercedes takes a second aim at an entry-level sedan with the A-Class, and this time hits closer to the mark.

Pros
Roomy interior for the size
Value pricing
Lots of safety tech
Cutting-edge control interface
Conservative good looks

Cons
Front-drive Mercedes still seems wrong
Safety adds significantly to cost
Just one model and powertrain

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The A-Class is an all-new model.Part of the first A-Class generation (for the U.S.) introduced for 2019.In golfing terms, you could say the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a mulligan. Mercedes' previous entry-level sedan, the CLA, was a hook into the rough because of its middling driving experience, mediocre comfort and uninspiring build quality.

Pros
Excellent blend of comfort and performance
Classy interior design and high-quality cabin
MBUX infotainment system works great

Cons
Noticeable amount of wind noise
Some advanced safety features are oversensitive

By: 
edmunds.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
26.00mpg
25.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
32.00mpg
33.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
16
16
Cylinders: 
4
Flat
4
inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
2.50L
2.00L
Torque: 
174ft-lbs
at 4 100rpm
221ft-lbs
at 1 250rpm
Horsepower: 
170hp
at 5 800rpm
188hp
at 5 800rpm
Turning Circle: 
34.80Feet
36.10Feet
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
no
Seatback Storage: 
yes
no
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
no
no
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Cargo Floor Mats
leather steering wheel
keyless ignition

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
181.50in
179.10in
Width: 
70.70in
70.70in
Height: 
68.20in
56.90in
Ground Clearance: 
8.70in
Wheel Base: 
103.90in
107.40in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
40.00
40.30
Front Hip Room: 
53.90in
Front Leg Room: 
43.00in
41.80in
Front Shoulder Room: 
57.00in
55.10in
Rear Head Room: 
37.50
37.20
Rear Hip Room: 
53.00in
Rear leg room: 
38.00in
33.90in
Rear Shoulder room: 
56.50in
54.00in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
68.50cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
1500lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
31.50cu.ft
8.60cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
23.00degrees
Angle of Departure: 
25.00degrees
Curb Weight: 
3455.00lbs
3417.00lbs

Instruments

Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
no
no
More Instruments: 
Center limited slip differential

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Heated mirrors
2 one-touch power windows
Heated mirrors
4 One-Touch Power Windows

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
no
Front Seats Features: 
8 -way power driver seat
Height adjustable passenger seat
Bucket front seats
Height adjustable driver seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
4-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment
Leather
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
bucket front seats
height adjustable passenger seat
leatherette
8 -way power passenger seat
height adjustable driver seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
8 -way power driver seat
Passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support
driver seat thigh extension
Rear Seats Features: 
Reclining rear seats
Folding center armrest
Split-folding rear seatback
rear ventilation ducts
Split-folding rear seatback
folding center armrest

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front stabilizer bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear stabilizer bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-wheel independent suspension
four-wheel independent suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Leather Steering Wheel
Interior Air Filtration
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
no
no
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
6 total speakers
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
USB connection
auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
USB connection

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
no
More in Glass and Roof: 
Intermittent rear wiper
Variable intermittent wipers
Roof rack
Power glass sunroof
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
17 x 7.0
17 X 6.5 In.
Wheels more: 
Inside mounted spare tire
Temporary spare tire
All season tires
Run flat tires
alloy wheels
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
60
Diameter: 
R17
Width: 
205.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R17

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Front ventilated disc brakes
Ventilated front disc brakes
Rear brakes: 
rear ventilated disc brakes
solid rear disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
no
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Security System Shock Sensor
Rear center 3-point belt
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Post-collision safety system
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Blind-Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System
4-Wheel ABS
2 Front Headrests
3 Rear Headrests
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
remote anti-theft alarm system
pre-collision safety system
brake drying
emergency braking preparation
Rear center 3-point belt
post-collision safety system
Rear fixed headrests
LED headlamp

Options

Packages: 
Standard Model - 2.5i Limited
Popular Package #2
EyeSight, Navigation System, Audio W/Harmon Kardon Amplifier And Speakers
Navigation System, Audio W/Harmon Kardon Amplifier And Speakers
AMG Line
Driver Assistance Package
Premium Package
Exterior Lighting Package
Multimedia Package
Parking Assistance Package
AMG Line w/Night Package
Exterior Options: 
Wheel Lock Kit (Alloy Wheels)
Body Side Molding Kit Ice Silver Metallic
Wheel Arch Moldings
Body Side Molding Kit Dark Gray Metallic
Door Edge Guard Crystal Black Silica
Door Edge Guard Ice Silver Metallic
Door Edge Guard Crystal White Pearl
Door Edge Guard Jasmine Green
Splash Guards
Rear Bumper Cover
Door Edge Guard Quartz Blue Pearl
Door Edge Guard Venetian Red Pearl
Front Bumper Underguard
Cross Bar Set - Aero
Sport Grille
Trailer Hitch And Harness
Body Side Molding Kit Jasmine Green
Door Edge Guard Dark Gray Metallic
Rear Bumper Underguard
Body Side Molding Kit Venetian Red
Body Side Molding Kit Crystal Black Silica
Body Side Molding Kit Quartz Blue Pearl
Body Side Molding Kit Crystal White Pearl
18" AMG Twin 5-Spoke Wheels
18" AMG Twin 5-Spoke Wheels w/Black Accents
19" AMG Multispoke Wheels
19" AMG Black Multispoke Wheels
18" 5-Spoke Wheels w/Black Accents
Interior Options: 
Compartment Separator
Cargo Net Rear Seat Back
Sunshade
Cargo Net Side
Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass
Cargo Net Rear
Tweeter Kit
Rear Seat Back Protector
All-Weather Floor Mats
STI Leather Shift Knob CVT
Footwell Illumination Kit - red
Kicker Audio Upgrade Package
Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass and Homelink
Speaker Kit
Side Still Plate-Front
Interior & Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror W/ Approach Lighting & Blind Spot Detection
Interior & Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror W/ Homelink & Approach Lighting & Blind Spot Detection
Head-Up Display
Burmester Surround Sound System
KEYLESS-GO
Heated Steering Wheel
Garage Door Opener
Multicontour Front Seats
SiriusXM Radio
64-Color LED Ambient Lighting w/Illuminated Vents
Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
Heated Front Seats
Inductive Wireless Charging and NFC Pairing

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Black, cloth
#343436
Gray, cloth
#A9A6A3
Color: 
Bahia Brown, leather
#50372a
Black, leather
#000000
Neva Grey/Black, leatherette
#a5acb4
Black w/Red Stitching, leatherette/suede
#000000
Titanium Grey/Black, leather
#71706e
Classic Red/Black, leather
#993238
Macchiato Beige, leatherette
#e2dddd
Black, leatherette
#000000