2023 Kia Rio vs. 2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Review

Picture of the 2023 Kia Rio

2023 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $17,690
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Picture of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

2023 Mercedes-Benz
CLA 250

MSRP*: $39,350 to $41,350
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MPG - City 32 MPG 24 - 25 MPG
MPG - Hwy 41 MPG 33 - 36 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 120-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 221-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 120 hp 221 hp
Exterior Length 160.0 in 184.6 in
Exterior Width 67.9 in 72.0 in
Leg Room Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Front 41.8 in
Rear 33.9 in
Head Room Front 38.9 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 35.7 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Rio than the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Kia Rio and the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Rio as you will with the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Kia Rio is clearly a better financial choice over the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Kia Rio, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250.

Handling
The Kia Rio has a smaller turning radius than the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Rio is significantly less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Kia Rio has much less torque than the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Rio and the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250.