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2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

Picture of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz
A-Class

MSRP*: $33,650 to $35,650
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

MSRP*: $26,345 to $31,545
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Invoice* $31,631 to $33,511 $25,291 to $29,515
MPG - City 25 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 - 36 MPG 33 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 188-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 7-Speed A/T 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 188 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 179.1 in 185.2 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.8 in
Rear 33.9 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 40.3 in
Rear 37.2 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 37.2 in
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*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
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI than the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Convenience
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, making it more convenient to drive.

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). The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class will cost more in transportation costs than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Dimensions
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is about the same width as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is slightly shorter than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which may make it easier to park.

Handling
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
With its lower torque, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Warranty
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.