2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs. 2024 MINI Hardtop Review

Picture of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

2023 Mercedes-Benz
CLA 250

MSRP*: $39,350 to $41,350
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Picture of the 2024 MINI Hardtop

2024 MINI
Hardtop

MSRP*: $25,800 to $35,400
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MPG - City 24 - 25 MPG 26 - 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 MPG 35 - 38 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 4 - 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 221-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 134-hp, 1.5-liter, 3 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 189-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Automatic, Manual
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 221 hp 134 - 228 hp
Exterior Length 184.6 in 152.2 - 159.1 in
Exterior Width 72.0 in 68.0 in
Leg Room Front 41.8 in
Rear 33.9 in
Front 41.4 in
Rear 30.8 - 32.3 in
Head Room Front 38.5 in
Rear 35.7 in
Front 38.3 - 38.6 in
Rear 36.4 - 36.6 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 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 than the MINI Hardtop. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and the MINI Hardtop in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 as you will with the MINI Hardtop, 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). The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the MINI Hardtop, which has a much lower MSRP.

Dimensions
Since the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is much wider than the MINI Hardtop, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the MINI Hardtop.

Handling
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 has about the same turning radius as the MINI Hardtop, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is somewhat more powerful than the MINI Hardtop.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the MINI Hardtop.

Utility
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 offers greater seating capacity than the MINI Hardtop, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around.