Compare 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


2.0L Turbo I-4 2.0L Turbo I-4


188 hp 255 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

25/36 * 23/35 *

  0-60 mph

7.1 seconds ** 5.7 seconds **

2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Serving Urbandale, IA

The sophisticated style and modern amenities in today’s Mercedes-Benz sedans make them easy to fall in love with. Still, you must narrow down your options to a single car before you can finalize your next auto purchase at Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines. For local shoppers interested in a smaller luxury sedan, the A-Class and the C-Class hold bold appeal. The A-Class is a smaller and more affordable subcompact executive sedan than the compact C-Class, and these factors only scratch the surface of their differences.


At the base trim levels, the A-Class and the C-Class are both outfitted with a 2.0-liter, I-4 turbo engine with available 4MATIC® all-wheel drive. While they have the same engine, their various other mechanical features impact performance capabilities. The A-Class receives 188 horsepower from this engine, and it accelerates up to 60 miles per hour in 7.1 seconds. The C-Class, on the other hand, draws 255 horsepower from the I-4 turbo engine. It reaches 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds.


These sedans both have a single-bar grille with a large Mercedes-Benz logo. They also both have a stunning LED ribbon that outlines the top of the headlights. However, they have different grille mesh patterns and wheel designs. The A-Class’s roofline trends directly toward the trunk lid and the side accents angle upward slightly. The C-Class has a more well-defined roof with stronger side accents that fade toward each other.


These 2021 models are loaded with individualized style and premium features. The A-Class has dual digital display screens integrating the instrumentation panel with the infotainment system and other controls. The C-Class separates these screens and adds woodgrain accents. Both vehicles have heating elements for the seats and steering wheel, smart device integration, round air vents, several color options for the interior light, premium materials, and other equipment.

Our inventory at Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines is consistently outfitted with attractive options for you to admire and to compare in person. To schedule your test drive of the A-Class and the C-Class, contact our sales reps soon.

* EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.

** Stated rates of acceleration are based upon manufacturer’s track results and may vary depending on model, environmental and road surface conditions, driving style, elevation and vehicle load.