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[YesAuto Model PK] The two protagonists of today's confrontation reminded me of the two Bundesliga powerhouses that shine in this year's UEFA Champions League-Bayern Munich and Dortmund. In the automotive industry, BMW and Mercedes-Benz can also be said to be two business cards of Germany, and the competition between them is a topic that people talk about. From the 7 series and the S-class, the 5 series and the E-class to the 3 series and the C-class… the competition between the two brands extends to each market segment. The BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class entered the domestic market through official channels in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The BMW 1 Series was upgraded in 2011, while the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has not changed much. The high price makes it cold. On the eve of the Shanghai Auto Show this year, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has undergone a comprehensive upgrade. It is in urgent need to prove its strength to people. The best way is naturally to challenge its old rival BMW 1 Series.

Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Model and BMW 1 Series 116i Leading Guide Price
Model Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Type BMW 1 Series 116i Leading
Guide price (ten thousand) 25.20 26.20

The two models we compared this time are the Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Model and the BMW 1 Series 116i Leading Model. Their official guide prices are 252,000 and 262,000 respectively, with a price difference of 10,000 yuan ( Note: In order to make it easier for everyone to read, In the following, the Mercedes-Benz A180 fashion model is referred to as Mercedes-Benz A-class, and the BMW 1 Series 116i leading model is referred to as BMW 1 Series ).

● Appearance comparison:

For this level of models, the appearance must be eye-catching and individual, after all, most of their main purchasers are young consumers. The old Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been criticized for its old-fashioned styling. It can be said that enough lessons have been learned this time. The dynamic and fashionable body design gives people a feeling of change. Of course, the BMW 1 Series does not look like a messy guy.

Body size comparison between Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Model and BMW 1 Series 116i Leading Model
Model Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Type BMW 1 Series 116i Leading
Length (mm) 4292 4324
Width (mm) 1780 1765
Height (mm) 1433 1421
Wheelbase (mm) 2699 2690

In terms of body size, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is 32mm shorter than the BMW 1 Series in length, and the other three dimensions, including width, height and wheelbase, all have a slight advantage, 15mm, 12mm and 9mm more respectively. On the whole, the two models are very similar in size. The visual difference is more due to their respective design styles. I think the Mercedes-Benz A-Class looks more sharp, while the BMW 1 Series is slightly more stable and restrained.

In the choice of tires, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class uses Goodyear EfficientGrip tires, which are more comfortable, with a specification of 205/55 R16 and a market price of about 1,200 yuan/piece. The BMW 1 Series uses Pirelli Cinturato P7 tires, which have good grip. The specifications are also 205/55 R16, and the market price is about 1,100 yuan/piece. In addition, because both models use run-flat tires, they do not have a spare tire, which also makes room for the trunk.

The rear design style of both cars echoes the front face. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a stronger sense of bumps, and the wide spoiler, LED taillights, and crisp lower surround all add to it a lot. In contrast, the BMW 1 Series presents a different style, with staggered lines and a simple and flat rear end.

● Interior comparison:

The interior design styles of Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 1 Series are obviously biased towards sports. For most consumers, they may have different interior colors, but I believe that all-black interiors are the best choice.

The assembly process of the two models is naturally beyond doubt, but in terms of the softness of the center console, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class feels harder, and the BMW 1 Series has a better texture. In addition, the steering wheels of the two cars have a good grip. In terms of functions, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is more comprehensive. It integrates driving computer information control, audio control, and Bluetooth phone functions. Although the BMW 1 Series also has function buttons such as cruise control and Bluetooth phone, they are just decorations, which are optional configurations and cannot be used in fact.

Benz A180 Fashion and BMW 1 Series 116i Leading Sunroof Size Comparison
Model Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Type BMW 1 Series 116i Leading
Length (cm) 62 42
Width (cm) 74 72
Can be opened (cm) 38 37
Openable area (square meters) 0.2812 0.2662
Daylighting area (square meters) 0.4588 0.3024

In the sunroof configuration, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is equipped with a panoramic sunroof, while the BMW 1 Series is a conventional electric sunroof. Although their openable area is less than 0.02 square meters, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class with a length of 72cm is better than the BMW 1 Series. With an extra 20cm, the daylighting area has reached 0.4588 square meters, and the field of vision is naturally wider.

● Comparison of riding space:

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class seats are wrapped in leather on both sides and woven fabric in the middle, while the BMW 1 Series is entirely woven fabric. Judging from the actual ride experience, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has better wrapping properties, while the BMW 1 Series has relatively better comfort. There is no difference between the two models in terms of adjustment methods and functions. The main/passenger seat is manually adjusted. It is worth mentioning that, because the Mercedes-Benz A-Class's seat adopts an integrated design, the headrest cannot be adjusted freely like the BMW 1 Series. I don’t know which one do you like better?

Our experiencers are 179cm tall and have experienced the front and rear spaces of these two models respectively. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has two-finger headroom in the front row, which is slightly inferior to the four-finger BMW 1 Series. The rear legroom of the two models is not the same, and the headroom performance is not ideal. The BMW 1 Series is even better. There is no space left.

Although both models are equipped with rear central headrests, the convexity of the floor is believed to discourage many passengers. From the data we measured, the bulge height of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is 17cm, and the BMW 1 Series is even more exaggerated, reaching 23cm. Here we don’t need to laugh at fifty steps. For these two models, if you use the standards of a family car to demand them, then you are bound to be disappointed. Just be pure, they are just for fun.

● Comparison of storage space

After looking at the appearance, interior and seating space of the two cars, their performance levels are almost the same. Unless you are particularly fond of the design of one of them, I believe you are still more entangled in your heart. The comparison items on the next page are more intuitive and are very likely to be the winners and losers of both sides. First, let's take a look at the comparison of storage space.

There is a difference in the materials used for the door panels of the two models. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class with leather-wrapped armrests performs better in terms of texture. In terms of storage compartment design, the BMW 1 Series has a separate place for water bottles, and the longitudinal space is also large enough for better practicality. For it, the lack of storage compartments on the rear door panel is a major flaw, which also makes the Mercedes-Benz A-Class “cheap” in this round of comparison.

In terms of other storage space, the performance of the two models is very similar. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a special card slot, which can be used to place various cards when parking in the community and passing through toll stations. It is quite intimately designed. In addition, its central armrest box is deeper and more practical. The glove box of the BMW 1 Series is slightly larger than that of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It should be noted that both models are not equipped with the rear center armrest, which can be used to further improve the riding experience.

Comparison of trunk size between Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Model and BMW 1 Series 116i Leading Model
Model Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Type BMW 1 Series 116i Leading
Depth (mm) 700 790
Maximum depth (mm) 1500 1580
Width (mm) 1040 970
Height (mm) 685 710

We measured the trunks of the two cars separately. From the data point of view, the BMW 1 Series still has the upper hand, with obvious advantages in depth and height, and slightly inferior width. In addition, because they are equipped with run-flat tires, the place used to place the spare tire is vacated. This performance is not a problem for daily use.

● Configuration comparison:

Configuration comparison of Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Model and BMW 1 Series 116i Leading Model
Model Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Type BMW 1 Series 116i Leading
Parking brake type Electronic parking Handbrake
Knee airbag
Tire pressure monitoring device
Automatic parking
Front fog lights
Adjustable headlight height

In terms of safety configuration, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class equipped with knee airbags and tire pressure monitoring makes passengers and driving safety more secure. In addition, it uses electronic parking, which is more technological than the handbrake of the BMW 1 Series. In terms of lighting configuration, although the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has the function of adjusting the height of the headlights, it is a bit confusing to have no front fog lights, while the BMW 1 Series is equipped with it.

Configuration comparison of Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Model and BMW 1 Series 116i Leading Model
Model Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Type BMW 1 Series 116i Leading
Steering wheel shift
Keyless start system
Cruise control
Front parking radar
Rearview mirror heating
Induction wiper
Automatic parking

In the comparison of controllability and convenience configuration, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has obvious advantages. The shift paddles, cruise control, front parking radar, rear-view mirror heating, and automatic parking are all practical configurations, while the BMW 1 Series It only has one-button start and sensor wiper. It seems that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is well prepared, and the BMW 1 Series must work harder on low-end models.

● Power/drive/chassis comparison:

Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Model and BMW 1 Series 116i Leading Model Power/Gearbox/Chassis Comparison
Model Mercedes-Benz A180 Fashion Type BMW 1 Series 116i Leading
engine 1.6T 1.6T
Maximum horsepower (Ps) 122 136
Maximum power (kW) 90 100
Maximum torque (N·m) 200 220
Gearbox 7-speed dual clutch 8 gears and automatic integration
Drive way Front Predecessor Front rear drive
Front suspension type MacPherson independent suspension Front axle with double ball joint spring damping strut
Rear suspension type Four-link independent suspension Multi-link independent suspension

Both models are equipped with a 1.6T turbocharged engine. The BMW 1 Series has certain advantages in terms of parameters. The maximum power and maximum torque are respectively 14 horsepower (10kW) and 20N·m more than the Mercedes-Benz A-class. In addition, the gearboxes of the two models are different. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a 7-speed dual-clutch, and the BMW 1 Series has an 8-speed manual integrated. Obviously, it is reserved for those who have a certain pursuit of driving pleasure.

Unlike the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which is a front-wheel drive, the BMW 1 Series uses a rear-wheel drive that is rare in the same class. Of course, this is BMW’s tradition. In theory, it is much more flexible than the front-wheel drive model in terms of control, making the sport more pure. This is also the selling point of the BMW 1 Series.

In terms of chassis, the front suspensions of the two models are respectively Macpherson-style independent suspension and double ball joint spring shock strut front axle, while the rear suspensions are all multi-link independent suspensions. It is worth mentioning that the rear suspension of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class also uses an aluminum lower arm, which is not available in the BMW 1 Series.

● Full text summary:

The changes of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class make people happy. The handsome appearance and dynamic interior design are believed to be more popular with young consumers. In contrast, the styling of the BMW 1 Series is slightly restrained, but it is also not mediocre. Leave the evaluation of the appearance to everyone. In terms of riding experience, the performance of the rear seating space of the two models is not excellent, and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class seats are relatively more comfortable. The storage space of the BMW 1 Series is also inferior to that of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and the larger trunk volume saves it a bit of face.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2013 A180 Fashion Type

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Manufacturer's guide price

25.20 million

BMW 1 Series 2012 116i Leading Type

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Manufacturer's guide price

25.90 million

The configuration can be said to be the biggest advantage of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The panoramic sunroof, knee airbags, paddle shifters, cruise control, front parking radar and automatic parking are all very attractive and practical configurations. If you focus on comfort Sex and convenience, then the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is undoubtedly more attractive. The BMW 1 Series has excellent power parameters, coupled with the rear-wheel drive, I believe many friends are also moved by it.

Judging from the current market feedback, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has just been launched, and there is no preferential situation. The BMW 1 Series has certain price concessions, and the specific offers vary from region to region. Take Guangzhou as an example. It has a discount of nearly 10,000 yuan. Despite this, its price-performance ratio is still slightly inferior to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. On the whole, the late-engineer Mercedes-Benz A-Class still takes a look at the weaknesses of the BMW 1 Series. The overall quality of the performance is quite high. The BMW 1 Series seems to be nervous.

The article is not over yet, there are more detailed parameter configurations for comparing models at the back. Friends who are interested can click on the next page to continue to view. After reading the comparison, do you have more interest in them? If you are interested in ordering a car, you can click on the following link (click here for Mercedes-Benz A-Class, click here for BMW 1 Series), and there will be 4S shop jobs later The staff will contact you in time. If you want to know more about the discount information of the 4S store, please click here for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and click here for the BMW 1 Series.

Thanks to the following dealers for providing the photographed vehicles in the article——
Guangdong Renfu Yibang Automobile Sales Service Co., Ltd.

Address: No. 901, Zhongshan Avenue West, Tianhe District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province Tel: 400-868-8914

Guangzhou Baoyue Automobile Trading Co., Ltd.
Address: No. 205, Yingbin Road, Panyu, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province Tel: 400-868-8414