Are you looking to turn heads when you cruise around town? Do you want onlookers to instantly become enthralled with your superior performance, safety, and interior features? If so, you’ll likely find yourself torn between the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA. With both coupes being major players in the luxury industry, how are you supposed to choose which is right for you?

Luckily for you, we here at BMW of Manhattan have studied both vehicles diligently and have put together this BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. Mercedes CLA comparison. After reading this, you’ll know which vehicle is right for you to take your travels to new levels in and around Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, NY. Let’s get started!

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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Engine Specs

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Performance

Gas Mileage & Performance Capabilities

Power is a big factor when it comes to driving a luxury coupe. Luckily for you, both the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLA are equipped with powerful engines. In fact, both are powered by a 2.0L turbo engine.

Comparing the standard engines of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. Mercedes CLA, you’ll notice that the Gran Coupe pumps out more power at 228 horsepower compared to the 221 horsepower of the CLA.

While this isn’t much of a difference, once you take a look at the optional M Performance TwinPower Turbo engine of the 2 Series Gran Coupe with 301 horsepower, the CLA just can’t compete, especially since only one engine is offered with the Mercedes-Benz CLA.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs Mercedes CLA: Engine Specs


2.0L BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo

Mercedes CLA

2.0L Turbo


301 HP

221 HP


331 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 MPH)

4.6 seconds

6.3 seconds


In terms of power, the Mercedes CLA just can’t compete with the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Although, when comparing the gas mileage of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. Mercedes CLA, you’ll be happy to know that both vehicles share similar fuel efficiencies with similar fuel tank sizes.

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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs Mercedes CLA: Interior Features

Inside your luxury coupe, you can sit back and relax thanks to the numerous interior features. Some of the features you’ll find with both luxury vehicles include:

  • Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Optional ambient interior lighting
  • Connective multimedia with features like Bluetooth® and Apple CarPlay®

While there are some similarities between the interior of these vehicles, there are also some differences. One major difference is the screen size of these vehicles. With the Mercedes CLA, you’ll get a standard 7-inch multimedia touchscreen. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, on the other hand, comes standard with an 8.8-inch multimedia touchscreen for even easier infotainment viewing.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Safety Features

Standard Safety Features

Since safety is the most important thing, you’ll find comprehensive safety packages with both coupes. Each system uses advanced technology—like cameras and sensors—to constantly monitor your range. Again, you’ll find similarities and differences between the two standard safety suites.

For example, both the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz CLA come with Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation. However, this is where the similarities end.

With the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, you’ll also have Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Warning, and Speed Limit Info. These features that come standard with BMW are only offered with a vehicle upgrade with the CLA.

Luxury Coupes: Which Will You Choose?

When you’re comparing the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. Mercedes CLA, you’ll find that both vehicles share some similarities. Although, taking a closer look you’ll find that the BMW offers more powerful performance with enhanced interior features, and a more comprehensive standard safety suite.

To learn more about this vehicle or to take it for a test drive around Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, New York, visit us at BMW of Manhattan today!

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