We’re compelled to open up every comparison between a Kia model and a luxury model with the following: Ten years ago, Kia competing with Mercedes-Benz on anything would have been absurd. Kia, after all, built its history and legacy primarily on offering the lowest-priced models on the market. Only within the past decade has the brand acquired some key people to help change it into an industry leader. This transformation, however, has made it into a company that can contend with the most prestigious badges on the market.
Today, we’re comparing the refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage compact SUV to the Mercedes-Benz GLA to see which models offers more luxury in the form of features, confidence and capability. Let’s see how they do:
2020 Kia Sportage
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA
|2.4-liter 4-cylinder (regular)||Standard engine (fuel)||2.0-liter turbocharged (premium)|
|180 – 240||Horsepower range||208|
|17.4 feet||Turning circle radius||19.4 feet|
|1,500 lbs.||Towing capacity||Not recommended for towing|
|60.1 cubic feet||Maximum cargo volume||43.6 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||4 years/50,000 miles|
|$23,990||MSRP starts at||$33,950|
As you can see above, the 2020 Kia Sportage manages to pull ahead of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA in a few key areas that signify the brand’s new focus on luxury and value.
Although the standard engine falls a bit short of the horsepower ratings in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA, the available SX Turbo model (which is still less than the base 2019 GLA), offers more power and a lower 0-60 acceleration time.
Whichever trim of the 2020 Kia Sportage you choose, however, you’ll be in a vehicle with more interior space, more agility, more capability courtesy of the its towing capacity rating and a confidence-inspiring 10-year/100,000-mile engine warranty that dwarfs the Mercedes-Benz offering by more than twice as many years and twice as many miles.
If you’re anxious to try out high-value luxury for yourself, stop by Friendly Kia. Click below to contact us and schedule a test drive today!