There actually aren’t any small, premium, two-door, rear-wheel drive coupes in the identical section because the BMW 2 Collection. So if it’s going to compete with any vehicles for gross sales dominance, it’s going to compete with vehicles just like the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
The brand new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is clearly a four-door sedan with a swoopy roof and front-wheel drive, so not precisely an apples-to-apples comparability. Nonetheless, they each begin at across the similar value; $33,650 for the A-Class and $36,900 for the two Collection; they each have related engines and efficiency, they usually each seat 4 individuals kind of comfortably. Would the two Collection Gran Coupe be a greater comparability for the A-Class? In fact however the 2 Collection Coupe doesn’t actually have any pure rivals, so the A-Class must do.
Up entrance, the BMW 2 Collection is a little more attention-grabbing wanting than the A-Class. Whereas the Benz isn’t precisely unhealthy wanting, it’s only a bit vanilla. Its headlights are slanted and funky wanting however the grille is simply, properly, a grille and the entrance air intakes are fairly bland wanting. Whereas the two Collection has attention-grabbing headlights that nod to the unique BMW 2002, its kidney grilles are properly sized and remind me of the Z8’s, and it’s entrance air intakes are a bit sportier. To be honest, neither automotive’s face is especially fairly however I feel the two Collection is extra visually attention-grabbing.
In profile, each vehicles are fairly sporty wanting, for various causes. The BMW 2 Collection is a traditional three-box coupe, with rear-wheel drive proportions, whereas the A-Class is a glossy, sporty four-door sedan with a rakish roofline, and unconventional proportions. I feel the two Collection takes it right here as properly, attributable to its sportier vibe, because of its flared fenders and barely sharper shoulder line. Additionally, the 2er has a correct Hofmeister kink, which all the time provides any Bimmer design factors.
I feel the Mercedes-Benz A-Class fights again from the rear, although. Its taillights are extra elegant and prettier than the kind of misshapen wanting blobs behind the two Collection. The Bimmer’s rear diffuser can be unnecessarily giant, which simply appears odd. The Benz appears to have exhausts however they’re doubtless pretend, which is a bummer, however the remainder of it seems actually good. I like the two Collection from behind, as I feel it’s a much more cohesive design than a lot of BMW’s different latest vehicles, however I feel the A-Class has the nicer butt.
Inside, it’s Mercedes-Benz A-Class all day. Its design is way extra attention-grabbing, with its completely different dashboard layers, round air vents, and nightclub lighting. The two Collection’ cabin is okay, and might be even constructed higher, however when it comes to sheer design, the Bimmer has nothing on the presence of the Benz. Plus, the A-Class has superior tech, like augmented actuality navigation and a extremely customizable digital instrument panel.
In order that leaves the vehicles tied, with the Bimmer taking two wins and the Benz taking two wins. Although, I feel if I had to decide on between each vehicles, I’d take the two Collection. Whereas its design isn’t good, it’s not only a cookie-cutter BMW design on the surface (even whether it is on the within). Its face is exclusive to not solely the model however the trade, its taillights are odd however enjoyable wanting, and I additionally assume its easy design goes to age very well. I just like the A-Class, too, however I feel if it have been my cash, it’d be the two Collection.