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2013. - Production 2014. -
J - SUV Vehicle class J - SUV
suv, 5 door Body style suv, 5 door
4 x 4 Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4300 mm
Length 4417 mm
1765 mm
Width 1804 mm
1585 mm
Height 1494 mm
430 liters
Boot (min) 421 liters
875 liters
Boot (max) 1235 liters
50 liters
Fuel tank 50 liters
Engine
Renault / Nissan
1.5 dCi K9K 865
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1598 cc
Displacement 1461 cc
120 hp
Power 110 hp
300 Nm
Torque 240 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1280 kg
Vehicle weight 1295 kg
13.0 s
Acc. 0-100 11.3 s
175 km/h
Top speed 190 km/h
5.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 4.5 l/100km
3.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 3.3 l/100km
4.4 l/100km
Cons. (average) 3.8 l/100km
114 g/km
CO2 emissions 98 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 7 gears
kg
Vehicle weight 1325 kg
s
Acc. 0-100 11.6 s
km/h
Top speed 190 km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) 4.0 l/100km
g/km
CO2 emissions 103 g/km
Expenses
10900 EUR
Price from 31999 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by diesel engines and utilizing the 5-door suv body style within the same 'SUV' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (4 x 4 for the Suzuki and front in the case of the Mercedes Benz). The first one has a FIAT-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 120hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 110hp engine designed by Renault.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Suzuki is significantly less fault-prone, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Suzuki with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Mercedes Benz badge with 4.5 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed S-Cross as average reliability-wise, and GLA is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the Japanese car rank it on average as 4.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mercedes Benz is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.7 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 190 kilometers per hour, 15km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the German car, averaging around 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (74 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 16% difference compared to the Japanese car.

Verdict

Suzuki is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Mercedes Benz being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Mercedes Benz. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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