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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2014. -
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2011. - 2014.
M - MPV
MPV, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4338 mm
1807 mm
1578 mm
500 liters
1520 liters
50 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4359 mm
1786 mm
1557 mm
486 liters
1545 liters
50 liters

Engine

Volkswagen
1.4 TFSI CAXC
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1390 cc
125 hp
200 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mercedes Benz
1.6 M270 DE16 AL LP
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1595 cc
122 hp
200 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1262 kg
9.9 s
200 km/h
6.9 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
125 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1295 kg
10.4 s
190 km/h
8.0 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
137 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 7 gears
1283 kg
9.9 s
200 km/h
6.2 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
121 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 7 gears
1325 kg
10.2 s
190 km/h
7.9 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
135 g/km

Expenses

9000 EUR
Price from
8750 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the mpv segment and utilize the same 5-door MPV body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 125hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 122hp engine designed by Mercedes Benz.

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 mpv segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, Mercedes Benz B offers a marginal difference of 3% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Volkswagen does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Volkswagen with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Mercedes Benz badge with 4.4 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Golf Sportsvan as average reliability-wise, and B 19% below the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as Golf Sportsvan rank it on average as 4.2, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Volkswagen is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 200 kilometers per hour, 10km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Volkswagen appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. 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, Mercedes Benz B offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Volkswagen offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Volkswagen. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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