2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Vs Kia K5 GT-Line in a Drag Race

Giancarlo Perlas January 20, 2021

There was a time when a Mercedes-Benz car was seen as an “old man’s car”, and a Kia car was a laughing stock. Fast-forward today, the two have managed to shed off those brandings from critics thanks to their very attractive and reliable cars with good engine power. The Mercedes-Benz CLA was made to attract younger customers into the three-pointed star brand in 2013 while the Kia Optima has spawned the Kia K5 GT-Line whose top-range GT model can be seen as a much cheaper alternative to the BMW M3.

So what happens when the CLA 250 and the K5 GT-Line are pitted against each other? Sam CarLegion on YouTube recently raced them at a private closed road to satisfy our curiosity. Before anything else though, let’s take a look at the key specs of each car.

It should be noted that the cars featured here are not high-performance or top-trim variants as there are still the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and the Kia K5 GT above them.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

With a starting price of $37,850, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine of the CLA 250 produces 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. All that power is distributed to the front wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. The setup allows it to run from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.

Kia K5 GT-Line

Starting at $25,490, the 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine of the K5 GT peaks at 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The output is distributed to an all-wheel-drive system thru an eight-speed automatic transmission. The said configuration lets its sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.

The Race

Based on the numbers, the Merc appears to have a significant advantage against the Kia. Watch the video below to find out which car drives off with the bragging rights though.

About Author

Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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