The Highs and Lows of Comparisons
We have a lot of vehicles available on the Automobl Comparison Tool (ACT) now, more than 130 individual models made up of 700 different trim levels for the 2020 model year. Which means we can have some fun.
What if we take the lowest priced vehicle from the ACT and compare it with the highest priced vehicle we currently have. Will the lowest priced vehicle’s David beat the dollar number Goliath? Will Goliath slay David, re-writing Biblical history? Let’s find out.
First, here’s what we’re comparing. The 2020 Spark LS M/T5 is Chevrolet’s low-cost leader, tipping the scales at just under $10,000. It’s still amazing that anyone can put a vehicle on the road for under $10K, but then again, the market for this vehicle is extremely limited. The next trim level up for Spark is the LS CVT at just over $14,000. What do you get with the CVT version? An automatic transmission, air conditioning, and some interior trim highlights that will make the interior less of a sea of plastic. Certainly worth the upcharge, but if you can’t stretch to the $14K, then the Spark manual is just the ticket.
At the other end of the spectrum, is the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 three row, seven passenger SUV. What do the Spark and the GLS have in common? They’re both have hatchbacks. That’s about it. The only feature that isn’t surpassed on the GLS over the Spark is a driver’s knee air bag, and you can still manually plug in your phone to the audio system if you wish.
I’m not sure you could put a Spark in the back of the GLS, but it’d be close. At $120K, this is at the top end of the vehicles currently on the Automobl Comparison Tool. As befitting a top-of-the-line SUV from the three-pointed star, the GLS comes with exceptional horsepower, more torque and an impressive array of amenities and safety features.
Automobl Value Comparison: Spark vs GLS
Let’s have a look at the differences overall, in this short video. The features list is too long for a screen grab.
What about the inside and outside?
If we flip over to Measurements, we expect to see that the GLS is much larger in just about every category.
We don’t have hip and shoulder room figures for the GLS, nor up-to-date fuel consumption ratings from Natural Resources Canada at this time. We can pretty safely assume that the Spark will be far thrifter in fuel consumption. But, if you do want a vehicle with superior front legroom, the Spark will do the trick with 1059mm over the GLS’s 1024mm. Chalk one up for Spark!
And, the winner is:
Despite being outweighed in the feature department, Spark comes through mainly on the strength of it’s extremely low price. I’m not sure you could tell your local M-B dealer that you’re cross-shopping the Spark against the GLS and get them to reduce the price by $68,000 to equalize the Automobl Value Advantage, but you’re always welcome to try. Try some of your own extreme comparisons using the Automobl Comparison Tool, and see if you can come up with a value story that suits your pocket book or your funny bone.