BMW X1 vs. Mercedes GLA Front - Comparison #1

BMW X1 vs. Mercedes GLA
Comparison illustrates design differences and should not be used or understood as a contrasting of advantages of one model over another. Lighting, shooting angle and other factors may affect the appearance of the model.

X1 versus GLA

With the introduction of its second generation X1, BMW now has some competition from Mercedes-Benz.

US buyers have only one engine option for both compact luxury SUV, a 2-liter inline-4. But Mercedes comes with an entry-level rear wheel drive system, which cuts the price of GLA 4MATIC by $2k.

On the paper BMW produces 20 more horsepower than the Benz - while the torque is the same for both - which accelerates the SUV from zero to 60 mpg in impressing 6.3 seconds. That's about a second faster than GLA 4MATIC.

But size is where X1 really trump GLA. Despite having a longer wheelbase, GLA's lower roof line and rear end design have compromised the interior room. That results in having less trunk space and passenger room when compared to X1's.

Specification Comparison

2016 BMW X12016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
TrimXDrive28i SUV
  • GLA250 SUV
MSRP$34,800$32,500 - $34,500
Engine2.0L Inline-4 Turbo2.0L Inline-4 Turbo
Power228 hp208 hp
Torque258 lb-ft258 lb-ft
Transmission8-Speed Automatic7-Speed Automatic
DrivetrainAll Wheel Drive
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Front Wheel Drive
0 to 60 mph6.3 sec7.1 - 7.2 sec
Fuel Consumption
MPG (City / Comb. / Hw.)22 / 26 / 32 24 - 25 / 27 - 29 / 32 - 35
Tank Capacity16.1 gal13.2 gal
Exterior Dimensions
Width81.1 in79.6 in
Width w/o Mirrors71.1 in71.0 in
Length175.4 in173.9 in
Height62.5 in60.0 in
Min. Ride Height7.2 in-
Wheelbase105.1 in106.3 in
Interior Dimensions
First Row Leg Room40.4 in41.9 in
First Row Head Room41.9 in38.4 in
First Row Shoulder Room55.6 in56.0 in
Second Row Leg Room37.0 in33.9 in
Second Row Head Room39.4 in35.4 in
Second Row Shoulder Room55.2 in53.2 in

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