2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2015 BMW X1
2015 Mercedes-Benz  2015 BMW X1
7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
18 inch Wheels 17 inch
3,318 lbs. (4MATIC models) Curb Weight 3,527 lbs.
24 city/32 highway Fuel Economy 23 city / 34 highway

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2015 BMW X1

 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2015 BMW X1

The introduction of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class highlighted the desire for more compact vehicles in the luxury segment. To further cater to those drivers, Mercedes-Benz has introduced the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA — a compact crossover that delivers the performance of Mercedes-Benz with the fuel-efficiency and family-friendly features of a small utility vehicle. But the GLA isn’t alone in its conquest to capture the rapidly growing compact crossover segment.

That’s why we’re taking the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2015 BMW X1 and putting them side by side so you can see which model best fits your wants and needs.

A Passion for Performance

In its base configuration, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 hosts a turbocharged 208-horsepower four-cylinder engine with direct injection and rapid multispark ignition. With fuel-saving start-stop technology, efficiency is a priority, but not at the expense of performance. Of course, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA is equipped with the 4MATIC® all-wheel drive system that features an off-road mode for the more adventurous drivers, however a front-wheel drive version will be available in early 2015. With 258 pound-feet of torque, the GLA-Class delivers plenty of strength for traveling off the beaten path.

The 2015 BMW X1 is equipped with a similar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but one that makes 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The mild power gains will likely be mitigated with lower fuel-economy ratings, as the GLA is more than 200 pounds lighter than the X1. It’s also important to note the BMW X1 features rear-wheel drive rather than the flexible 4MATIC all-wheel drive system in the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Which Compact Crossover Delivers For You?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA comes with a number of standard features that you can’t find in the BMW X1. With larger wheels, abundant connectivity options, a power liftgate and rain-sensing wipers, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA is built for convenience and comfort. With an added Driver assistance package, the GLA-Class also features standard Attention Assist, which monitors 70 aspects of driver behavior and alerts drivers visual and audio queues if it detects drowsiness on a long trip.

Of course, the best way to compare the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. BMW X1 is to do so for yourself behind the wheel. Be one of the first to drive the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA by scheduling a test drive at Loeber Motors.

 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2015 BMW X1
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