|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
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.