|Mercedes-Benz GLA||Mercedes-Benz GLK|
|Compact Crossover||Class||Midsize Crossover|
|2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder||Engine||3.5L V-6|
|3,318 lbs.||Curb Weight||4,068 lbs.|
|Starts at $33,300*||MSRP||Starts at $37,900*|
Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK
When automakers release new models, like Mercedes-Benz is doing with the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, many of you are left wondering exactly where they fit into the vehicle lineup. While you may have a high-level understanding of some of the top features and new performance attributes, you may not have a clear comprehension of how the new GLA compares to its fleet mates. With that in mind, we’ll compare the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK to show you how they stack up in terms of size, performance, price and utility.
Where Does the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class fit?
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class will be the smallest utility vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. Much like the CLA-Class is the entry-level Mercedes-Benz sedan, the GLA-Class will serve a similar purpose in the utility segment. Classified as a compact luxury crossover, the Mercedes-Benz GLA will compete in a rapidly growing segment against models like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Lexus NX 200t.
In terms of size, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA is approximately 5 inches shorter in length and 8 inches shorter in height. Although both vehicles have space for five passengers, the GLA’s smaller stature makes it a bit less spacious than the GLK-Class. On the other hand, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA is a lot lighter than the GLK-Class with 4MATIC models weighing 3,318 lbs., about 700 pounds lighter than the Mercedes-Benz GLK350.
The smaller, lighter GLA-Class will also return higher fuel-economy ratings. Although official EPA estimates haven’t yet been made available, both 4MATIC and front-wheel drive models will easily exceed the 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway Mercedes-Benz GLK ratings.
Of course, curb weight and size aren’t the only characteristics that impact fuel economy. Under the hood, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA hosts a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated for 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The larger Mercedes-Benz GLK350 turns to a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 that returns 273 pound-feet of torque.
While the Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK comparison is useful in understanding where the GLA-Class fits in the 2015 lineup, they are two very different vehicles designed for different groups of drivers. Find out which is right for you by getting behind the wheel at Loeber Motors.
* Excludes all options, taxes, title, registration, $925 transportation charge, and dealer prep fee.