Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Mercedes GLA-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Mercedes GLA-Class

Safety Comparison

Both the X1 and the GLA-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The X1’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the GLA-Class’ (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLA-Class.

There are over 12 percent more BMW dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (240 vs. 208) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the GLA250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the X1 xDrive28i is faster than the GLA250:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

89.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLA-Class doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The X1 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA-Class (16.6 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the GLA250 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLA45 AMG’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GLA-Class doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GLA250 suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the GLA-Class (108.7 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

The X1’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.4% to 50.6%) than the GLA-Class’ (60% to 40%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the GLA-Class’ (37.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The X1 xDrive’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the GLA-Class’ (38.7 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a 2.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLA45 AMG (7.6 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X1 has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA-Class.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s rear seats recline. The GLA-Class’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X1 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLA-Class with its rear seat folded (47.7 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X1 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLA-Class doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X1 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GLA-Class doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X1 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The GLA-Class doesn’t offer cornering lights. The X1 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

On extremely cold Winter days, the X1’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The GLA-Class doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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