Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar F-PACE VS 2017 Mercedes GLA Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Jaguar F-PACE

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2017 Mercedes GLA

Safety Comparison

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Both the F-Pace and GLA have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The F-Pace has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GLA’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The F-Pace has standard Passive Front Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Passive Front Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The GLA doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the F-Pace. But it costs extra on the GLA.

The F-Pace R-Sport/S offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GLA only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the F-Pace’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLA doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Pace and the GLA 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, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and driver alert monitors.

The Jaguar F-Pace weighs 456 to 1205 pounds more than the Mercedes GLA. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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The F-Pace comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The GLA’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The F-Pace’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLA’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Pace for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLA.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the F-Pace has a standard 130-amp alternator. The GLA’s 115-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

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The F-Pace’s optional 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 132 more horsepower (340 vs. 208) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 258) than the GLA250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The F-Pace S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 5 more horsepower (380 vs. 375) than the GLA45 AMG’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The F-Pace’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (318 vs. 258) than the GLA250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jaguar F-Pace 35t is faster than the GLA250:

 

F-Pace

GLA

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.6 MPH

89.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Pace with its standard Diesel engine gets better fuel mileage than the GLA45 AMG (26 city/33 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

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

The F-Pace Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 250’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F-Pace’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 45 AMG’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the F-Pace’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GLA:

 

F-Pace

GLA

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

11.6 inches

The F-Pace’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.

The F-Pace stops much shorter than the GLA:

 

F-Pace

GLA

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the F-Pace has larger standard tires than the GLA (255/60R18 vs. 235/50R18). The F-Pace’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLA (265/40R22 vs. 235/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Pace offers optional 22-inch wheels. The GLA’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Pace’s wheelbase is 6.9 inches longer than on the GLA (113.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the F-Pace is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLA.

The F-Pace’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the GLA’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the F-Pace more stable handling and braking.

The F-Pace S handles at .88 G’s, while the GLA250 4MATIC pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-Pace executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the GLA250 4MATIC (25.9 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the F-Pace has a 3.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLA45 AMG (8.4 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the F-Pace to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-Pace’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the GLA250 (8.4 vs. 8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the F-Pace S is quieter than the GLA250 4MATIC (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The F-Pace has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLA (96 vs. 91).

The F-Pace has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 10.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the F-Pace’s available rear seats recline. The GLA’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The F-Pace has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (33.5 vs. 14.9 cubic feet). The F-Pace has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (63.5 vs. 41.8 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the F-Pace’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the F-Pace Prestige/R-Sport/S’ available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GLA doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The F-Pace Prestige/R-Sport/S offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GLA doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the F-Pace to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The GLA doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the F-Pace has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLA only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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

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

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the F-Pace offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The GLA doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the F-Pace and the GLA offer optional heated front seats. The F-Pace also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GLA.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the F-Pace Prestige/R-Sport/S keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The GLA doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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

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