Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 BMW X1 VS 2018 Mercedes GLA Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2018 BMW X1

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2018 Mercedes GLA

Safety Comparison

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Both the X1 and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rear parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 120 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLA has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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The X1’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLA’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW 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 X1 has a standard 150-amp alternator. The GLA’s 115-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 9 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine Comparison

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The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (228 vs. 208) than the GLA 250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the GLA 250:

 

X1

GLA

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

89.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 xDrive28i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLA 45 4MATIC Auto 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (375 HP) (22 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

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

The X1 has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 250’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The X1 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 45 AMG’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X1’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the GLA:

 

X1

GLA

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

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 GLA 250 are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops shorter than the GLA:

 

X1

GLA

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the GLA.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GLA 250 suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The X1’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.5% to 43.5%) than the GLA’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the GLA 250 4MATIC pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the X1 has a 2.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLA 45 (7.2 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the X1 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The X1’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the GLA 250 (7.2 vs. 5.3 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the X1 xDrive28i is quieter than the GLA 250 4MATIC (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X1 has 10.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLA (101.2 vs. 91).

The X1 has 3.5 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 4 inches more rear headroom, 9.9 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X1 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X1’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X1 offers an optional heads-up display that 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.

Consumer Reports rated the X1’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the GLA’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

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 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The GLA’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The X1’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

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 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X1 with a number “5” insurance rate while the GLA is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the GLA because typical repairs cost much less on the X1 than the GLA, including $170 less for a water pump, $87 less for an alternator, $81 less for front brake pads, $188 less for a starter, $116 less for fuel injection, $100 less for front struts and $274 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes GLA isn't recommended.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its September 2016 issue and they ranked the BMW X1 xDrive28i first. They ranked the Mercedes GLA 250 4MATIC third.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GLA isn’t in the top three.

The BMW X1 outsold the Mercedes GLA by 13% during 2016.

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