2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class vs. Its Competition

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA immediately faces off against two existing vehicles: the BMW X1, and likely the Range Rover Evoque, as it enters showrooms.

But the three cars look and present in sharply different ways; the GLA has aggressive flourishes on its smooth hatchback shape, the X1 is a much more traditional tall utility wagon, and the Evoque is even more of an urban style statement--with its long, low profile--than the Mercedes.

The versatile Evoque offers a low-volume two-door version as well, and its powertrain is fuel-efficient if coarse.

Along with the GLA, three new models enter the fast-growing segment this year.

First is the Audi Q3, which Mercedes identifies as one of the GLA's two closest competitors along with the X1.

The Q3 a smaller clone of the well-respected Q5, and like the GLA, it's based on front-wheel-drive underpinnings.

There's also the Lexus NX, a more traditionally sized compact SUV with considerably more cargo space but almost none of the driving dynamics of the German cars.

Finally, the Lincoln MKC is the first fully-realized product in a renaissance for Ford's upmarket brand; like the NX, it too is a larger compact SUV.

All the new models will only draw attention to the small luxury crossover market, and the GLA--on the small end of this range--will likely win points for its size, luxury features, and fun-to-drive character.

No one, meanwhile, has a vehicle that competes with the GLA 45 AMG--unless you count the Subaru WRX GTI or the Mitsubishi Evo.

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Quick Specs
The 2015 Mercedes GLA isn't the roomiest small crossover, but it's a stylish vehicle with a double shot of urban attitude--and a dash of ruggedness--that looks fully up to Mercedes-Benz luxury standards.
The 2015 Audi Q3 stakes out its claim in compact-crossover territory, with Google Earth to map the way.
The 2015 BMW X1 runs a little short on versatility, but it's big on style and enthusiasm.
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque tones down the off-road chops of its older siblings and turns up the design, creating a stylish carlike utility in the process.
With the 2015 NX, Lexus finally has a crossover to take on the mass luxury market--and its striking styling could be a plus.
The 2015 MKC doesn’t go far in redefining Lincoln as a brand, but badging aside, it presents as exactly the luxury product shoppers want—a lively and lavish, yet super-refined compact crossover.
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Small SUV 2WDN/ALarge CarsSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
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FWD 4-Door GLA 250FrontTrak 4-Door 2.0T Premium PlusRWD 4-Door sDrive28i5-Door HB PureFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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