2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class vs. Its Competition

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Brian León Brian León Contributing Writer

The GLA’s hatchback-like size and crossover-like clothes put it in direct competition with the smallest SUV offerings from other luxury automakers, such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, both of which offer increased ride height over a sedan or hatchback but city-friendly usability.

The BMW has less comfortable seats but much more space than the GLA, and the Q3 also delivers on those fronts, but not on many others.

The Infiniti QX30 is essentially the GLA with a better interior and more striking styling, but doesn’t command quite the same prestige the Mercedes does.

The Range Rover Evoque delivers heavily on style, while the MKC is larger and competes with some bigger luxury crossover offerings.

Keep a lookout for Lexus’s city-sized UX, which should more directly match up with the GLA in competition.

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Quick Specs
5.4
The Mercedes-Benz GLA merges hatchback size with crossover functionality and luxury appointments, with better-than-average results.
6.2
The 2019 Audi Q3 whispers “GTI” in the ears of brand-conscious drivers—but it’s, like, discreet about it.
5.7
The 2019 BMW X1 crossover is the right shape and the right price for entry luxury buyers willing to overlook some flaws.
6.4
The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque still bristles with energetic looks and turbo-4 power, but more refinement and more back-seat room are overdue.
6.0
The 2019 Lexus NX remains a boldly styled, comfortable compact luxury crossover with solid standard features.
6.6
The 2019 Lincoln MKC luxury crossover this year pairs refined powertrains with better looks, but it still lags the space or efficiency found in other rivals.
MSRP From     
$33,950$34,700$34,950$41,800$36,485$33,995
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDLarge CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
GLA 250 SUV2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWDsDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle5 Door SENX 300 FWDStandard FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity Vehicle5-DoorSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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