2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class vs. Its Competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

Small crossovers powered by 2.0-liter turbo-4s proliferate in luxury lineups to different effects.

The BMW X1 is mechanically similar, but a bit quicker than the Audi Q3 and GLA250.

The Q3 appeals with larger screens inside and more sophisticated technology.

On looks alone, the Volvo XC40 is a winner, while the Jaguar E-Pace curves in all the right places, including on the road with tight handling.

The outlier might be the all-electric Tesla Model Y, and its prodigious performance, range, and cargo volume compared to these cute ‘utes.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 2502021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
2021 Audi Q32021 Audi Q3
2021 BMW X12021 BMW X1
2021 Volvo XC402021 Volvo XC40
2020 Jaguar E-Pace2020 Jaguar E-Pace
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2020 Tesla Model Y2020 Tesla Model Y
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Quick Specs
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is the smallest and least expensive SUV in its lineup, and a welcome entry to the brand.
The 2021 Audi Q3 is bulky but not brash, with good tech and space inside for passengers and gear.
The 2021 BMW X1 is an appealing crossover with hatchback moves, but keep a lid on options for the better value.
The 2021 Volvo XC40 is a high-personality compact crossover with plenty of features for the money.
The 2020 Jaguar E-Pace is a city-sized luxury SUV that’s stylish and fun to drive, but not without faults.
The 2020 Tesla Model Y adapts the formula of the best-selling Model 3 and applies it to a more popular crossover style for a winning combination.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Electric
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDLarge CarsSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WD
Style Name     
GLA 250 SUVPremium 40 TFSI quattrosDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleT4 FWD MomentumP250 AWDLong Range AWD
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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