2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. BMW X1 | Northbrook, IL

2018 mercedes-benz gla vs. bmw x1

Do you want your next luxury vehicle to have the dynamic performance and sharp handling of a sedan but the reliable capability and roomy cabin of an SUV? With so many options out there today, choosing a vehicle the checks all of your boxes can prove tough. That’s why the product specialists at Autohaus on Edens have taken two popular luxury SUVs and compared them side-by-side: the 2018 BMW X1 vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA. Continue reading to find out which one pulls ahead!

For the purposes of this comparison, we’ll take a look at the 2018 BMW X1 sDrive28i, starting at $33,900 MSRP, and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 SUV, starting at $33,400 MSRP.

If you already know the new 2018 GLA is the perfect match for you, browse the new inventory at our Mercedes-Benz dealership in Northbrook, IL to see our available models. We also encourage you to check out our incentives page to see if you qualify for our current finance and lease offers.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. BMW X1: Performance & Capability

While both the 2018 BMW X1 and 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA both come equipped with 2.0L turbocharged I4 engines that achieve nearly 260 lb.-ft. of torque, our experts agree you’ll pick the 2018 GLA SUV over the 2018 X1 SUV. The DYNAMIC SELECT® multimode drive program, only available on the new 2018 GLA, allows you to choose from four different drive modes so you can customize your driving experience. Key engine and performance specs for these two luxury SUVs are as follows:

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV 2018 BMW X1
2.0L inline-4 turbo Engine 2.0L inline-4 turbo
208 HP Horsepower 228 HP
258 lb.-ft. Torque 258 lb.-ft.
7G-DCT 7-speed dual-clutch automatic Transmission Eight-speed automatic
Front-wheel drive Drivetrain Front-wheel drive
24/33 MPG Fuel Economy 23/32 MPG

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. BMW X1: Interior & Exterior

Up to five passengers can fit in both the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA interior and 2018 BMW X1 interior. Both luxury SUVs also feature 18-in. alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, and fog lamps; but our experts believe you’ll prefer the 2018 GLA much more. Get comfortable on your commute in the 14-way power driver seat with memory when you choose the 2018 GLA. The 2018 X1 only offers an 8-way driver’s seat with memory. See additional interior and exterior features of the new 2018 GLA SUV below.

2018 mercedes-benz glc suv interior

Interior Features:

  • 43.6 cu. ft. of cargo capacity
  • 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • 4.5-in. color instrument cluster display
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • 14-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar support and memory
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

2018 mercedes-benz glc suv design

Exterior Features

  • 18-in. 5-spoke wheels
  • Iconic grille
  • Power liftgate
  • Front fog lamps
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Auto-on rear-window wiper

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. BMW X1: Safety & Technology

You’ll enjoy peace of mind with both the 2018 GLA and 2018 X1 thanks to several innovative safety assistance features and advanced technology, but our experts think you’ll choose the 2018 GLA over the 2018 X1 because of features you won’t find with the new X1. The ATTENTION ASSIST® system that is standard on the new 2018 GLA SUV alerts you with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. You won’t find a similar feature on the new 2018 X1. Additional safety and technology features of the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV can be found below.

2018 mercedes-benz glc suv safety

Safety Features:

  • Active Brake Assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Brake Assist (BAS®)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)
  • 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS)
  • SmartKey with KEYLESS-START®
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature

2018 mercedes-benz glc suv technology

Technology Features

  • Remote Start via Mercedes me Mobile App
  • 5years of Mercedes-Benzmbrace® Connect
  • Central controller and 8-in. color display
  • Hands-free Bluetooth® interface
  • HD Radio® receiver
  • Prewiring for GARMIN MAP PILOT®
  • CD player with MP3 capability
  • In-dash SD card reader
  • Media interface

test drive the 2018 mercedes glc suv

Can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV? Schedule a test drive at our Mercedes-Benz dealership in Northbrook, IL to experience its dynamic drive for yourself. If you have any questions, get in touch with the Autohaus on Edens team through our contact form, or call (847) 272-7900 to speak with a product specialist directly.

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