2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs 2018 BMW X1

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs 2018 BMW X1

When the road is rocky and the terrain gets tough, count on a luxury SUV to help guide you along. German automakers Mercedes-Benz and BMW have developed small SUVs designed for the common man in the GLA 250 and the X1. Not only are they easy to handle and tough when it comes to performance, but they also provide an abundance of interior technology. See which is better suited for you as we compare the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs 2018 BMW X1.

With vehicles as close as these two are in terms of pricing and performance, how do they separate themselves from one another? One area the GLA 250 comes out ahead is with the front power lumbar feature. While the X1 has this feature, it’s a costly extra (front power lumbar is standard in the 2018 GLA 250). Take a look at some additional comparisons in the table below.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250


2018 BMW X1 sDrive 28i

$33,400 MSRP $33,900
24 city/33 hwy mpg Fuel Efficiency 23 city/33 hwy mpg
7-Speed Automatic Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
208 Horsepower 228
258 lb-ft Torque 258 lb-ft
7.1 seconds 0 to 60 time Not Specified
FWD Drivetrain FWD
8 Number of Airbags 7
Standard PRE-SAFE® Not Available
Standard Front Power Lumbar Not Available
8 inches Entertainment Screen Size 7 inches
Standard Keyless Start Standard

Comfort and Convenience in the 2018 GLA 250

Here’s where the GLA 250 sets itself apart from the competition. While all luxury vehicles focus on the finer things, Mercedes-Benz takes it up a notch by creating a few of the industry’s firsts. Safety features such as ATTENTION ASSIST® and PRE-SAFE® are only found in Mercedes-Benzs, while the rest of the comfort and convenience features give drivers and their passengers something to smile about. 4-way power lumbar support, split-folding rear seats, and 14-way power driver seat with memory allow passengers to set up the inside the way they see fit and customize their seating options. Whatever the temperature outside, keep it the way you want inside with dual-zone automatic climate control. Convenience extends beyond rider comfort. Every 2018 GLA 250 comes standard with five years of Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect, a smartphone app that allows drivers to remote start the GLA 250, send destinations, run remote diagnostics, and much more. You can also fully open the liftgate with the touch of a button or open your garage door with the HomeLink universal garage door opener. Any way you look at it, the 2018 GLA 250 is a machine of beauty and intelligence.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are always going to be neck and neck when it comes to these comparisons, but there’s a reason we’re so confident in our selection of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Find out why by test driving one today right here at Mercedes-Benz of Indianapolis!

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