2020 BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV Comparison in Norwalk, CA

Other automakers may make Sport Utility Vehicles, but BMW is different. As befits the Ultimate Driving Machine, BMW makes Sports Activity Vehicles. The X1 is a perfect example of what the SAV term stands for: it's comfortable and luxurious, while its capabilities make it ready for a variety of activities both on and off the road. Compare it with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, a luxury SUV, and you'll see just what sets the BMW X1 apart from the SUV crowd.

BMW X1

2020 BMW X1 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Design

We'll begin with the design. Though both are attractive vehicles, we think the BMW X1 cuts a more striking figure with its Kidney Grille and bold styling. Of course, looks are subjective--but space is not. Take a look inside these two vehicles and you'll begin to see substantive design differences. Ample cargo space is one of the benefits of driving an SAV, and the BMW X1 doesn't disappoint. With all the seats in place, the X1 has 27.1 cubic feet of room for cargo. Fold down the seats and you'll get maximum cargo capacity of a stunning 58.7 cubic feet! The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA, by comparison, has just 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, with a maximum cargo capacity of just 43.6 cubic feet. The extra comfort that comes from this greater space adds to the luxury of the BMW X1. You'll also get greater choice in how you configure your BMW X1. While the Mercedes-Benz GLA has a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat, the rear seats in the X1 have a 40/20/40 split.


BMW X1 touchscreen

2020 BMW X1 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Technology

Of course, space is just one part of the equation when it comes to making a luxury SAV. The BMW X1 continues to deliver, with a cockpit designed with the driver in mind. The iDrive system includes an 8.8-inch center screen and an iDrive controller, giving you exceptional control over vehicle functions. The Mercedes-Benz GLA, on the other hand, has a smaller 8-inch display. But technology isn't just used for convenience and connectivity: both vehicles are equipped with a number of driver assistance technology features. Collision mitigation is standard on both vehicles, but the BMW X1 has other standard features that the Mercedes-Benz lacks. These include Speed Limit Information, Lane Departure Warning (a lane keeping assist system is an optional upgrade in the Mercedes), and Dynamic Cruise Control (an optional upgrade in the Mercedes-Benz GLA).


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BMW X1 driving

2020 BMW X1 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Performance

Once you drive the BMW X1, you'll see why it earns the BMW title of Ultimate Driving Machine. It's powered by a turbocharged engine that generates 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with an 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission that provides smooth shifting, as well as Sport and Manual shift modes for when you want to grab the gears yourself. The Mercedes-Benz GLA has an engine that does get the same amount of torque as the engine in the BMW X1; however, it's much shorter on horsepower. You'll only get 208 hp in the GLA. How much of a difference does that power make? Well, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. If you choose the 2020 BMW X1, you can get from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds. Despite this difference in power, the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA have nearly identical gas mileage.

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2020 BMW X1 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA:

The 2020 BMW X1 does have a higher starting MSRP than the Mercedes-Benz GLA, but it also offers much more. Its larger size, stronger engine, and more advanced features make it the perfect choice for all your adventures. We invite you to experience the difference for yourself by taking the new BMW X1 for a test drive at McKenna BMW in Norwalk.

2020 BMW X1Mercedes-Benz GLA
$35,200Starting MSRP*$34,250
228Horsepower208
258 lb.-ft.Torque258 lb.-ft.
6.6 Seconds0-60 mph Acceleration7.2 Seconds
24 City / 33 HighwayGas Mileage (MPG)24 City / 34 Highway
8-Speed AutomaticTransmission7-Speed Automatic
27.1 cu. ft.Cargo Capacity17.2 cu. ft.
58.7 cu. ft.Maximum Cargo Capacity43.6 cu. ft.
8.8"Touchscreen8"
Standard FeatureDynamic Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*MSRP excludes destination & handling fee of $995, tax, title, license, and registration.