As more and more crossover vehicles are introduced to the automotive market, confusion is at an all time high. Vehicles like the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1 bridge the gap between sedan and SUV, but they don't have to scare you into a minivan. These two vehicles in particular actually have many individual characteristics that may influence your purchasing decision.
Mercedes-Benz and BMW have two different names for their respective crossovers. Mercedes-Benz simply refers to the GLA as an SUV, when really it is smaller than the Sport Activity Vehicle X1. They both offer engaging performance, respective efficiency, and ample interior space, but the GLA has a crucial weight advantage, carrying over to acceleration, efficiency, and overall handling.
Both the X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA offer some of the latest technologies and the most affordable entry to the luxury SUV market. The BMW has a little bit more power, but the Mercedes-Benz gets better gas mileage and accelerates faster, which is one of the things that defines Mercedes-Benz and AMG. If you want an all-out power machine, you can also upgrdae your GLA to a Mercedes-AMG GLA45. This performance model is exclusively offered by Mercedes-Benz and BMW does not have a similar variation to compete with it. Mercedes-Benz uses many of the same materials and techniques that Mercedes-AMG does, giving drivers the peace of mind that their GLA was put together with care.
If you are in the market for a new crossover vehicle and you are looking at the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz is the smarter investment. It is cheaper, faster, and more efficient. Is there really anything more you want in a car? The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA is available right now at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale and we are open every day of the week for test drives. If you have any questions about the GLA or this comparison, stop in at the dealership to get some first hand experience.