2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 vs. 2016 BMW X1

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250
2016 BMW X1

2016 BMW X1

In the realm of the luxury five-person SUVs, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 and BMW X1 xDrive28i are fierce contenders. While both are potent, well-appointed, and safety-conscious, Orangeville and Caledon drivers may find one more suited to their needs than the other. For an in-depth look at the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 vs. the 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i, stop by Mercedes-Benz Brampton in the Greater Toronto Area.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Performance-wise, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 vs. the 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i reveals a close match. Similarly equipped, both SUVs feature a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine that delivers 250 lb-ft of torque. For smarter fuel usage, the Mercedes-Benz and BMW feature ECO Start®/Stop and Auto Start/Stop, respectively. Glancing at the fuel economy ratings, however, it’s clear the GLA250 makes greater use of the technology, earning a 9.4 city/6.7 L/100 km highway rating, while the X1 xDrive28i falls short with a 10.7 city/7.4 L/100 km rating. Even the GLA250 4MATIC®, which tacks on all-wheel drive for a lower starting MSRP than the X1 xDrive28i, gets better fuel economy at 9.8 L/100 km in the city.

In-Cabin Features and Technology

Designed for convenience and comfort, the new GLA250 and the BMW X1 include everything from keyless entry for quick remote-locking and unlocking, to split-folding rear seats for expanded cargo room. Both SUVs also offer a slew of optional upgrades, such as a power moonroof, leather upholstery, intelligent cruise control, and a universal garage door opener. For all of its style and expedience, however, the BMW X1 xDrive28i lacks in the tech department in comparison to the Mercedes-Benz GLA250. Orangeville and Caledon drivers are sure to appreciate not only the 14-way power driver seat with memory and 4-way power lumbar support, but also the dual-zone automatic climate control system, 177.8-millimetre display with central controller, and 8-speaker audio system.

Proactive Safety Features

If you’re shopping for an SUV in the Greater Toronto Area, chances are you hold safety and security in high regard. Either SUV comes armed with basic and high-tech safety features, including emergency telematics, multiple airbags, belt-force limiters, an anti-theft alarm system, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, and more. Yet again, the Mercedes-Benz GLA option that sets itself apart by taking its intuitive safety systems a step further with standard ATTENTION ASSIST® and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS®. Not to mention, drivers can tack on DISTRONIC PLUS®, Blind Spot Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist, and pay about as much as they would for a base BMW X1 XDrive28i SUV.

Find Your Ideal 5-Person SUV at Mercedes-Benz Brampton!

All in all, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 offers comparable performance, interior comfort, and technology. To book a test drive, contact our friendly, knowledgeable sales team Monday through Saturday! Located in the Greater Toronto Area, we at Mercedes-Benz of Brampton readily serve drivers in Orangeville, Caledon, and other nearby locations.