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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Audi Q3 vs BMW X1 vs Lexus NX vs Volvo XC40

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When it comes to compact luxury crossovers, competition within the segment has remained fierce. With more and more manufacturers fielding models in this class each year, it’s understandable that you may have had some trouble deciding which one is the best fit for you. Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz of Easton is here to help. We’ve taken the time to assemble this in-depth competitive comparison in which the dynamic Mercedes-Benz GLA goes up against its top rivals from Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Volvo. Once you see the results, you’ll understand why the Mercedes-Benz GLA continues to be the favorite among compact luxury crossover buyers.



Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Audi Q3

Mercedes-Benz GLA Styling
Audi Q3 Exterior
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC® VS 2021 Audi Q3 45 S-Line Premium AWD
$38,230 MSRP $36,000
24 / 33 / 27 ✓ MPG (city/hwy/combined) 20 / 28 / 23
Standard ✓ Front Fog Lights Not Available
Standard, Mbrace Connect smart device ✓ Remote Start Not Available
Driver & Passenger ✓ Front Seat Memory Not Available
eCall Emergency System and Active Emergency Stop Assist integrated ✓ Emergency SOS System Not Available
Standard ✓ Blind Spot Assist Requires Higher Trim Level
50.5 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Volume 48 cubic feet

First up to challenge the Mercedes-Benz GLA is the Audi Q3. Comparing equivalent trim levels, the Q3 does have a very slight price advantage from the start. If you’re thinking that choosing Audi is the better value, however, you’d be sorely mistaken.

In terms of fuel economy, the GLA is the far superior choice thanks to significantly higher MPG ratings across all three categories of measurement. Other premium features included as standard equipment on the GLA are front-seat memory settings for both driver and passenger, fog lights, and a smart device remote start system. You’ll have to do without those great features when you choose the Q3.

Safety is yet another category where the GLA tops the Q3. You’ll enjoy the confidence and peace of mind from a standard emergency alert system along with blind-spot monitoring. Finally, the Mercedes-Benz GLA offers a larger cargo capacity than the Audi Q3, making it the better option for those who enjoy taking extended road trips.


Mercedes-Benz GLA vs BMW X1

Mercedes-Benz GLA Profile
BMW X1 Exterior
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC® VS 2021 BMW X1 xDrive28i
$38,230 MSRP $37,400
24 / 33 / 27 ✓ MPG (city/hwy/combined) 23 / 31 / 26
LED ✓ Headlight / Taillight Type Halogen
Standard, Mbrace Connect smart device ✓ Remote Start Not Available
Power 4-Way (driver & passenger) ✓ Front Lumbar Support Not Available
Standard ✓ Blind Spot Assist Not Available
41.1 / 38.4 inches ✓ Front / Rear Legroom 40.4 / 37 inches

Next up to compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLA is the BMW X1. As we saw in the prior matchup, the BMW begins with an ever-so-slight price advantage when looking at equivalent trim levels. Once again, this initial “savings” evaporates pretty quickly when we take a closer look.

The GLA continues to showcase its excellent fuel economy, outperforming the X1 in all three categories. You’ll enjoy superior visibility thanks to standard LED headlights and taillights while BMW owners have to settle for antiquated halogen units. Premium standard features on the GLA that you won’t find on the X1 include a remote start system, power lumbar adjustments for both front seats, and a blind-spot monitoring system. Finally, the Mercedes-Benz GLA boasts greater legroom in both the front and rear rows of seating.


Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Lexus NX

Mercedes-Benz GLA Exterior
Lexus NX Exterior
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC® VS 2021 Lexus NX 300 Base AWD
$38,230 ✓ MSRP $38,910
24 / 33 / 27 ✓ MPG (city/hwy/combined) 22 / 28 / 24
8 ✓ Transmission Speeds 6
Power ✓ Rear Liftgate Manual
Driver & Passenger ✓ Front Memory Seats Not Available
40/40/20 ✓ Rear Seat Split 60/40
Standard ✓ Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers Not Available
18 inches ✓ Wheel Size 17 inches

Third on our list of rivals to square off against the Mercedes-Benz GLA is the Lexus NX. This time, you’ll have to pay a premium in order to get an equivalent trim level from Lexus. How far does this extra cash get you on the NX? As it turns out, not far at all.

Yet again, it’s the GLA that’s the clear choice for drivers looking for maximum efficiency in order to spend less time and money at the pump. Across all three categories of fuel economy, the NX cannot match the GLA. Part of this disadvantage is due to the outdated 6-speed automatic transmission found on the NX. GLA drivers will enjoy a more responsive 8-speed automatic.
Luxurious standard features are another reason to choose the GLA instead of the NX.

Mercedes-Benz includes a standard power rear liftgate, memory seat settings for the driver and front passenger, larger 18-inch wheels, 40/40/20 split rear seats, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. All of these great features are either unavailable or require you to step up to a much more expensive trim level at Lexus.


Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Volvo XC40

Mercedes-Benz GLA Exterior
Volvo XC40
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC® VS 2021 Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription FWD
$38,230 ✓ MSRP $39,450
24 / 33 / 27 ✓ MPG (city/hwy/combined) 23 / 32 / 26
221 / 258 LB-FT ✓ Horsepower / Torque 187 / 221 LB-FT
All-Wheel Drive ✓ Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
3 ✓ 12-Volt Power Outlets 1
Driver & Passenger ✓ Memory Seats Driver Only
40/40/20 ✓ Rear Seat Split 60/40
50.5 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Volume 47.2 cubic feet

Last but certainly not least, the Mercedes-Benz GLA goes up against the Volvo XC40. At first glance, you’ll notice the far less expensive price tag of the GLA. Then once you take a look at the fuel economy figures for both models, that value starts to add up even more.

If you were thinking that driving the more fuel-efficient option would mean sacrificing on performance, guess again! The Mercedes-Benz GLA has more horsepower and torque than the less-powerful and much thirstier Volvo XC40. You’ll also enjoy the confidence of legendary 4MATIC® all-wheel drive for exceptional control in all weather conditions.

Other reasons to choose the GLA include 3 standard 12-volt power outlets, memory functions for both front seats, a 40/40/20 split rear seat, and a greater cargo capacity. Designed for those who like to make the most of their weekend plans, the Mercedes-Benz GLA is clearly the best choice compared to the Volvo XC40.


Winner – Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mercedes-Benz GLA

Now that we’ve tallied the results, the clear winner of this competitive comparison is the Mercedes-Benz GLA. The competition from Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Volvo simply cannot match the tremendous efficiency, premium standard equipment, groundbreaking safety, and exceptional value found across the GLA model lineup. Ready to experience all that the GLA has to offer? Our team at Mercedes-Benz of Easton is standing by to help you choose the model that’s perfectly suited for your lifestyle.


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