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2022 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
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC® VS 2022 Audi Q3 45 Premium AWD
$38,400 ✓ MSRP $36,000
23 / 32 / 26 ✓ 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
Standard ✓ Over-the-Air Software Updates Not Available
Standard ✓ Blind Spot Assist Requires Higher Trim Level
50.5 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Volume 48 cubic feet
Standard ✓ Driver Attention Alert Not Available

First up to challenge the Mercedes-Benz GLA is the Audi Q3. Comparing equivalent trim levels, the GLA 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, over-the-air software updates, 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 Driver Attention Alert. 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
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC® VS 2022 BMW X1 xDrive28i
$38,400 MSRP $37,400
23 / 32 / 26 ✓ 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
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC® VS 2022 Lexus NX 300 Base AWD
$38,400 ✓ MSRP $41,028
221 HP / 258 TQ ✓ Horsepower / Torque 203 HP / 184 TQ
6.6 seconds 0-60 Time 8.6 seconds ✓
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
Standard ✓ Over-the-Air Software Updates Not Available

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.

When it comes to a rewarding experience behind the wheel, driving enthusiasts are sure to prefer the Mercedes-Benz GLA. It boasts greater horsepower, greater torque, and a 0 to 60 time that’s a full 2 seconds quicker than the NX 250 AWD. 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, over-the-air software updates, 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
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC® VS 2022 Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription FWD
$38,400 ✓ MSRP $39,850
23 / 32 / 26 ✓ 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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