Mercedes-Benz GLA VS BMW X1

By Chris Taylor


Crossovers are among some of the most popular type of cars currently on the UK market, the appeal stems from things such as an elevated driving position, extra interior space and a comfortable ride for the British roads. The Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1 are both close rivals within the small SUV realm, but is there much difference between these two models? Check out our bite-size comparison below.

Mercedes-Benz GLA

Based on the A-Class, the GLA exhibits the premium quality Mercedes are known for, combining piano black trim with silver accents around the cabin. The seats are also black leather and are electronically adjustable. As for the engine, the GLA comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine as standard with a 0-60 time of 8.4 seconds. The GLA is reasonably well loaded too, with heated front seats, satellite navigation and reverse camera included in the entry model.


As for the X1, the exterior styling has been based off of the BMW 3 Series. Despite being one of the smallest SUV’s in the BMW line-up, the interior space really doesn’t suggest as much. The interior styling is fairly standard of BMW – soft black plastics with accents of silver trim. The stock engine in the X1 is a 2 litre diesel engine with a 0-60 time of 9.2 seconds. Compared to the GLA, the X1 doesn’t come with a reverse camera on the entry model but it does however feature rear parking sensors, alongside the traditional BMW sat-nav as standard.