Compare the Mercedes-Benz GLA
to the BMW X1 & Audi Q3

Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi are three of the top luxury car brands in the industry, but which automaker builds the best luxury crossover?

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is a subcompact luxury SUV with plush seating and innovative tech features. The BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 are similar in size, but here at Mercedes-Benz of State College, we think the GLA has more to offer than its rivals. Read on to see why.

Mercedes-Benz GLA vs BMW X1

You and your significant other will spend a lot of time in your luxury SUV, so it's important to have a lot of space to stretch out and relax. People in Lewistown, PA will appreciate that the Mercedes-Benz GLA has 41 inches of front seat legroom and 38 inches of backseat legroom. The BMW X1 only has 40.4 inches of front legroom and 37 inches of legroom in the second row. The GLA also has 56 inches of front shoulder room compared to just 55.6 inches of front shoulder space for the X1.

A comfortable ride is also a priority in a luxury crossover. Huntingdon drivers will like that the Mercedes-Benz GLA has a refined independent rear suspension and an aluminum MacPherson front-end setup for a relaxing, quiet ride - even on rough pavement. The BMW X1 has a relatively stiff ride, especially in models with 19-inch wheels.

With gas prices going up and up, fuel economy is always a critical consideration. Frugal people in Altoona, PA will appreciate that the Mercedes-Benz GLA gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway when properly equipped. The BMW X1 gets 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway in its most efficient configuration.

Both the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1 have easy-to-use infotainment systems, but the GLA comes with smartphone integration for both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The X1 doesn't offer support for Android Auto.

Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Audi Q3

State College drivers who bring a lot of luggage on road trips will like that the Mercedes-Benz GLA has 50.5 cubic feet of total cargo space. Its low lift-over height makes it easier to load heavy items. The Audi Q3 has only 48 cubic feet of total cargo room.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA gets some of the best gas mileage in its class. It delivers 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with its base engine and front-wheel drive. The Audi Q3 earns just 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with its most economical powertrain.

A first-rate infotainment system can make ordinary driving more interesting by allowing you to play your favorite music and use your smartphone apps when you're on the road. People in Lewistown will love the Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system, which has intuitive menu layouts and well-placed controls. You can even operate some functions by just saying "Hey, Mercedes" and issuing a voice command. The Audi Q3's MMI infotainment system is also user-friendly, but it doesn't have the voice command feature that the GLA has.

Test Drive the New Mercedes-Benz GLA at
Mercedes-Benz of State College

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA is a posh small luxury SUV that's a cinch to park and maneuver in Huntingdon. Its comfortable ride, exceptional fuel economy, and cutting-edge infotainment system outshine that of its competitors. Mercedes-Benz of State College has a wide selection of GLA trims for sale or lease at competitive rates. Come see us and test drive one today.

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    127 Leisure Lane
    State College, PA 16801

    • Sales: 814-206-0904
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