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Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Vs. BMW X1 Differences

If you are shopping for a new compact luxury SUV, you’ve likely narrowed down your search to the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs. BMW X1. Both vehicles are similarly priced and offer comparable performance numbers and fuel economy, so which one should you choose? Here at Mercedes-Benz of Atlanta South, we think the answer is the new GLA 250, but you don’t have to take our word for it.

We’ve put together a model review and chart where we compare the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA 250 capabilities side by side, so you can see for yourself which new SUV for sale is best. Since the best test is a test drive, take a moment to schedule your road test appointment in the new GLA 250 or any of our new Mercedes-Benz vehicles for sale.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs. BMW X1: Starting MSRP

When one sets out to compare the Mercedes GLA 250 to the BMW X1, one of the first things to look at is value for your money. Does the Mercedes GLA 250 or BMW X1 give you more? We think it’s the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, and here’s why. The BMW X1 starts at an MSRP of $35,400, and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 has a $36,230 starting MSRP.1 While the Mercedes comes in slightly higher, when you actually look at where your money goes in both vehicles, the differences become clear.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 2021 BMW X1
Starting MSRP: $36,230 $35,400
Engine: 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder
Performance: Power: 221 @ 5,500 Torque: 258 @1,800 Power: 228 @ 5,000-6,000 Torque: 258 @ 1,450-4,500
EPA-Estimated MPG (Highway/City): 34/25 33/24
Cargo Volume: 50.5 cubic feet 27.1 cubic feet
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BMW X1 vs. Mercedes GLA 250: Engine & Performance

Under the hood of the GLA 250 is a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo engine that delivers 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The new BMW X1 for sale boasts a 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder that delivers comparable performance numbers: 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, to be exact.

Drivers of the new Mercedes GLA 250 for sale can expect an EPA-estimated 25/34 mpg2 (City/Highway) while the BMW comes up short with 24/33 mpg (City/Highway). When you want performance and fuel efficiency at the same time, you want the new Mercedes SUV.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs. BMW X1: Usability

Let’s face it. You want a small SUV because you have things to carry. Whether it’s weekly grocery runs or soccer equipment, or beach bags of towels and plastic shovels, you need room to pack your cargo. That’s perhaps the biggest difference between the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs. BMW X1 compact SUVs for sale. Usability.

The 2021 BMW X1 gives you 27.1 cubic feet of usable cargo volume. The Mercedes nearly doubles that amount with 50.5 cubic feet of usable cargo area. For convenience, luxury, and usability, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 beats the BMW X1 once again.

Mercedes-Benz Lease Offers

Now that you’ve picked a winner between the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs. BMW X1, you’ll want to choose an affordable lease deal. Our dealership offers new vehicle specials on the GLA 250 as well as other Mercedes SUVs for sale.

To get a sense of what your monthly lease or finance payment will be, you can contact our finance department. We can go over current pricing and show you how leasing compares to buying. If you are undecided about whether it’s better to buy or lease, our team is here to answer your questions and point out the pros and cons of both buying strategies.

If you log long highway miles and rack up more than 10,000-miles per year, then financing might make more sense. But if you like to always have the latest features and technologies and you drive less than 10,000-miles per year, a low-cost lease payment is an excellent option. Whatever your needs and preferences are, our team is here to work with you and help you choose a custom lease offer.

Many of our regular customers like to take home a luxury SUV from our pre-owned inventory. A late-model pre-owned Mercedes GLA 250 is a great way to get into a turbocharged SUV without paying the full sticker price for the latest model. Be sure to browse our pre-owned cars for sale, and let us know if there’s a particular model year, trim option, or color that interests you, and we’ll help you search.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 or BMW X1 bigger?

If you’re looking for a subcompact crossover that’s small on the outside but big on the inside, you’re interested in a vehicle that offers ample legroom, shoulder room, and cargo area while still being easy to park. When comparing the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs. BMW X1, the choice is clear — the GLA is more spacious and offers nearly twice as much cargo room as the BMW X1.

Which is better: the Mercedes GLA or BMW X1?

Since you’re comparing two luxury crossover SUVs for sale that offer turbocharged engines, you’re interested in comfort and performance. The driving experience of these vehicles is noticeably different, especially when cornering. The GLA offers more composure and steering response, as well as a drivetrain that delivers power when and where you need it. Acceleration in the GLA is smooth and refined from a transmission that downshifts on time.

What is the Mercedes GLA comparable to?

If you’re still early in your research for the best new luxury crossover SUV that delivers a sporty ride and ample conveniences, you might be wondering how the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 compares to the competition and what those vehicles are. Drivers typically compare the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs. BMW X1 as well as the Jaguar E-Pace and Range Rover Evoque.

Your GLA 250 Awaits at Mercedes-Benz of Atlanta South

We hope we’ve answered your questions about the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs. BMW X1 and helped you decide which luxury subcompact crossover is best for your garage. Contact our dealership to schedule your test drive or to get pre-approved for finance offers. We look forward to assisting you and hope to see you soon.


1Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.

2EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.

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