The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs. The 2018 BMW X1: Which One is the Right SUV for You

You're a particular driver with refined tastes. When you go looking for your next SUV, you won't be satisfied with just anything. You want a vehicle that starts at the top and works its way up from there. An SUV like the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250.

The most affordable SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the GLA 250 combines style, great features, and a rock-solid powertrain into a luxury vehicle package that's hard to beat. Do you need proof? Just look at how it compares to one of its chief competitors: BMW's 2018 X1.



The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Offering great safety features, premium styling, and a bevy of great features, the Mercedes-Benz GLA is a well-equipped luxury SUV that's perfect for a wide range of drivers.

Performance: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (208 horsepower, 258 pounds-feet of torque, 24/33 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Dual-Zone Climate Control, Automatic Brake Hold, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Heated Seating, Hands-Free Tailgate, Panoramic Roof, Universal Garage-Door Opener, Harman/Kardon Premium Audio System, Built-In 4G Wi-Fi

Safety Features: Attention Assist System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Surround-View Camera, Blind-Spot Monitoring

Starting Price: $34,395

The 2018 BMW X1

A small and affordable SUV, the BMW X1 offers a solid vehicle package that serves as a solid entry-level vehicle for luxury-minded drivers.

Performance: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (228 horsepower, 258 pounds-feet of torque, 23/32 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Automatic Climate Control, Power Tailgate, Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers, Push-Button Ignition, BMW eCall Emergency-Request System, Apple CarPlay, Panoramic Moonroof, Built-In Navigation, Leather Interior, Heated Seating, Harmon/Kardon Audio System

Safety Features: Lane-Departure Warning, Frontal-Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Active Cruise Control, Rearview Monitor

Starting Price: $35,000


While the BMW X1 offers a worthwhile experience, its overall package doesn't compare to Mercedes-Benz GLA 250. With a lower price tag and super style, the GLA 250 is, in our opinion, the better buy. If you'd like to learn more about all it has to offer, get in touch with Mercedes-Benz of Catonsville. Our location in Baltimore, MD serves customers in Columbia, Hanover, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, and more.