2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2021 BMW X1

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2021 BMW X1 side by side comparison

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA


2021 BMW X1
2.0L Turbo inline-4


2.0L Turbo inline-4
25/34 mpg

City/Hwy mpg

24/33 mpg
38.0 inches

Rear Legroom

37.0 inches

Digital Gauge Display


Are you looking for a luxury compact crossover in San Antonio? You may have run into one enticing comparison between two well-respected brands: the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. BMW X1. So, which should you choose? Mercedes-Benz of San Antonio covers the pertinent details to know so San Antonio drivers can make an informed decision on their next big purchase of a small SUV.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. BMW X1: Engines and Performance 

If you look at performance functions, there’s a lot that the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1 have in common: 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Engine: 

  • 2.0L Turbo inline-4 
  • 258 lb-ft of torque 
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 25/34 city/hwy mpg 

2021 BMW X1 Engine: 

  • 2.0L Turbo inline-4 
  • 258 lb-ft of torque 
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 24/33 city/hwy mpg

Mercedes-Benz vehicles keep pushing the performance envelope, which is why the GLA compliments its responsive ride with a slightly better mpg rating than its peer. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. BMW X1: Passenger Space

A great compact crossover gets you around in style without sacrificing comfort. Alamo Heights drivers shopping for these types of vehicles often worry about both legroom and cargo space. Let’s check out the dimensions: 

Mercedes-Benz GLA Interior Dimensions: 

  • Headroom Front/Rear: 39.0 in / 38.1 in
  • Legroom Front/Rear: 41.0 in / 38.0 in 
  • Shoulder Room Front/Rear: 55.9 in / 54.8 in 

BMW X1 Interior Dimensions: 

  • Headroom Front/Rear: 42.0 in / 39.0 in. 
  • Legroom Front/Rear: 40.4 in / 37.0 in 
  • Shoulder Room Front/Rear: 56.0 in / 55 in 

One of the major takeaways from these dimensions is that the GLA gives those sitting in your rear seats a lot more legroom, making the GLA great for carpools and even long trips outside Shavano Park. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. BMW X1: Technology Features 

Another essential ingredient in any luxury SUV is the interior technology. In this department, the GLA interior looks especially impressive: 

  • Displays: An 8.8-inch touchscreen comes with the X1, in addition to an optional head-up display. But the twin-displays on the GLA, with the option of further upgrades to 10.25dual screens, make the GLA stand out. 
  • Connectivity:  The X1 has a USB input, Bluetooth®* connection, and standard BMW remote service. With its own remote services, the GLA matches the X1’s standard features while adding another USB input and the extremely intuitive Natural Language Understanding technology on its “Hey, Mercedes-Benz!” function. 

 Step inside the Mercedes-Benz GLA Today! 

Between its stellar performance ratings, ample space, and some of the most innovative technology on the market, it’s hard to find a better subcompact SUV than the Mercedes-Benz GLA! We’re proud to have this vehicle available at Mercedes-Benz of San Antonio, where our in-house finance center can tell you more about leasing and financing options. Contact us today to see the GLA for yourself!

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