2018 Mercedes GLA vs. 2018 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLA have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The GLA offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the GLA and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

The GLA comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the GLA first among small premium SUVs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The CR-V isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 17th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th.

Engine

The GLA 250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 more horsepower (208 vs. 184) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The GLA 250’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (208 vs. 190) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The AMG GLA 45’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 185 more horsepower (375 vs. 190) and 171 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the GLA 250 is faster than the Honda CR-V:

 

GLA

CR-V LX

CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8.6 sec

8.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the GLA’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

The GLA GLA45’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The CR-V doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GLA’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

 

GLA 250

AMG GLA 45

CR-V

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

13 inches

10.2 inches

The AMG GLA 45’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CR-V are solid, not vented.

The GLA stops much shorter than the CR-V:

 

GLA

CR-V

 

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The GLA’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The GLA 250’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLA 250 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX. The AMG GLA 45’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the GLA can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The CR-V doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The AMG GLA 45’s has front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

The GLA offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The GLA has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLA’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the CR-V (106.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The AMG GLA 45 4MATIC handles at .96 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The AMG GLA 45 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (25 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GLA 250’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (36 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The AMG GLA 45’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The GLA 250 is 6.7 inches shorter than the CR-V, making the GLA easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The GLA is 7.9 inches shorter in height than the CR-V, making the GLA much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the GLA 250 4MATIC is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD (73 vs. 78 dB).

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the GLA offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GLA’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The CR-V doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the GLA and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the GLA is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The GLA’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the GLA the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the CR-V can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The GLA’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The GLA has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the GLA has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The GLA’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

The GLA offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR-V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The GLA has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

The GLA’s optional Parking Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CR-V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the GLA owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the GLA with a number “8” insurance rate while the CR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GLA is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the GLA than the CR-V, including $235 less for a timing belt/chain.

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