2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Mercedes GLA

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the QX30 and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The GLA’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLA. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the GLA ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the GLA’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 11 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the GLA 250:

 

QX30

GLA

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

89.8 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the GLA:

 

QX30

GLA

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GLA doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the GLA 250 4MATIC pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GLA 250 4MATIC (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a 3.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLA 45 (8 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The QX30’s minimum ground clearance is 2.7 inches higher than on the GLA 250 (8 vs. 5.3 inches).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the GLA 250 4MATIC (41 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

The QX30 has 1.1 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more rear headroom and 6.4 inches more rear legroom than the GLA.

The front step up height for the QX30 is 2 inches lower than the GLA (16.4” vs. 18.4”). The QX30’s rear step up height is 2.3 inches lower than the GLA’s (17.2” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

The QX30 has a much larger cargo volume than the GLA with its rear seat up (19.2 vs. 17.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX30 easier. The QX30’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.1 inches, while the GLA’s liftover is 29.5 inches.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 8% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked 6th.

Ergonomics

The QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GLA doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 Sport/Essential to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The GLA doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the QX30 Sport/Essential detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX30 Sport/Essential has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The GLA doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The GLA’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX30 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the QX30 with a number “5” insurance rate while the GLA is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the GLA because typical repairs cost much less on the QX30 than the GLA, including $146 less for a water pump, $143 less for a muffler, $151 less for front brake pads, $293 less for a starter, $179 less for fuel injection, $83 less for a fuel pump and $137 less for front struts.

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