2019 Volvo V60 vs. 2018 Mercedes GLA

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the V60 and GLA have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GLA’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The GLA doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The GLA doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the V60’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLA doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the V60 and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The Volvo V60 weighs 498 to 906 pounds more than the Mercedes GLA. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


The V60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLA’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLA.


The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (250 vs. 208) than the GLA 250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the GLA 250 FWD Auto (24 city/36 hwy vs. 24 city/33 hwy).

The V60 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 250’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The V60 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 45 AMG’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 14.8 gallons).

The V60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GLA doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.


An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the GLA.

Brakes and Stopping

The V60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the GLA 250 are solid, not vented.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the GLA (113.1 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLA.

For greater off-road capability the V60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLA 45 (5.4 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the V60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The V60’s minimum ground clearance is .1 inch higher than on the GLA 250 (5.4 vs. 5.3 inches).

Passenger Space

The V60 has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLA (94 vs. 91).

The V60 has 2.1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom, 8.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

Cargo Capacity

The V60 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The V60 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (50.9 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the V60 Inscription’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.


The V60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The GLA has no towing capacity.


The V60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GLA doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the V60 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLA doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the V60 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The GLA’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V60’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the V60 and the GLA offer optional heated front seats. The V60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GLA.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The GLA doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the V60’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GLA doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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