2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Mercedes GLA

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Safety

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The Escape has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GLA doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escape offers an optional backup collision prevention system that uses 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 Escape’s 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 Escape and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Escape the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 119 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLA has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Escape 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLA. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLA ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Escape has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GLA doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 42 more horsepower (250 vs. 208) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the GLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better fuel mileage than the GLA:

MPG

Escape

FWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

GLA

FWD

250 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/34 hwy

AWD

250 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escape 1.5 Turbo’s fuel efficiency. The GLA doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Escape uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine for maximum performance). The GLA requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Escape AWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the GLA (15.7 vs. 14.8 gallons).

The Escape 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.

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Escape

GLA

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.6 inches

The Escape stops much shorter than the GLA:

Escape

GLA

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Escape has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the GLA; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GLA’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the GLA’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the Escape more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLA (7.3 vs. 5.3 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Escape uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GLA doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Escape SE AWD is quieter than the GLA 250 4MATIC (37 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Escape has 13 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLA (104 vs. 91).

The Escape has .5 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 6.8 inches more rear legroom and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (37.5 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (65.4 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).

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

The Escape’s cargo area is larger than the GLA’s in every dimension:

Escape

GLA

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.8”/68.5”

31.6”/63”

Max Width

57.3”

41.8”

Min Width

41.4”

41”

Height

34.8”

28.3”

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Escape SEL/Titanium’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.

The Escape Titanium 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s exterior PIN entry system. The GLA doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s exterior PIN entry system. The GLA doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLA only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Escape’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the GLA’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

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

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escape SE/SE Sport/SEL/Titanium has standard extendable sun visors. The GLA doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the Escape SEL/Titanium’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The GLA doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Escape Titanium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The GLA doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Escape 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 Escape is less expensive to operate than the GLA because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the GLA, including $597 less for a water pump, $145 less for front brake pads, $336 less for a starter, $374 less for fuel injection, $180 less for a fuel pump, $216 less for front struts and $451 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Ford Escape outsold the Mercedes GLA by almost 11 to one during 2019.

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