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Both the E-Pace and GLA have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The E-Pace 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.
Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the E-Pace deploy with different levels of force to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The E-Pace’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The GLA’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
The E-Pace has standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The GLA doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the E-Pace. But it costs extra on the GLA.
To help make backing safer, the E-Pace’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 E-Pace and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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 Jaguar E-Pace weighs 695 to 1011 pounds more than the Mercedes GLA. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The E-Pace comes with a full 5-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 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
The E-Pace’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLA’s (6 vs. 5 years).
Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the E-Pace for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLA.
The E-Pace P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 38 more horsepower (246 vs. 208) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 258) than the GLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The E-Pace R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 88 more horsepower (296 vs. 208) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the GLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
Regenerative brakes improve the E-Pace’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLA doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The E-Pace has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA (18.1 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar E-Pace higher (7 out of 10) than the Mercedes GLA (5). This means the E-Pace produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the GLA every 15,000 miles.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar E-Pace, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the GLA.
For better stopping power the E-Pace’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GLA:
The E-Pace stops shorter than the GLA:
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For better traction, the E-Pace’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLA (245/45R21 vs. 235/50R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the E-Pace offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLA’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The E-Pace 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.
The E-Pace offers an optional 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 GLA’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the E-Pace is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GLA.
For greater off-road capability the E-Pace has a 2.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLA (8 vs. 5.3 inches), allowing the E-Pace to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the E-Pace SE is quieter than the GLA 250 4MATIC (68 vs. 70 dB).
The E-Pace has 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.
The E-Pace has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The E-Pace has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (52.7 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).
The E-Pace has a 3968 lbs. towing capacity. The GLA has no towing capacity.
The E-Pace uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The GLA uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
The E-Pace’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GLA doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The E-Pace 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.
The E-Pace’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The GLA’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the E-Pace 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.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the E-Pace 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 E-Pace’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the GLA’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the E-Pace detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
When the E-Pace with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The GLA’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
Both the E-Pace and the GLA offer optional heated front seats. The E-Pace 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 E-Pace HSE 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 E-Pace’s optional 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.
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