2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs. 2019 Mercedes GLA

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2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Safety

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Both the Discovery Sport and GLA have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery Sport 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery Sport. But it costs extra on the GLA.

To help make backing safer, the Discovery Sport’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.

Compared to metal, the Discovery Sport’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mercedes GLA has a metal gas tank.

Both the Discovery Sport and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport weighs 578 to 914 pounds more than the Mercedes GLA. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Discovery Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLA’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (246 vs. 208) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 258) than the GLA 250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the Discovery Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLA doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Discovery Sport has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 250’s standard fuel tank (17.7 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Sport has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 45 AMG’s standard fuel tank (17.7 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Discovery Sport, 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 Discovery Sport’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the GLA:

Discovery Sport

GLA

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

11.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLA’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Discovery Sport offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the GLA, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Discovery Sport has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GLA 250 suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery Sport’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the GLA (107.9 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLA.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Sport has a 3.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLA 45 (8.3 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the Discovery Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 3 inches higher than on the GLA 250 (8.3 vs. 5.3 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the GLA can only carry 5.

The Discovery Sport has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 3.3 inches more rear headroom, 11 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Discovery Sport’s middle row seats recline. The GLA’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the GLA.

Discovery Sport

GLA

Third Seat Folded

23.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

27.5 cubic feet

17.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

55.6 cubic feet

43.6 cubic feet

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

Discovery Sport

GLA

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

8.9”/38.1”/69.7”

n.a./31.6”/63”

Max Width

52.1”

41.8”

Min Width

43.5”

41”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Discovery Sport with 5+2 Seating’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Discovery Sport has a 4409 lbs. towing capacity. The GLA has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Discovery Sport 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.

Ergonomics

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The Discovery Sport 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Discovery Sport 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Discovery Sport 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 available for the Discovery Sport 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 Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The GLA doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Discovery Sport 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 Discovery Sport and the GLA offer optional heated front seats. The Discovery Sport also offers optional heated second row 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 Discovery Sport 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 Discovery Sport’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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