2020 Mercedes GLA vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLA have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Hyundai Kona doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The GLA offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Kona only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the GLA and the Kona have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the GLA has a standard 800-amp battery. The Kona’s 640-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the GLA’s reliability 20 points higher than the Kona.

Engine

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The GLA’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 61 more horsepower (208 vs. 147) and 126 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The GLA’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 33 more horsepower (208 vs. 175) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 195) than the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mercedes GLA is faster than the Hyundai Kona:

GLA

Kona 4 cyl.

Kona Limited/Ultimate

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

3.1 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

9.2 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.3 sec

28.2 sec

19 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.4 sec

9.6 sec

7.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

4.6 sec

3.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

6.2 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

17 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

82 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

130 MPH

120 MPH

135 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the GLA’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Kona doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The GLA has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kona (14.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The GLA GLA45’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Kona doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

GLA

Kona SE

Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

10.3 inches

11.2 inches

The GLA stops much shorter than the Kona:

GLA

Kona

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GLA has larger tires than the Kona (235/50R18 vs. 205/60R16).

The GLA 250’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Kona SE’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLA 250 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Kona SE. The GLA’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Kona Limited/Ultimate.

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

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Mercedes GLA has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kona 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLA’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Kona (106.3 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

The GLA 250 4MATIC handles at .84 G’s, while the Kona SE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GLA 250 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Kona SE (27 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the GLA 250 4MATIC is quieter than the Kona SEL 4x4 (73 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

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The GLA has .4 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Kona.

Cargo Capacity

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

GLA

Kona

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

31.6”/63”

28.6”/61”

Min Width

41”

40”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the GLA. The Kona doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the GLA has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Kona doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Hyundai. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 52% lower rating, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the GLA, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions and outside mirror angle. The Kona doesn’t offer a memory system.

The GLA’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Kona has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The GLA’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Kona’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the GLA the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Kona can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The GLA’s power window, power lock and power mirror switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Kona’s passenger power window and power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The GLA’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Kona SE/SEL/Limited’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The GLA’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate.

The GLA offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Kona offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The GLA’s standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Kona doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

Both the GLA and the Kona offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the GLA has standard rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Kona doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The GLA’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself. The Kona doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GLA is less expensive to operate than the Kona because it costs $318 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the GLA than the Kona, including $69 less for a timing belt/chain.

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