2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Mercedes GLA

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Safety

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To help make backing safer, the X2’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 X2 and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

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 headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X2 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLA has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The X2’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLA’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLA.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X2 has a standard 150-amp alternator. The GLA’s 115-amp alternator 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 X2’s reliability 19 points higher than the GLA.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X2 third among small premium suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The GLA isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 30th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 4 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 20 more horsepower (228 vs. 208) than the GLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 93 more horsepower (301 vs. 208) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 258) than the GLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 2.0 is faster than the Mercedes GLA:

X2

GLA

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

89.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 xDrive28i xDrive with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the GLA 250 4MATIC Auto (24 city/31 hwy vs. 23 city/31 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLA doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The X2 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA (16.1 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X2, 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 X2’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GLA:

X2

X2 M35i

GLA

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

11.6 inches

The X2’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the GLA are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the GLA:

X2

GLA

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The X2 M35i’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLA’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 M35i offers optional 20-inch wheels. The GLA’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The X2 offers an optional 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 X2 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 X2 offers an available 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.

The X2’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.2% to 42.8%) than the GLA’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the X2 more stable handling and braking.

The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the GLA 250 4MATIC pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the GLA 250 4MATIC (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X2 has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLA (7.2 vs. 5.3 inches), allowing the X2 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the GLA 250 4MATIC:

X2

GLA

At idle

37 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

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The X2 has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLA (94.1 vs. 91).

The X2 has .8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The GLA’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the X2 is 1.8 inches lower than the GLA (16.6” vs. 18.4”). The X2’s rear step up height is 2.5 inches lower than the GLA’s (17” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The X2 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The X2 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (50.1 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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The X2 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 X2 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 X2’s power window, power lock, power mirror 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.

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very 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 X2 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 avoid possible obstacles, the X2 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The GLA doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the X2 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The GLA’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold winter days, the X2’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.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes GLA isn't recommended.

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