2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country vs. 2021 Mercedes GLA

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 Cross Country are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Mercedes GLA doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the V60 Cross Country and GLA have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the GLA.

Both the V60 Cross Country 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

The Volvo V60 Cross Country weighs 508 to 618 pounds more than the Mercedes GLA. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The V60 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLA’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 Cross Country for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLA.

Engine

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The V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 29 more horsepower (250 vs. 221) than the GLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The V60 Cross Country has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA (15.9 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The V60 Cross Country’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.

Tires and Wheels

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The V60 Cross Country’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 GLA’s standard 55 series tires.

The V60 Cross Country 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. Some tire options on the GLA don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the GLA (113.2 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 Cross Country is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the GLA.

Passenger Space

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The V60 Cross Country has 1.3 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the GLA.

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 Cross Country has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 15.4 cubic feet). The V60 Cross Country has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (50.9 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

Towing

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The V60 Cross Country has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The GLA has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 Cross Country 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 Cross Country has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLA doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the V60 Cross Country to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The GLA doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The V60 Cross Country has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the GLA. The V60 Cross Country also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GLA.

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