Mercedes-Benz GLA has finally arrived in the country in a price range of Rs. 32.75 – 36.9 Lakhs with three variants in offering - CDI Style Diesel, CDI Sport Diesel, and Sport Petrol. Based on the same platform as the A-Class & B-Class hatchback, the GLA Class is at loggerheads with the likes of Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Volvo V40 Cross Country. Let's draw a brief comparison of these crossovers in terms of dimensions, performance and pricing.
Mercedes-Benz GLA Class dimensions are 4,417 mm in length, 1,804 mm in width and 1,494 mm in height, while the Audi Q3 measures 4385 mm in length, 1831 mm in width and 1608 mm in height, followed by yet another German BMW X1 which measures 4454 mm in length, 1798 mm in width and 1545 mm in height. The Swedish challenger Volvo’s V40 measures 4370 mm, 1783 mm, and 1458mm in length, width and height, respectively.
The aforementioned figures clearly state that the X1 is the longest car in the segment, while the Q3 is the widest which means it comprise of the best shoulder room. And, the Q3’s height is also greater than all its rivals, hence the head room is also the best in it. The GLA Class lags behind in every aspect dimensionally on paper, but practically, it is not as congested or suffocated as it seems to be. Instead, it is quite open and can accommodate 4 individuals quite comfortably.
Talking about the Wheelbase, which also happens to be an indispensable ingredient as the legroom inside the cabin depends solely upon this factor, Mercedes-Benz GLA Class has a second best 2699 mm while BMW X1 being the segment leader at 2760 mm, followed by contemporaries Volvo V40 Cross Country’s 2646 mm and Audi Q3’s 2603 mm. In terms of ground clearance, Mercedes-Benz GLA Class excels exceptionally as it has the best-in-segment 183 mm while its rivals BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Volvo V40 Cross Country have a ground clearance of 179 mm, 170 mm and 145 mm. It certainly makes the GLA Class more compatible with rough and uneven terrains while the V40 is primarily an urban crossover.
The GLA Class diesel variants are powered by a 2.2-liter engine which makes 135 bhp of top power and 300 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 7-speed dual clutch auto transmission. Audi Q3, on the other hand, has a 2.0L TDI engine with the diesel variants, which dishes out 174 bhp of maximum power and 350Nm of highest torque, paired with a 7-speed automatic gearbox. BMW X1 is the most powerful crossover as the 4-cylinder, 1995cc engine generates a maximum power output of 181 bhp with 380Nm of torque performance. It is coupled with a 8-speed automatic transmission to transmit power to the rear wheels. Volvo V40, despite being the smallest vehicle dimension-wise, comes loaded with a 5-cylinder, 2.0L motor which develops a healthy power of 150 bhp and 350Nm of torque while comprised with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Audi Q3 is a clear winner in this segment with prices starting from Rs 25.49 lakh and going upto Rs 38.40 lakh. Next is BMW X1 with the range starting from Rs 30.75 lakh and the top model priced at Rs 36 lakhs. The Volvo V40 comes in only one variant priced at Rs 31.90 lakh and the GLA is priced in between Rs 32.75 lakh to Rs 36.9 Lakh.
While the Merc GLA is the clear winner in terms of looks, BMW X1 definitely has a more powerful engine. Also in terms of size, BMW X1 is the clear winner with the longest wheelbase and bigger dimensions. In the pricing terms, Audi Q3 is whopping Rs 5 lakh less than the nearest rival, BMW X1. That is a lot of price considering the brilliant feature list in offering and the space inside the cabin. This makes Audi Q3 a clear winner in this category.