Classy crossovers: BMW X1 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLA

Classy crossovers: BMW X1 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLA

You'd think that the wealthy only prefer to motor around in sizable and swanky sedans and SUVs, but it seems they've developed a liking for the compact and classy. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the highlights of the BMW X1?

    The X1 aims to be sporty in look and driving feel.
  • What makes the Mercedes-Benz GLA unique?

    The GLA packs an advanced infotainment system and a flashy design.
  • And so just as the mainstream market got flooded by compact crossovers, so did, too, the selection of premium vehicles. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been known for being four-wheeled symbols of wealth, so these German carmakers join the crossover craze with the X1 and GLA, respectively. 

    As is the usual for the Munich brand, the X1 is positioned to be an athletic offering or "Sports Activity Vehicle" in BMW-speak. 

    The X1 proves its "SAV" status with a long wheelbase and short overhangs. The BMW kidney grille and narrow adaptive LED lights shows even more aggression. Black body cladding is there toughen up the look, while illuminated door handles befits the upscale car's upscale price tag. 

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    BMW-X1

    Inside, the X1 welcomes passengers with ambient light that runs through the whole interior. The instrument panel is embellished with decorative contrasting stitching, which also features in the Dakota leather Oyster upholstery and in the floor mats. Meanwhile, the rear seat can be adjusted for legroom or more stowage capacity in the luggage compartment. 

    The X1 is equipped with innovations such as Apple CarPlay, telephony with wireless charging, the BMW Head-Up Display and Control Display in a 10.25-inch screen. Intelligent safety systems including the Driving Assistant Plus and the Parking Assistant ensures safe travels. 

    BMW-X1Now going over to Stuttgart, the GLA looks to be more classy than brash. 

    The GLA's three-pointed star badge shines bright in the center of what Mercedes-Benz calls a "Diamond" grille. The wheels, roof rails, and LED headlights are equally as spiffy. Side skirts, 19-inch AMG twin-spoke wheels, and lowered suspension could be added as devils in the details. 

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    "Artico" man-made leather seats with a seemingly grippy material called "Dinamica," carbon fiber-look trim on the door panels and dashboard, a black roof liner, and AMG-branded floor mats round out the interior. 

    The tech highlight of the GLA is the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), which can mirror one's phone with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in a seven-inch touchscreen, and take voice commands with Linguatronic. The screen can also display the image from the reversing camera.

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    More information about the X1 and GLA are available on their spec sheets. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    BMW X1 sDrive 18d xLine 

    Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 AMG Line 

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,447

    4,410

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,821

    1,834

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,598

    1,611

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,730

    2,729

    Ground Clearance (mm)

    185

    185

    Seating Capacity

    Five Persons

    Five Persons

    Engine Type

    BMW TwinPower Turbo Diesel, Four Cylinder, 16-valve 

    Turbo Gasoline, Four Cylinder, 16-valve

    Engine Displacement (L)

    2.0

    1.3

    Maximum Power Output (hp/ rpm)

    150 / 4,000

    163/ 65500

    Maximum Torque (Nm / rpm)

    350 / 1,750

    250/ 1,620

    Drive-by-Wire

    With

    With

    Transmission

    8-Speed Automatic 

    7-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic 

    Paddles Shifters

    With

    With

    AT Shiftlock

    With

    With

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    50

    50

    Emission Rating

    Euro 6

    Euro 6

    Brake

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Disc

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Disc

    Steering Gear Type

    Electric-Assist Rack and Pinion

    Electric-Assist Rack and Pinion

    Power Steering

    Electric Power Steering (EPS)

    Electric Power Steering (EPS)

    Steering Wheel Material

    Leather

    Leather 

    Cruise Control

    With

    With

    Steering Wheel Controls

    Audio and Bluetooth Hands-Free Telephone

    Audio and Bluetooth Hands-Free Telephone

    Steering Wheel Adjustment

    Tilt and Telescopic

    Tilt and Telescopic

    Wheel Size and Type

    18-inch alloy Y-Spoke Style with Run-Flat Tires

    19-inch AMG 5-Twin-Spoke Light Allow Wheels

    Spare Tire

    Space Saver Type

    Space Saver Type

    Headlights

    LED 

    LED

    Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

    LED

    LED 

    Fog Lights

    LED

    LED

    Side Turn Signal Lights

    Door Mirror Integrated

    Door Mirror Integrated

    Tail Lamp

    LED

    LED

    High-Mount Stop Lamp

    LED

    LED

    Door Handles

    Body Color

    Body Color

    Door Mirror Color

    Body Color

    Body Color 

    Radiator grille

    Chrome

    Diamond AMG-Line

    Door Mirror Adjustment

    Power Adjustable

    Power Adjustable

    Power Folding Door Mirrors

    With

    With

    Antenna

    Rear Micro Type

    Rear Micro Type

    Wipers

    Intermittent with Washer

    Intermittent with Washer

    Front Bumper Lower Grille

    Standard

    Standard

    Tailgate Spoiler

    With

    With

    Side Sill Garnish

    With

    With

    Seat Material

    Black Leather

    Black Leather

    Seat

    Front: Power Sliding and Reclining with Adjustable Headrest and Height Adjuster (Driver)

    Power Slide and Recline (Passenger)

    Rear: Slide and Recline with Split Folding

     

    Front: Power Sliding and Reclining with Adjustable Headrest and Height Adjuster (Driver)

    Power Slide, Recline, and Height (Passenger) 

    Rear: Fixed with Split Folding

    Audio System

    10.25-inch Touchscreen

    10.25-inch Touchscreen with MBUX

    Connectivity

    USB, Bluetooth, BMW iDrive, Apple CarPlay

    USB, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay

    Speakers

    Hi-Fi Loudspeakers

    Four Speakers with Two Tweeters

    Air Conditioning System

    Automatic with Dual Zone Climate

    Automatic with Dual Zone Climate

    Center Console

    With Armrest

    With Armrest

    Push Start System

    With

    With

    Speedometer

    With

    With

    Fuel Level

    With

    With

    Fuel Consumption Meter

    Instantaneous and Average Read-out

    Instantaneous and Average Read-out

    Trip Meter

    Digital

    Digital

    Range Computer

    With

    With

    Temperature

    Gauge

    Digital

    Illumination Control

    With

    With

    Door Open Warning

    With

    With

    Inner Door Handles

    Silver

    Silver

    Map Light

    With

    With

    Dome Light

    With

    With

    Rear View Mirror

    Day and Night

    Day and Night

    Sun Visor

    Driver: With Vanity Mirror, Lid, and Ticket Holder

    Front Passenger: With Vanity Mirror and Lid

    Driver: With Vanity Mirror, Lid, and Ticket Holder

    Front Passenger: With Vanity Mirror and Lid

    Grab Rail

    Four

    Four

    Bottle Holders

    Six

    Six

    Power Windows

    With Auto Up/Down for Driver

    With Auto Up/Down for Driver

    Windshield Defogger

    Front and Rear

    Front and Rear

    12V Accessory Socket

    Front (x1)

    Front (x1)

    Console Panel

    Black with Soft Pad

    Black with Soft Pad

    Airbags

    Driver, Front Passenger, Side, and Side Curtain

    Driver, Front Passenger, Side, and Side Curtain

    Seatbelt

    Driver: Adjustable Three-point ELR

    Front Passenger: Adjustable Three-point ELR

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Driver: Adjustable Three-point ELR

    Front Passenger: Adjustable Three-point ELR

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Seatbelt Reminder

    Driver and Front Passenger

    Driver and Front Passenger

    Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

    With

    With

    Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

    With

    With

    Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)

    With

    With

    Hill Start Assist (HAS)

    With

    With

    Child Safety Lock

    With

    With

    Isofix Child Seat Anchor

    With

    With

    Security Alarm

    With Immobilizer

    With Immobilizer

    Reverse Camera

    With Guidelines

    With Guidelines

    Door Beams

    With

    With

    Pinch-free Power Window

    Driver Side

    Driver Side

    Available Body Color

    Alpine White, Black, Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver, Mediterranean Blue 

    Cosmos Black, Polar White, Denim Blue, Patagonia Red, Iridium Silver, Mountain Grey, Night Black, Digital White 

    PRICE

    P3.19 million 

    P3.390 million

     

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