Again within the day, BMW and Mercedes-Benz used to fight each other with vehicles just like the E30 M3 and 190E 2.three Cosworth, respectively. These vehicles have been good, thrilling and completely badass. Now? The 2 German mega-giants compete in lots of classes, most of that are boring, family-oriented crossovers just like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. In a latest comparability take a look at from Motor Trend, we get to see which of the 2 is finest.
The BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class are somewhat related machines. Each are constructed on front-wheel drive architectures, each have all-wheel drive, each have 2.zero liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines (solely engine accessible within the US market) and each are priced equally. Nevertheless, on the street, they’re truly very totally different machines. So which one is best?
If you need your crossover to be sporty, the BMW X1 is the automobile for you. Its steering is the sharper of the 2 and it corners flatter, with extra confidence. Nevertheless, there are drawbacks. For starters, as surprisingly succesful as it’s, the X1 isn’t any enjoyable to truly drive. It’s additionally not as snug because the Mercedes, so it looks like the worst of each worlds.
Whereas the Mercedes is technically much less sporty, it’s extra satisfying to drive as a result of it’s not attempting to be one thing it’s not. It’s a luxurious crossover and it looks like. Nonetheless, its steering feels extra naturally-weighted (even whether it is much less responsive) and its journey is best. So whereas the X1 would possibly technically be sportier to drive, it’s not the one you’d wish to truly drive.
It’s additionally simply the one you wish to personal. Whereas the BMW X1 has a pleasant cabin, that’s snug sufficient, premium sufficient and sensible sufficient, it’s the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class that runs away from the X1, in actuality. The Mercedes has a way more trendy cabin, higher tech and extra passengers area, making it the automobile you wish to truly spend extra time in.
So whereas the BMW X1 is an effective automobile, and one of the better BMW SUVs, it’s truly the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class that takes the win.
[Source: Motor Trend]