2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Comparison



2017 Mercedes-Benz S

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Engine:

2.0L Inline-4

Horsepower:

208 hp

Torque:

258 ft-lbs

Fuel Economy:

24 city / 33 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

7-Speed Automated Manual

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Engine:

2.0L Inline-4

Horsepower:

241 hp

Torque:

273 ft-lbs

Fuel Economy:

22 city / 28 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

9-Speed Shiftable Automatic

 

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The GLA and the GLC are the two smallest SUVs that Mercedes-Benz currently offers—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In addition to being comparatively affordable, they provide the premium qualities associated with its manufacturer, more interior space than what can be found in sedans and other smaller vehicles, and performance that emphasizes fuel efficiency. The GLA and the GLC are also notable for being some of the newest nameplates. The former, which is classified as a compact crossover, debuted in 2013. The latter, which is slightly larger, showed up two years later.

PERFORMANCE

Powering the GLA is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, which is tied to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It provides 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Accompanying the drivetrain is ECO-START®, which gets its name from the ability to automatically stop the engine when coming to a full stop and automatically turned back on when resuming driving, thus cutting down energy-burning engine idling and boosting fuel economy. The GLC also has a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that provides 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

APPEARANCE

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLC adopt sleek and athletic profiles: complete with low rooflines, prominent front grilles, 18-inch alloy wheels, rounded edges, and elongated bodies that straddle the line between sport utility vehicles and wagons. Also present is privacy glass to bestow an air of exclusivity, and anodized roof rails are added on the GLC for additional cargo-carrying capability.

SAFETY

For cushioning and restraint in the event of a car crash, the 2018 editions of the GLA and the GLC have an airbag system, which consists of front impact, knee, side impact, and side curtain airbags. Eight are on the GLA, are seven (minus a front-occupant knee airbag) are on the GLC. Also included on each vehicle is ATTENTION ASSIST®, the first system of its kind; it continuously monitors different parameters of driving habits and can alert you with aural and visual warnings if drowsiness is detected. Other standard safety features include electronic stability control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with adaptive braking technology and braking assist, a rearview camera, and LED daytime running lamps. And as protection from theft, both SUVs combine a smart key system with remote keyless access and remote panic alarm. Added on the GLC are trailer stability control for improved hauling ability, PRESAFE® (which prepares certain interior components—such as windows and seat belts—to maximize protection from the impact of a rollover or collision), and radar-based Collision Prevention Assist Plus technology for additional braking ability to avoid a crash.


Give us a call at our Mercedes-Benz dealership in Burlington, Massachusetts. With great reviews on Google, Cars.com, DealerRater.com, and the Kelley Blue Book website, you can meet with one of our GLA- and GLC specialists with utmost confidence that you will get the vehicle that you want.

* EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.