XC40

GLA

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.6 inches

The XC40 stops shorter than the GLA:

XC40

GLA

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC40’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLA (245/45R20 vs. 235/50R18).

The XC40 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 roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC40 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC40’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The GLA doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XC40 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLA.

The XC40’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.9% to 42.1%) than the GLA’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the XC40 more stable handling and braking.

The XC40 T5 R-Design AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the GLA 250 4MATIC pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the XC40 has a 3.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLA 45 (8.3 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the XC40 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The XC40’s minimum ground clearance is 3 inches higher than on the GLA 250 (8.3 vs. 5.3 inches).

Passenger Space

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The XC40 has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLA (98 vs. 91).

The XC40 has .6 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 3.7 inches more rear headroom, 9 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

The front step up height for the XC40 is .7 inches lower than the GLA (17.7” vs. 18.4”). The XC40’s rear step up height is 1.3 inches lower than the GLA’s (18.2” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The XC40 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (20.7 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The XC40 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (57.5 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).

The XC40’s cargo area is larger than the GLA’s in almost every dimension:

XC40

GLA

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.9”/65.7”

31.6”/63”

Max Width

47.8”

41.8”

Min Width

39.5”

41”

Height

29.4”

28.3”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC40’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The XC40 has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The GLA has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The XC40 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The GLA uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The XC40’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The GLA’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XC40 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC40 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLA only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the XC40’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the GLA’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC40 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLA doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the XC40 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC40 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The GLA doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC40 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

When the XC40 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The GLA’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the XC40 and the GLA offer optional heated front seats. The XC40 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GLA.

On extremely cold winter days, the XC40’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The GLA doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC40 is less expensive to operate than the GLA because typical repairs cost much less on the XC40 than the GLA, including $507 less for a water pump, $249 less for a muffler, $124 less for front brake pads, $356 less for a starter, $328 less for fuel injection, $209 less for front struts and $754 less for a power steering pump.

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