See how the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA compares to its larger sibling

July 29th, 2014 by

Mercedes-Benz-GLA-Class-vs.-GLK-ClassAs Mercedes-Benz continues to introduce new models like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz GLA, car shoppers are faced with the task of realizing just where these new models slot into the lineup. While the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Mercedes-Benz GLK nameplates are similar, they are two very different vehicles. As we await the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, we’ll help you know what to expect by comparing the Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK.

The first thing to note in comparing the Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Mercedes-Benz GLK is size. The all-new GLA-Class slots into the compact SUV segment and will compete with models like the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. The Mercedes-Benz GLK is larger and considered a mid-size luxury SUV as it squares off with models like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. More accurately, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class will be a little less than 14 ft. 5 in. long compared to the 14 ft. 10 in. body of the GLK-Class. The GLA will also be about 7 inches shorter and 3 inches narrower than the GLK and 3 inches.

The larger Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class gets fitted with a choice of a direction-injection 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 (GLK350 models) and a 200-horsepower GLK250 BlueTec twin-turbo clean diesel four-cylinder engine (GLK 250 models) that is top-of-class in terms of fuel economy.

But the smaller, lighter GLA-Class doesn’t require as large of powertrains. In its base configuration, the small crossover houses a 208-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine with direct injection and ECO Start/Stop technology that allows for outstanding fuel efficiency. A speedier 355-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder is available in the GLA45 AMG model, making it one of the most impressive performers in its class.

Make no mistake, both these Mercedes-Benz luxury utility vehicles are among the most impressive in their respective classes, but each caters to a different type of driver. While the GLK-Class offers some off road toughness and more towing and hauling capabilities, the smaller GLA-Class makes up for that with more energetic performance and speed.

Check out our other Mercedes-Benz model comparisons and get behind the wheel of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class as we await the arrival of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA.