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2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 #5334916 01/28/20 07:20 PM
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The better half is considering picking up a nearly new used compact utility, especially looking at these two. Has to be 4WD and the optional 3rd row is being considered.

Any actual experiences with either, or same engines, drivetrains, platforms, would be appreciated. Also any hard data out there on reliability.

Vehicle will be used for an hour-ish daily commute (each way) and weekend family trips for a family of 4.

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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: HangFire] #5334946 01/28/20 07:53 PM
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I'd read up on what Consumers Reports says about them. If you want German, they recommend the Audi Q3 and BMW X-1, but not the Mercedes. The Audi is the best driver of the three German luxury makes while the BMW comes in second.
The owner satisfaction is lowest on the Mercedes as is reliability.


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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: HangFire] #5334982 01/28/20 09:00 PM
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A good friend of mine was just in the market for this same sorta vehicle, and since I enjoy car shopping I helped out a bit. Some thoughts were on the thread here: https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/foru...e-actually-purchase-new-bmws#Post5313074

I'd recommend checking out a loaded CX-5 as well, as it really competes well in the category, and the fully loaded CX-5 is close on the luxury scale and is a really nice vehicle. Ultimately though, the X1 won out.

vs the GLA: the GLA had pretty poor visibility, cramped rear seating and the cargo space was less. It also had poor ingress/egress into the cargo space, if that's an issue.

Neither have a 3rd row. If that's a requirement, I'd suggesting checking out a 2018 or newer Tiguan.

I've driven pretty much every vehicle in that category now, and got a few rides in the X1. Once the terrible run-flat tires are swapped out, it's a really nice car; quiet, handles well, plenty of power, good fuel economy, and lots of useable space. They seem to be a really solid value in the used/off lease market as well. By all indications, the B48 engine and Aisin transmission are pretty reliable.

Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: HangFire] #5335006 01/28/20 09:29 PM
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I prefer the E84 X1 like my wife drives, but the current car is pretty nice. If I couldn't go with an X1 I'd definitely get a CX-5.


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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: HangFire] #5335043 01/28/20 10:35 PM
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CX-5 will get you 80% of the features/luxury with 20% of the repair cost. Definitely worth a look. Even a loaded Santa Fe or the Kia equal may check the right boxes, all things considered.

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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: 14Accent] #5335061 01/28/20 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by 14Accent
CX-5 will get you 80% of the features/luxury with 20% of the repair cost. Definitely worth a look. Even a loaded Santa Fe or the Kia equal may check the right boxes, all things considered.

My CX5 has everything the BMW has, and more, as far as I know in the X1, X3 category, and is similar in performance, although the Mazda needs less rpm due to having more torque, so is probably better in daily traffic with a much swifter 5-60 (until you get into the i6), while the X1 will handle a bit better. I prefer JDM to German for cost reasons and reliability.

As far as family of 4...X1,CX5, etc. Kinda small...I'd pick something larger. Jeep Grand Cherokee size.


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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: HangFire] #5335065 01/28/20 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by HangFire


The better half is considering picking up a nearly new used compact utility, especially looking at these two. Has to be 4WD and the optional 3rd row is being considered.



You are not getting a 3rd row seat in these. And the third row seat in the Tiguan is more of a glorified parcel shelf, as in really small, low and uncomfortable, plus hard to get to. Good size in the Atlas ...

If you need the 3rd row, you need to be moving up a size plus ...


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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: geeman789] #5335068 01/28/20 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by geeman789
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The better half is considering picking up a nearly new used compact utility, especially looking at these two. Has to be 4WD and the optional 3rd row is being considered.



You are not getting a 3rd row seat in these. And the third row seat in the Tiguan is more of a glorified parcel shelf, as in really small, low and uncomfortable, plus hard to get to. Good size in the Atlas ...

If you need the 3rd row, you need to be moving up a size plus ...


That's fair, I hadn't considered the OP's request for a "possible" 3rd row.

If that's the case, let me throw this out there: Dodge Durango. You can get HUGE discounts on them right now, and if the significant other approves.... dare I say SRT?? Now there's more fun than you'll have in ANYTHING from Germany, for the money. And still cheaper to maintain.

Edit: not a "compact" by any means. I think a RAV-4 is about the largest kind-of 3 row out there right now. But honestly, if you really need a 3rd row, you need more than a compact SUV.

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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: 14Accent] #5335069 01/28/20 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by 14Accent
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Originally Posted by HangFire


The better half is considering picking up a nearly new used compact utility, especially looking at these two. Has to be 4WD and the optional 3rd row is being considered.



You are not getting a 3rd row seat in these. And the third row seat in the Tiguan is more of a glorified parcel shelf, as in really small, low and uncomfortable, plus hard to get to. Good size in the Atlas ...

If you need the 3rd row, you need to be moving up a size plus ...


That's fair, I hadn't considered the OP's request for a "possible" 3rd row.

If that's the case, let me throw this out there: Dodge Durango. You can get HUGE discounts on them right now, and if the significant other approves.... dare I say SRT?? Now there's more fun than you'll have in ANYTHING from Germany, for the money. And still cheaper to maintain.

Yeah, but OP is driving it 2 hours a day, and that fuel will add wayyy up in the years to come. The SRT's are good vehicles, but efficient, they are not.


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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: Ws6] #5335089 01/29/20 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by HangFire


The better half is considering picking up a nearly new used compact utility, especially looking at these two. Has to be 4WD and the optional 3rd row is being considered.



You are not getting a 3rd row seat in these. And the third row seat in the Tiguan is more of a glorified parcel shelf, as in really small, low and uncomfortable, plus hard to get to. Good size in the Atlas ...

If you need the 3rd row, you need to be moving up a size plus ...


That's fair, I hadn't considered the OP's request for a "possible" 3rd row.

If that's the case, let me throw this out there: Dodge Durango. You can get HUGE discounts on them right now, and if the significant other approves.... dare I say SRT?? Now there's more fun than you'll have in ANYTHING from Germany, for the money. And still cheaper to maintain.

Yeah, but OP is driving it 2 hours a day, and that fuel will add wayyy up in the years to come. The SRT's are good vehicles, but efficient, they are not.


Totally agree, the SRT comment was more about value for the money if the OP wanted to have some fun. A 3.6 equipped Durango in a higher trim would give all the features as well as return decent mileage ratings, all while maintaining the interior space and 4x4 capability. The 3.6/8-speed auto is really a great combo, it can still tow yet it's perfectly happy to lug around 7 passengers in (relative) comfort. Much more so than a compact SUV.


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I'd read up on what Consumers Reports says about them. If you want German, they recommend the Audi Q3 and BMW X-1, but not the Mercedes. The Audi is the best driver of the three German luxury makes while the BMW comes in second.
The owner satisfaction is lowest on the Mercedes as is reliability.

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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: HangFire] #5335184 01/29/20 07:21 AM
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Someone mentioned RAV4s with 3rd row seating... not happening.

The OP said this vehicle is for his wife. He didn't mention her need for the elusive fun to drive component.



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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: HangFire] #5335199 01/29/20 07:41 AM
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Any reason the Alfa Romeo Stelvio isn't in the mix? If "fun to drive" is a requirement, it can't be beat.


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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: 14Accent] #5335211 01/29/20 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by 14Accent
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The better half is considering picking up a nearly new used compact utility, especially looking at these two. Has to be 4WD and the optional 3rd row is being considered.



You are not getting a 3rd row seat in these. And the third row seat in the Tiguan is more of a glorified parcel shelf, as in really small, low and uncomfortable, plus hard to get to. Good size in the Atlas ...

If you need the 3rd row, you need to be moving up a size plus ...


That's fair, I hadn't considered the OP's request for a "possible" 3rd row.

If that's the case, let me throw this out there: Dodge Durango. You can get HUGE discounts on them right now, and if the significant other approves.... dare I say SRT?? Now there's more fun than you'll have in ANYTHING from Germany, for the money. And still cheaper to maintain.

Edit: not a "compact" by any means. I think a RAV-4 is about the largest kind-of 3 row out there right now. But honestly, if you really need a 3rd row, you need more than a compact SUV.


I second this. The Durango would be a solid choice. It's a mature design/platform at this point and the drivetrain is very well sorted.


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Re: 2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1 [Re: HangFire] #5335267 01/29/20 08:53 AM
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Have you thought about a Crown Vic?

In all seriousness, check the equivalent Audi model as well. I myself chose a Merc when I was shopping for SUVs a year or so ago after comparing the full size versions and ended up with a GLS 550 with Q7 coming very close.

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