BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA: Spec Comparison

By autoX Editorial | on June 19, 2017 Follow us on Autox Google News

Planning to buy a new entry-level petrol luxury crossover? Here's a quick spec-check between the petrol derivatives of the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. 

There used to be a time when diesel engines were the default choice in the luxury car segment. Lately, though, petrol engines have been making a steady comeback in luxury vehicles sold in the country. And, that’s mainly because environmental bodies like the NGT (National Green Tribunal) are now keeping a close watch at emissions from diesel vehicles – especially the bigger and expensive ones – while, on the other hand, the difference in petrol and diesel fuel prices has also narrowed down by quite a bit in recent times.

The most surprising bit, however, is the fact that even SUVs and crossovers are now being offered with petrol engines. And the latest set of luxury crossovers which has now come with a petrol engine includes the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Time for a quick spec-check between the newcomers then - along with the third German, the Mercedes-Benz GLA petrol.

Engine & Performance:

2017 BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA CompareLet’s start with the powertrains first. The newest car here is the BMW X1 petrol. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that develops 189bhp and 290Nm. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic and comes with paddle shifters. In comparison, the Audi Q3 comes with a smaller 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that’s lifted from the A4 sedan. The engine is rated at 147.5bhp and offers 250Nm of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The Mercedes GLA is also powered by a 2.0-litre engine that boasts 181bhp and 300Nm and comes paired with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic. All three are only available with front-wheel drive.

BMW X1 vs Audi Q3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA Spec ComparisonThe Audi is clearly the laggard of the trio – on paper that is. At 8.9 seconds, it’s the slowest to hit 0-100km/h. The GLA and X1 are neck and neck at 7.6 seconds and 7.7 seconds, respectively.

  BMW X1 Audi Q3 Mercedes-Benz GLA
Engine 1,998cc/ 4-cylinder/ Turbocharged 1,394cc/ 4-cylinder/ Turbocharged 1,991cc/ 4-cylinder/ Turbocharged
Transmission 9 Speed Automatic/ Front-Wheel Drive 6 Speed S-Tronic DCT auto/ Front Wheel Drive 7 Speed DCT auto/ Front Wheel Drive
Power 189bhp @ 5,000rpm 147.5bhp @ 5,000 - 6,000rpm 181bhp @ 5,500rpm
Torque 290Nm @ 1,250 - 4,600rpm 250Nm @ 1,500 - 3,500rpm 300Nm @ 1,200-  1,400rpm
0-100km/h 7.7 seconds 8.9 seconds 7.6 seconds


  BMW X1 Audi Q3 Mercedes-Benz GLA
Length (mm) 4,439 4,388 4,417
Width (mm) 2,060 2,019 2,022
Height (mm) 1,612 1,608 1,494
Wheelbase (mm) 2,670 2,603 2,699


Feature-wise, all three are decently kitted out. The GLA, however, doesn’t get full LED headlamps as the other two. Here’s a list of all the key features,

  BMW X1 Audi Q3 Mercedes-Benz GLA
LED Headlmaps Yes Yes No
ABS/EBD Yes Yes Yes
Traction Control Yes Yes Yes
Panoramic Sunroof Yes Yes Yes
Electrically adjustable front seats Yes Yes Yes
Spare wheel No Yes Yes
Start/Stop ignition button Yes No No
Air-conditioning Dual-Zone Dual-Zone Dual-Zone
Airbags 6 6 7


The Audi Q3 is the most affordable of the trio, while the X1 is the most expensive, albeit there’s a price difference of around 1.5 lakh between the two. The Mercedes GLA sits comfortably in between the two.

  BMW X1 sDrive xLine Audi Q3 30 TFSI Mercedes-Benz GLA 200
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 35.75 lakh Rs 34.20 lakh Rs 35.17 lakh

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