2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA VS 2019 Jaguar E-Pace

There’s a class of luxury subcompact SUVs that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the models of both Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2019 Jaguar E-Pace, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2019 Jaguar E-Pace. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Jaguar side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace: Performance

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA is agile and handles corners confidently. The GLA 250 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also standard. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The standard GLA has athletic handling and pinpoint steering. The AMG® GLA 45 has a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. This potent GLA variant rockets from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, which makes it one of the fastest SUVs money can buy.

The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace has two engine choices that deliver adequate power, but acceleration is noticeably slower than most classmates. The E-Pace comes standard with a 246-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. All models feature a nine-speed automatic transmission. It has moderately athletic handling, even if the steering can feel light and vague sometimes. The ride is soft and comfortable over most surfaces. Automotive critics disagree about the E-Pace’s engine and transmission performance. Some think the SUV has good power and gets moving quickly, while others think that the engine is unrefined.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace: Feature Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz GLA seats five people. Up front, the seats are supportive and well-sculpted to keep you in place during spirited driving. The front seats are also comfortable enough for long trips, and there’s plenty of space for a taller occupants. Standard 14-way power adjustments make it easy to find a relaxing position.. The GLA comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, driver attention and drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The standard COMMAND® infotainment system has an 8-inch display, HD Radio, *Bluetooth®, and two USB ports. The system features sharp graphics and quick response times. There are plenty of large physical buttons that make it easy to adjust other features. Fit and finish are good, as the GLA feels solid and well put together.

The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace has a mostly upscale interior, but there are some second-rate plastic surfaces. The E-Pace seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. While the infotainment features and cargo space are impressive, the E-Pace’s passenger space isn’t all that generous. The front seats of the E-Pace are comfortable, but it can be hard for the driver to find a relaxing seat position. Standard features in the 2019 E-Pace include dual-zone automatic climate control and a 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system with *Bluetooth®, two USB ports, and a six-speaker stereo. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver attention monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace: Overall Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is worth a look for a luxury subcompact SUV. It’s one of the most fun to drive crossovers in the class, with eager corner-carving abilities and carlike maneuverability. The standard infotainment system works well and is easy to use. You should buy the GLA if you want a small crossover with engaging driving dynamics.

The 2019 Jaguar E-Pace fails to stand out from a performance point of view, and its interior is less than impressive, with cramped rear seating and lackluster materials quality. Although its handling is decent, it still comes up short of other more performance-focused crossovers in the class. The E-Pace’s engines get the job done, but don’t expect the liveliest performance.

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