2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA VS 2019 Lexus UX

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 Lexus deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2019 Lexus UX, 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 Lexus UX. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Lexus side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2019 Lexus UX: 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 Lexus UX delivers a smooth ride over most road surfaces, and its small size makes it incredibly maneuverable. However, its engine feels underpowered at times, and even though it’s fairly agile, the UX is less fun to drive than many class rivals. Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is not available. It features a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The transmission generally works smoothly. But, don’t expect to be wowed by this powertrain. It gets you from point A to point B, but it takes its time. Most class rivals are more powerful and deliver better acceleration.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2019 Lexus UX: 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 all new 2019 Lexus UX looks stylish inside, but others say there are some low-grade, even cheap, materials. The UX’s standard infotainment system includes a 7-inch display screen, the Lexus Remote Touch Interface, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and three USB ports. The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 also comes standard, and it includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane trace assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. The infotainment system leaves plenty of room for improvement. Some of the controls are in unconventional locations – like the audio knobs on the center console. The system’s menus are unnecessarily complex, and the Remote Touch controller is an unwieldy way to make selections.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2019 Lexus UX: 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 Lexus UX is an all-new model. It’s smooth and stylish, but it has some tech issues, and many rivals are more powerful and more fun to drive. That’s why the UX debuts in the middle of the luxury subcompact SUV rankings. It never hurts to explore your options before you consider this luxury subcompact SUV.

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