BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA

BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA


Compact SUVs are all the rage in Destin, Panama City, and Fort Walton City, Florida. Why? Because these vehicles offer superior performance, styling, and comfort. Two examples of sought-after SUVs include the 2021 BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Which of these vehicles will you choose? We at BMW of Fort Walton Beach have created this BMW X3 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLA review. Keep reading to see which model is right for you!


BMW X3 Engine Specs

Performance Capabilities

When looking for a hair-raising commute, either the BMW X3 or Mercedes-Benz GLA has the power you seek. That’s because both vehicles come equipped with turbocharged engines. Both the X3 and GLA come standard with a 2.0L turbocharged engine.

While both have engines of the same size, the X3 offers 248 horsepower vs. 221 horsepower with the GLA.

For even more power, the X3 comes with an optional 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo engine that pumps out 382 horsepower. The GLA also comes with an upgraded engine: a 2.0L turbo AMG-enhanced engine. However, it isn’t quite as powerful as the X3 since it only produces 302 horsepower.


BMW X3 Driving

BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA Style

Driving a luxury SUV means you get red-carpet-ready looks and turned heads while on the road. Aggressive styles and bold colors await drivers with both the X3 and GLA.

On the inside, the Dark Oak Wood trim and SensaTec upholstery awaits X3 drivers. The GLA also has a wood trim; however, this is an optional feature.

A panoramic roof is also offered as an optional feature with both the X3 and GLA, giving these vehicles a larger-than-life feel.


BMW X3 Interior Technology

Entertainment on the Go

No matter where you go, always have access to your favorite digital features, thanks to the advanced technology in both the 2021 X3 and 2021 GLA.

Connect your smartphone and play your favorite songs, podcasts, and audiobooks that are saved to your phone through Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto (the latter being optional in the X3).

Select the songs you want to listen to by navigating the 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen display for easy viewing. A 10.25-inch screen is only offered as an optional feature with the GLA but is a standard feature with the X3.

Other features that come standard in the X3 that aren’t offered with the GLA is the Connected Package Plus system, which includes features like:

  • Real Time Traffic
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Remote Door Unlock
  • Concierge Services

BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA: Which Will You Choose?

The 2021 BMW X3 and 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA are two great SUVs that are sure to help enhance your Destin, Panama City, and Fort Walton Beach, FL, travels. However, after comparing the performance, style, and technology features of the X3 vs. GLA, it’s clear the X3 is the better option.

Curious to learn more about this SUV, its features, and how they’ll enhance your commute? Head over to our dealership to get an up-close look. Then, take it for a test drive to experience these features for yourself.

Contact us at BMW of Fort Walton Beach to schedule your test drive today!


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