Kemna Cadillac Compares 2017 Cadillac XT5 VS 2017 Mercedes GLA Near Algona, IA

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2017 Cadillac XT5

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2017 Mercedes GLA

Safety Comparison

The XT5 Premium/Platinum’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The GLA doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT5 are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mercedes GLA has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT5 offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The GLA doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The XT5 Platinum has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GLA only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the XT5’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLA doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the XT5 and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The Cadillac XT5 weighs 528 to 1060 pounds more than the Mercedes GLA. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XT5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLA has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT5 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLA. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the GLA ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The XT5’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLA’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the XT5 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. Cadillac will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLA.

There are over 2 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XT5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the XT5 has a standard 155-amp alternator (170-amp - XT5 optional). The GLA’s 115-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 102 more horsepower (310 vs. 208) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 258) than the GLA250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac XT5 is faster than the GLA250:

 

XT5

GLA

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.4 MPH

89.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT5’s fuel efficiency. The GLA doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac XT5 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GLA requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The XT5 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 6.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 250’s standard fuel tank (19.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 6.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 45 AMG’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 14.8 gallons).

The XT5 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GLA doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the XT5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the GLA:

 

XT5

GLA

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.6 inches

The XT5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the GLA250 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Cadillac XT5’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Mercedes GLA only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT5’s wheelbase is 6.2 inches longer than on the GLA (112.5 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT5 is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLA.

For greater off-road capability the XT5 has a 3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLA45 AMG (7.8 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the XT5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the XT5 4x4 is quieter than the GLA250 4MATIC (68 vs. 70 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The XT5 has 1 inch more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 12.4 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XT5’s rear seats recline. The GLA’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XT5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (30 vs. 14.9 cubic feet). The XT5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (63 vs. 41.8 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XT5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XT5 Platinum’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GLA doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The XT5’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The GLA does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The XT5 Platinum has a standard heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GLA doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XT5 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLA only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the XT5 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XT5 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The GLA doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the XT5 and the GLA offer optional heated front seats. The XT5 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GLA.

Optional air conditioned seats in the XT5 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The GLA doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the XT5’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The GLA doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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