Infiniti QX30 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

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, Automotive Editor - November 12, 2018

Cross-sharing platforms and engines isn't as common as it once was, but Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti both have subcompact offerings that share a lot of the same parts. The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Infiniti QX30 both have a hatchback body style with some extra ground clearance and available all-wheel-drive systems to tackle inclement weather. Both vehicles are awfully similar, so which one should you go with? That's what we're looking to answer in this comparison.

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What the QX30 Gets Right

Right off the bat, the QX30 gets the nod for being the more affordable model. Pricing for the 2018.5 QX30 Pure starts at $31,145, which is $3,800 less than the entry-level 2019 GLA 250. The extra savings means you can get into the next trim level, the QX30 Luxe, for $33,995 and still save money.

Despite having similar dimensions, the QX30 is the option that can hold more cargo. Infiniti's subcompact crossover is rated to hold up to 19.2 cubic feet of cargo, while the GLA-Class has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

The QX30's aggressive design also translates to the way it drives. Unless you go with one of the AMG-badged GLA-Class models, the QX30 is the more athletic vehicle of the two and is more enjoyable to drive.

What the GLA-Class Gets Right

Drivers wanting a high-performance model will have a better option with the GLA-Class, as it's available as an AMG GLA 45 model. While pricey at $54,345, the model is powered by a 375-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which helps the model get to 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds. Infiniti doesn't offer a performance version of the QX30.

While the QX30 offers you with more cargo space with the rear seats in place than the GLA-Class, folding the rear seats down tells a different story. With the rear seat folded away, the GLA-Class can hold 9.3 more cubic feet of cargo capacity than the QX30.

Another thing the GLA-Class has going for it is its badge. A Mercedes-Benz is, well, a Mercedes, and there's nothing like it. The automaker is a global powerhouse that's known both far and wide. If you want to say that you own and driver a Mercedes, there's only one option to get.

How Much Does the Badge Matter?

The QX30 and GLA-Class share a lot of the same parts and, besides their styling and badges, are essentially the same vehicle. Over the QX30's more athletic handling and modern design, some buyers may like the GLA-Class' conservative styling and badge. Buyers are also offered more customization choices with the GLA-Class, but it comes at a cost.

Verdict: Infiniti QX30

Unless you need the Mercedes-Benz badge, the Infiniti QX30 will appeal to more buyers – and it mostly comes down to the fact that it shares a lot of the same parts but costs less than the GLA-Class.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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