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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2019 Cadillac XT5

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA is a ruggedly handsome mix of a crossover and a hatchback. The size, being a mini SUV, is like that of a hatch, but the functions and amenities are definitely a crossover.  It comes equipped with performance-oriented characteristics but still offers top-quality comfort.

The 2019 Cadillac XT5 is the brand’s entry to the luxury SUV segment. Although it is not like the usual compact SUVs that are gaining popularity these days, the XT5 promises the same combination of grand features and comfort.

Design & Style

Most of the changes in the GLA are in the tech features and only minor ones in its design. For this year, the GLA gets a sharply sculpted body that is paired to steeply-angled pillars.  It now sports 18-inch wheels and the three-pointed star on the grille is made more prominent. The cockpit is nearly the same except for the bigger circular vents and the soft-touch details.

The swept-back headlights look more prominent with the vertical LED style of the XT5. This could have been a great direction for its styling cues if they did not settle for bland design details for the rest of the car.

Technology & Safety

Tech features get updated every year and the GLA has these upgrades too with every model year. The base model has a decent infotainment system that does not need to be upgraded. It is already advanced in a sense that it can provide ample entertainment and an exceptional navigation feature. Even the standard driver aids are okay on the base level. You will have the rearview camera and automatic emergency braking among other useful safety features.

Thankfully, the infotainment system of the XT5 got a proper upgrade. It is not the best in its class but is responsive than the previous generations. The user interface is also smoother and not confusing. Be warned about the voice control feature, though, as it has a lot of faulty tendencies.


The GLA is powered by an optimized engine that delivers 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain is enough to pull the GLA, especially on higher revs. Handling remains athletic and sharp along corners and the chassis is very competitive if you prefer a spirited driving.

Performance is where all the hype went up for the XT5. It boasts of a V6 engine that can go as high as 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque.

The Bottom Line

Save for its powerful engine, there is not much to love about the 2019 Cadillac XT5. The bland styling and basic infotainment hurt its chance of becoming great. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA, on the other hand, hit all the right buttons and this is why it stays on top of the game.

Ready to Schedule a 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Test Drive Today?

If you are interested in buying the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA, let Mercedes-Benz of Huntington deliver the best deal in town for you. We serve customers throughout the state and its surrounding regions. Drop by our showroom located in Huntington or call us to pre-book for a 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA test drive appointment today!

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