Entry-level luxury isn’t an oxymoron.
For about the cost of an average new car—any new car—luxury automakers offer something that resembles affordable. For about $37,000, which is the average price paid for a new car last year, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and 2020 BMW X1 are available. They may not be the best seats in either of the automakers’ respective houses, but at least you’re through the door.
But which is better? Which crossover gets you the most luxury for the least money? Good questions. Our TCC Rating favors the X1 over the GLA—6.2 to 5.6—but there’s a caveat. Let’s dive in.
MORE: Read our full reviews of the 2020 BMW X1 and 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
The GLA-Class costs $35,525, including…