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2022 BMW X2 Vs. 2022 Mercedes Benz GLA-Class; Which Of These Subcompact Crossovers Should I Lease In 2022.

For as long as we can remember, it has always been BMW vs. Mercedes. The rivalry between these two next-door automakers has been so intense, and their respective fans make it look even more serious than it appears to be.

Comparing two mid-size SUVs from these German automakers makes perfect sense to help you make the right decision without sentiments.

The BMW X2 is a sporty mid-size crossover with all the traits of a typical BMW, while the GLA-Class is Mercedes Benz’s entry-luxury mid-size crossover with virtually all the high-tech and luxury features you will find in higher Mercedes Benz models.

As the Germans battle for who has the best mid-size luxury crossover, buyers are getting a lot more confused. This comparison is tailored to assist you in making the right choice on which of these crossover SUVs is best for you.


For 2022, the Mercedes Benz GLA, which is currently in its second generation launched in 2021, carries over unchanged except for minor updates like the SiriusXM satellite radio and a 115-volt power outlet that are now part of the Premium package.

For the X2, the German automaker rolls out the subcompact crossover as part of its first-generation with only minor changes. Black side-mirror caps are now offered as a standalone option, along with some other slight trim upgrades.

Power And Transmission

Speaking of power, BMW and Mercedes Benz are two highly reputable car brands distinguished by their incredibly hot performance cars. However, the X2 and GLA aren’t performance vehicles, but they aren’t boring cars either.

BMW offers two engine options for the X2 crossover. The base 28i model is motivated by a smooth 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 228-horses and 258 lb-ft of torque. If this base engine does not level up to your standards, then you can opt for the tuned version of the same gutsy turbo-four, available on the M35i model. This enhanced version of the base engine puts out 302-hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available to buyers with more cash to spare. Consider leasing the 2022 BMW X2 if you are obsessed with power and performance.

On the other hand, the Mercedes Benz GLA comes with only one engine, and buyers can look towards the AMG-versions if they desire a faster and sportier GLA-Class. Beneath the hood of all 2022 GLA is a 2.0Liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 221-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque when paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. While this is not as powerful as the X2’s base 228-hp engine, it still gets the job done. Mercedes has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid model will be added to the GLA’s lineup later.

Handling And Performance

Both crossovers boast crisp handling and lovable steering response, though a ride in the X2 could turn out to be stiff when the crossover is equipped with sports-tuned suspensions. The GLA’s suspension appears to be lovable, as it reduces impact when riding on uneven surfaces, thereby providing a more pleasant ride.

In terms of performance, the base X2 is slightly behind the GLA despite having a more powerful engine. The 28i model of the BMW X2 races from 0-60mph in 6.4seconds against the Mercedes Benz’s 6.3seconds. Going up to the M35i, the X2 completes 0-60mph in an impressive 4.6seconds. We still can’t digest how the current GLA is slower than its predecessor, which did the same in 5.7seconds.

Fuel Economy

Smaller engines result in higher fuel efficiency, and we couldn’t agree any less. The Mercedes Benz GLA happens to be the most fuel-efficient of the two, with an EPA rating of 25-mpg in the city and 34-mpg on the highway. The BMW X2 follows closely with 24-mpg in the city and 32-mpg on the highway. This rating drops by 1-mpg for AWD models and drops further for the M35i model.


As entry-level SUVs, we wouldn’t expect a very luxurious interior, but Mercedes Benz doesn’t share in this belief. The interior of the GLA is closely related to what you’d find in pricier SUVs from the luxury automaker.

We understand that BMW’s language is more of performance than luxury, but the X2 should have a more elegant dash to go with its handsome exterior design.

The interior of the X2 features high-quality seats, a heads-up display, and some other high-tech features. It’s not as roomy as the sloped roof design eats up a bit of the headroom for the rear seat passengers. There’s an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay integration but no Android auto.

The interior of the GLA is adorned with aircraft-inspired circular air vents, ambient lighting, and a dual 7-ich display merged to serve as the driver’s gauge display and touchscreen infotainment system. This display can be upgraded to 10.3-inches each, to provide a broader view. The Mercedes Benz GLA is a little roomier than the X2, with more headroom, legroom, and a slightly larger trunk. The GLA’s infotainment system is modern and allows for Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, unlike that of the X2. There’s also a heads-up display. You can choose to lease the 2022 GLA-Class if you are looking for a more luxurious and spacious interior, and trunk.

The BMW X2 and Mercedes Benz GLA-Class are two luxury sub-compact crossovers that will offer great value for your money. They are both highly-rated and amongst the top SUVs in their segment.

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