North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Mercedes GLA Near Calhoun, GA

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Mercedes GLA

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Escape (except S)’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 Escape and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Escape 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLA. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLA ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The GLA isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the GLA250:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Escape uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The GLA requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Escape has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 250’s standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escape has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the GLA 45 AMG’s standard fuel tank (15.7 vs. 14.8 gallons).

The Escape 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

The Escape stops shorter than the GLA:





60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GLA250 suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The GLA doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.8% to 42.2%) than the GLA’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the Escape more stable handling and braking.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the GLA250 4MATIC pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

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

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GLA doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the GLA250 4MATIC (39 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 7.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLA (98.7 vs. 91).

The Escape has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, 3.6 inches more rear headroom, 10.2 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The GLA’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (34 vs. 14.9 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 41.8 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’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

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The GLA doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its mbrace can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape 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.

Consumer Reports rated the Escape’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the GLA’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

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

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’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.

The Escape (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The GLA doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $1000 to $3500 less than the GLA over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the GLA because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the GLA, including $667 less for a water pump, $520 less for an alternator, $172 less for front brake pads, $546 less for a starter, $502 less for fuel injection, $177 less for a fuel pump, $448 less for front struts and $431 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $9014 to $19920 less than for the Mercedes GLA.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GLA isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Escape outsold the Mercedes GLA by almost thirteen to one during the 2016 model year.

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