In comparing the Mercedes-Benz GLA's and the Mercedes-Benz GLB's specifications and ratings, the Mercedes-Benz GLA has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and resale value. The Mercedes-Benz GLB has the advantage in the area of interior volume. The Mercedes-Benz GLA and Mercedes-Benz GLB have the same base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Mercedes-Benz GLA's and the Mercedes-Benz GLB's specifications and ratings, the Mercedes-Benz GLA is a better car than the Mercedes-Benz GLB.
Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Mercedes-Benz GLB Pricing
A used 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA ranges from $38,887 to $51,702 while a used 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB is priced between $41,777 to $53,586. For a new model, the Mercedes-Benz GLA's price is between $41,881 and $61,178, with the Mercedes-Benz GLB priced between $46,482 and $60,596.
Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. Mercedes-Benz GLB Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Mercedes-Benz GLA loses 38.8 percent of its value and the Mercedes-Benz GLB loses 40.5 percent of its value. This means the Mercedes-Benz GLA retains 1.7 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Mercedes-Benz GLB.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the base engine of both the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Mercedes-Benz GLB makes 221 horsepower. The GLA is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 459 miles. The GLB is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 509 miles.This gives the Mercedes-Benz GLA the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Mercedes-Benz GLB the advantage in maximum range. Both models use premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Mercedes-Benz GLB, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Mercedes-Benz GLA, a crossover/subcompact SUV, has the advantage in the area of cargo space. The Mercedes-Benz GLA and Mercedes-Benz GLB are comparable in regards to front shoulder room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Mercedes-Benz GLB has an average safety rating of 4.67 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.