Could your next new ride be an X3 Sports Activity Vehicle®? It's an athlete of a luxury SUV, one made to go the distance under even the harshest conditions. Still, shoppers across Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin, Tennessee, want to see how it compares to close competitors.

In this car comparison, we dive into the 2021 BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, so you can see how they stack up in every measure that matters. Discover more when you drop us a line here at BMW of Nashville today!

Performance: The X3 and GLA Experience 

Adventure calls-let nothing stand in your way! The 2021 X3 and GLA sport some pretty potent engines that can power more invigorating journeys. Just how much power will you have on tap?

The Mercedes-Benz GLA runs on a standard turbo 4-cylinder that cranks out 221 horsepower. Move with more muscle in a BMW X3, whose TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder has 248 horsepower on tap. Both are spirited and satisfying on the daily drive.

The performance-tuned Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA impresses with 382 horsepower. This cannot compare with the BMW X3 M, a performance machine with up to 503 horsepower available! If you want raw performance, there's no better option than BMW M.

Crossover to the Future: X3 Plug-In Hybrid

Imagine a way to save gas-even drive emissions-free-without sacrificing power. The BMW X3 has found it with a plug-in hybrid, which you won't find available for the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Dubbed the X3 xDrive30e, this electrifying and exhilarating vehicle has 288 horsepower on tap! It also promises an all-electric range of 17 miles, so you can run your local errands-and maybe even the drive to and from work-without dipping into your gasoline reserves.

The X3 Plug-In Hybrid also features a hybrid-specific instrument cluster. Find all the information you need to check in on your plug-in hybrid powertrain, from charge status to full-electric and combined driving ranges!

BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA: Exteriors

Should your new crossover have the good looks to go with all that innovative power? We think the answer is yes! The 2021 X3 and GLA certainly look sharp, each in their own way.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA has a reputation for sensual appeal that is almost unparalleled. Its LED headlamps shine forward fiercely, and the beautiful leather-appointed seats present a plusher cabin experience. For its part, the X3 serves up style as only a classic BMW would:

  • Active Kidney Grille (standard)
  • Air curtains and side air breathers (standard)
  • M Sport brakes w/ blue brake calipers (available)

If you want to dramatize your drive-and who wouldn't-add available Extended Shadowline Trim to your BMW. Visual enhancements to the kidney frame and tailpipe finishers in Black Chrome are some of the many sporty additions your luxury crossover will receive!

BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA: Which Is Better?

As you can see, these luxury SUVs are highly competitive! In the final analysis, though, the 2021 BMW X3 has the edge over the Mercedes-Benz GLA with unbeatable performance and style.

We want Nashville, Franklin, and Brentwood, TN, shoppers to see what we mean. The X3 Sports Activity Vehicle® begs to be driven, so schedule your test drive today at BMW of Nashville!

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