Range Rover Evoque vs. Mercedes-Benz GLA
Until now, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has been one of the best selling luxury SUVs on the market. However, Mercedes-Benz has recently entered the luxury SUV segment with its own version, the GLA.
Shorter and narrower than the Evoque, the GLA is shaped more like an oversized hatchback than a true SUV like the Evoque. While it is questionable if the Evoque would ever see any off-road terrain, that sort of versatility appears to be absent from the GLA.
While the space saving of the GLA is unique and gives the vehicle a feeling of openness, it does not compete against the cavernous Evoque which offers cargo space 5 cubic feet larger than the GLA’s.
The styling of the two vehicles is undeniably modern, but the frame of the Evoque exudes confidence, opulence and luxury in a way the smaller, hatchback-like GLA does not. When looking at the GLA, it appears that Mercedes-Benz wanted to take a conservative approach to styling.
When you slip into the driver’s seat of both vehicles the discrepancies between design, styling and luxury are obvious. The 2014 Evoque wraps its occupants in a cocoon of individuality that presents a mature cockpit design and functional center console. It is directly at odds with the sporty feeling displayed in the GLA, which uses high-glass plastics and sharp design angles.
On the road, the differences between the two are further amplified. The Evoque’s higher stance and SUV-like properties give a commanding and confident feel of the road, while the GLA’s sportiness felt more like a hatch-back than an SUV. While the Evoque is more powerful than the GLA, the GLA is smaller and lighter.
In the end, the Evoque and GLA are likely to appeal to different buyers with differing priorities. While they may look and feel worlds apart, their purposes are quite similar. The Evoque is a great SUV for those who want the feel of luxury and promise of performance.
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