Compare MINI Countryman
 MINI Countryman
 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Compare the 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman to Mercedes-Benz's Subcompact GLA 250 SUV

Californians have big personalities. But, with the limited amount of elbow room out here, it can sometimes feel like you don't have the space to show it--especially when it comes to your vehicle. You want something that can be fun and sporty, bold and eye-catching, and stylish without compromising on practicality, efficiency, and easy drivability. Small, turbocharged SUVs like the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 and the handsome new 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman are crossover options that pack a big punch into a small body.

Compare these two subcompact SUVs to see which might be the better fit for your lifestyle.

2018 MINI Cooper Countryman vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

  • The new 2018 MINI Countryman starts at $26,900
  • The new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 starts at $33,400--a $6,500 premium over the MINI
  • A MINI Cooper Countryman equipped with ALL4 all-wheel drive still starts at under $30,000
  • A GLA SUV equipped with 4MATIC® AWD will run you $35,400--for a very similar feature list
  • Both SUVs come standard with punchy, turbocharged engines; Mercedes' 2.0-liter four-cylinder is more powerful than MINI's standard 1.5-liter three-cylinder, but the Countryman line has the upper hand in total available horsepower than the GLA 250
  • The MINI Cooper Countryman SUV boasts better highway and combined mpg ratings than the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250
  • MINI offers a modern Cooper S E Countryman Plug-In Hybrid model--the Mercedes-Benz GLA offers no such hybrid competition
  • The 2018 GLA 250 has slightly more cargo space behind the rear seat (17.2 cu. ft. to the Countryman's 15.9 cu. ft.)
  • The 2018 MINI Countryman has more total available cargo space (49 cu. ft. to the GLA's 41.8 cu. ft.)
  • The new MINI Cooper Countryman offers 10.3 more inches of leg room in the second row, with 37.6 inches to the GLA's mere 27.3 inches
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