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AutoGuide Comparison: The Lexus NX 200t vs. Mercedes GLA 250

Lexus NX vs Mercedes GLA

Autoguide has a new comparison with the Lexus NX 200t and Mercedes GLA 250:

As tested, these two vehicles come with similar levels of equipment and a price tag separated by less than $100; coming in at just over $45,000. If that seems like a lot of money, both crossovers can be had for substantially less.

Mercedes did a good job shrinking down the Brand’s design elements in creating the GLA. But we find it’s lacking the refinement and quality expected from Mercedes-Benz… A good first attempt at a more entry-level product for the North American market, the GLA comes up a bit short.

And we don’t mean that figuratively either. Even if these two vehicles were the same size, the Lexus still offers more for the money.

Much of the written review is repeated in the accompanying video:

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    DDas
  • February 16, 2015
I saw the GLA in person and I wasn't truly taken away by it. The shape is a little awkward and it looks like someone lifted an A Class or a B Class. The NX actually looks like a crossover. I know I am only talking looks but that's still an important part of luxury vehicles. Great review!
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    Levi
  • February 16, 2015
Lexus is the best looking CUV/SUV out there. Now if they made a bigger luxury version with real 4WD and Turbo V8, think GX F...
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    OlFius
  • February 16, 2015
The NX comparing with the GLA ? Strange. For me is the NX still clearly a step higher. Compare the NX with the upcoming GLC would be better, I think. It's like comparing the IS with the CLA, don't do that. Compare the IS with the C-class.
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      PG
    • February 16, 2015
    I guess the chose to pit the NX against the GLA because of their similar price points (as equipped in this test)
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      OlFius
    • February 16, 2015
    I've seen this, the price was a point. But if the price is a reference, you could also make a comparison between the CLA and an IS. Not doing so !
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      wasapasserby
    • February 16, 2015
    Agreed - I think the review would have been better suited comparing the NX with the GLK (GLC?) and then addressing price/value. Of course the GLA is going to drive like a hatchback and get better fuel economy, and of course the NX is going to feel and drive larger.
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    DDas
  • February 16, 2015
NEW LEXUS CONCEPT TEASED!
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      OlFius
    • February 16, 2015
    Is this the concept for Geneva ?! That broad sides... reminds me of the CT concept...
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      Rein Reinu
    • February 16, 2015
    New RX ? Fuel Cell lexus ?
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      DDas
    • February 16, 2015
    I believe it's the one for Geneva. Lexus deleted the tweet and Facebook post right away. It seems to be smaller than a CT or the size of a Smart Car or maybe an Audi A1 competitor
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    Travis
  • February 17, 2015
The gla is ugly as sin. I saw one on the highway coming home from work it looks so wired I didn't find one thing about it I liked. The worse part was that front over hang and big nose that stick out it looks like a pic
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    Andyl
  • February 17, 2015
This review is decent except some wrong pieces of information or wrong perception about the quality of material inside the cabins --- the reviewer commented that the GLA has exposed metal upper door frame but in fact both NX and GLA have metal upper door frame exposed. Lexus just embellishes the details better by painting the upper inner door frame in matte black paint. At 6:20, the reviewer said the exposed screws inside the NX is a lack of quality refinement. -- I think the reviewer is not detailed enough to see the surface of the screws....hate this kind of reviews as it is not based on facts.
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The NX is classy, original with a superior perceived quality (outside). The cabin's perceived quality has to be improved imo.

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