Used 2016 Mercedes‑Benz GLA SUV
Mercedes‑Benz GLA SUV
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV isn’t your typical off-road roughhouser, favoring instead racy good looks and a sporty ride.
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With compact-luxury crossover SUVs like the BMW X1 and Lexus NX roaming freely, it was only a matter of time before Mercedes-Benz jumped into the fray. With the 2016 GLA, MB has produced a sub-$35,000 compact-luxury crossover SUV that obliterates the field with its stunning good looks, powerful engine options and surprisingly roomy interior. Sharing its engines and underpinnings with the popular CLA sedan, the GLA250 and GLA45 AMG depart from the Audi A3, Land Rover Evoque and BMW X1 by creating a silhouette more wagon-like than SUV. As such, the GLA appeals more to driving enthusiasts with light off-road needs rather than the “outdoor lifestyle” crowd so over-represented in most marketing campaigns.
You'll Like This Car If...
Love the look and feel of a wagon but not the stigma or limited availability? The 2016 GLA compact-crossover SUV from Mercedes-Benz is the perfect solution. Available all-wheel drive makes the GLA the perfect year-round companion, while the AMG version should satisfy the most demanding enthusiast.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you want a sporty-looking compact-luxury SUV, but you also need the ability to go off-road and carry lots of cargo and people, a Land Rover Evoque, BMW X3 or even a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk makes a better choice.
What's New for 2016
For 2016, the GLA250 gains keyless start, dual-zone climate control, Dynamic Select drive modes and an upgraded infotainment system. Keyless Go is added to the Premium package, while the GLA45 AMG gains a new Dynamic Plus package option. The GLA’s rearview camera has been improved to provide a 180-degree viewing angle.
Mercedes-Benz’s 2016 GLA250 luxury-crossover SUV is the kind of vehicle that prompts fights over who gets the driver’s seat and who rides shotgun, and there’s even more to love when it comes to the GLA45 AMG. The base GLA250’s 208-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder is plenty quick, delivering a zero-to-60-mph sprint just a hair over the 7-second mark. The GLA’s low center of gravity and well-engineered suspension help it hug the corners, and understeer is fairly predictable once the tire’s adhesion limits are broached. As good as the GLA250 is, it can’t hold a candle to the performance delivered by the AMG trim’s 355-horsepower engine and Dynamic Select suspension. Although performance is not as neck-snapping as some of MB’s larger AMG offerings, the GLA45 AMG can still sprint to 60 mph in less than five seconds, and the sound from the exhaust tips is like Mozart for motorheads.
DOWNHILL SPEED REGULATION
Although you probably won’t be taking the 2016 MB GLA250 to the Rubicon Trail, the standard Hill Descent Control is a nice feature to have when creeping down a snow-covered hill or the occasional dirt trail.
A panoramic sunroof can help open an otherwise claustrophobic cabin, but when fitted to a vehicle the size of Mercedes-Benz’s 2016 GLA compact-luxury SUV, it practically makes one feel like they’re driving a convertible.
Though the 2016 GLA luxury-crossover SUV from Mercedes-Benz feels somewhat coupe-like from the front seats (which is no accident – after all, it’s essentially based on the so-called 4-door- coupe format of the CLA), rear passengers are met with more generous headroom thanks to the GLA’s 3.5-inch-taller SUV profile. As such, this bubble-like greenhouse is bestowed with poplar, burled-walnut or aluminum trim options, which make it feel rather upscale in spite of its accessible price point. Those who won’t spring for leather will get the faux – but convincing – MB-Tex upholstery instead.
You can tell a lot about a car by its available colors, and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250’s available palette suggests a level of sophistication and maturity that you simply can’t find in other accessible offerings. Early adopters can choose the Edition Orange, of which 750 will be built, as well as a limited Night Package that adds gloss-black trim and black wheels. AMG versions receive the obligatory aggressive body treatment, while an optional Aerodynamics Package goes to 11 with a larger front splitter and a big roof spoiler.
Notable Standard Equipment
The GLA250 comes with an impressive list of safety items, including collision prevention with autonomous braking and attention assist. Other unexpected standard items include an off-road mode with hill-descent control and a graphical representation of suspension and steering settings with 4Matic versions. Engine stop/start, keyless start and a power liftgate round out the list of off-the-shelf items you might not expect in a reasonably priced Mercedes-Benz.
Notable Optional Equipment
If you’re smitten with the AMG model’s looks but are stuck with a standard-sized budget, the Sport Package adds meaner bodywork and 19-inch, 5-spoke AMG wheels. Available convenience items include blind-spot assistance, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and park assist, which helps find a parking spot and takes the reins by steering the GLA into the open space.
Under the Hood
Both of the 2016 GLA’s engine offerings are mated to 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmissions. The lineup’s powerplants couldn’t be more different in terms of spec, however – the GLA250’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the GLA45 AMG’s yields 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque (as well as a more aggressively programmed transmission). The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 compact-crossover SUV is available in front- or in all-wheel-drive 4Matic trim (FWD, AWD).
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (GLA250)
208 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/35 mpg (FWD), 24/32 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (GLA45 AMG)
355 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 2,250-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 mpg
In front-drive form, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 compact-crossover SUV starts just under $33,500, with the AWD version about $2,000 above that. At that mark, the GLA represents a solid value considering its quality interior and generous standard equipment. If you don’t mind keeping it somewhat simple by forgoing expensive options, you should be able to purchase a new GLA for less than you might think. The AMG version commands around $50,000, but the sportier model also delivers a fiercer, more mature driving experience. To get a good idea of what others are paying in your area, be sure to check out our Fair Purchase Price. Value should also work in the new GLA’s favor, as Mercedes vehicles tend to hold their value more than most, better than the Lincoln MKC, Audi Q3, Lexus NX and BMW X1, but on par with Land Rover Evoque.
Mercedes-Benz GLA Consumer Reviews
July 17, 2018
Excellent Value for entry MB
This car is the perfect urban car - the size is perfect for city driving and parking in tight spots. This car has all the power you need...
April 15, 2018
GREAT LITTLE LUXURY CAR
AWESOME VALUE. GREAT LOOKS. NICE HANDLING.
January 06, 2018
One of the best luxury autos Ive owned
I love this car. As far as looks and design, heads turn when I drive by. I purchased the matte gray, and detailed with the AMG Black...
November 19, 2016
I bought a used 2015 GLA45 AMG
I drove a Cayenne Turbo for ten years, went to a Caddy for 6 mos and then a GLA...Performance is great, very fast....Seats are very...
November 15, 2016
Perfect for young people
Although the noise control and riding comfort is not good as other Mercedes model, it is totally enough for young people. I really don't...
September 13, 2016
This just might be my next MB.
I am a Sr Citizen who has owned several diesel powered MBs and am looking for another. I have driven this car several times and like it,...
August 28, 2016
If you’re the type who likes sporty luxury cars and have more space including of road capability, the Mercedes GLA250 4Matic has a lot...
July 02, 2016
I love this vehicle
I used to drive a bigger SUV that was very basic I just recently purchased this vehicle and its very cute look like a car from the front...
June 24, 2016
2016 Mercedess GLA250 4WD
Performance very good, car seats comfortable and Exterior stylish. Interior design pretty and quality is value for the money.
February 23, 2016
PERFORMANCE, SAFETY, LOOKS & SUPERB CUSTOMER SERV
I've had my 2015 GLA for over a year. I drove it across country and back three weeks after purchasing. It is just a pleasure to drive -...