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KBB Expert Rating 8.7 / 10
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By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

Mercedes-Benz has left its comfort zone to create a radical compact SUV unlike anything before it. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA small-luxury-crossover SUV takes aim at the BMW X1, Infiniti QX30 and Lexus NX, offering Mercedes’ engineering, luxury and performance at a price starting under $34,000. Despite its very un-SUV-like profile, the compact GLA is surprisingly roomy, although you’ll find more cargo and passenger space in an Audi Q3 and Land Rover Evoque. A pair of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines borrowed from the MB CLA sedan supply power to the GLA250 and high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLA45 SUVs. Because of its taut suspensions and low ground clearance, the GLA is more appealing to driving enthusiasts rather than weekend campers needing true off-road ability.

You'll Like This Car If...

Miss the ride comfort and cargo hauling abilities of small luxury wagon? The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA is just that, only those crafty Germans have disguised it to look like a small-luxury SUV. The AMG version delivers scintillating performance, while 4Matic all-wheel drive can help tackle winter’s worst.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those seeking actual off-road ability in a small SUV would be better served spending $35,000 on a Subaru Outback, Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk or Land Rover Evoque. Those who prefer the security of carrying a spare tire won’t feel very good about the GLA’s run-flat-only option.

What's New for 2017

For 2017, the Mercedes-Benz GLA gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while a new, thinner 8-inch display screen is part of the Multimedia package. New standard features include Dynamic Select suspension and a revised dash.

Driving It Driving Impressions

With Mercedes-Benz’s 2017 GLA luxury-crossover SUV, when it comes time to decide who will drive and who will ride shotgun, don’t be surprised if a scuffle ensues. With the Mercedes-AMG GLA45, it might actually become a brawl. That’s because the 2017 GLA SUV is far more about driving fun than utility. In the GLA250, a 208-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder provides brisk acceleration and passing power, enough to produce a 7-second zero-to-60-mph run. Adding to the fun are a taut suspension and a low-sprung body that allow the GLA to hug corners without feeling like it’s about to tip over. We did encounter understeer once the tires reached their breaking point, but it was gradual enough to allow for correction. The true performer is the 355-horsepower GLA45 AMG. With a sub-5-second sprint to 60 mph, the GLA45 AMG lays waste to every other competitor in this class.

Favorite Features

This feature is nice to have when creeping down slippery inclines or gravel-strewn trails. The 2017 MB GLA’s Hill Descent Control holds the vehicle at a slow set speed so the driver doesn’t have to constantly ride the brake.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA for 2017 offers a dual-pane panoramic sunroof so large that when open it makes the GLA feel more like a Jeep Wrangler. A power sunshade keeps things cool in the summer, or can be retracted to let sunlight stream into the cabin.

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