New 2018 Mercedes‑Benz GLA SUV
Mercedes‑Benz GLA SUV
The 2018 GLA250 is the smallest, least expensive Mercedes-Benz SUV, but it packs plenty of panache, amenities and safety features.
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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is the smallest and most affordable SUV in the German automaker's lineup, slotting below the GLC. The GLA is among a wave of entry-level luxury-crossover SUVs such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Infiniti QX30 that have struck a chord with buyers thanks to their relative affordability, premium amenities, SUV-like utility and higher seating position. Like those rivals, the GLA looks more akin to a stylish, taller hatchback than a traditional SUV, but this baby Mercedes is agile and does offer all-wheel drive and even an off-road package for venturing off-pavement. The GLA250 also has a look-alike, the hotted-up AMG GLA45 with 375 horsepower and race-carlike reflexes. (See separate review.)
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want the prestige, style, safety features and accouterments of a Mercedes-Benz SUV for an un-Mercedes price, the GLA is your answer.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the GLA's starting price of just over $34,000 is tempting, it can quickly balloon with options. If your driving involves lots of highway miles or you predict the need for more room in the future, we suggest something more substantial like the Mercedes GLC or Lexus NX.
What's New for 2018
Mercedes freshened the GLA for 2018 with new front and rear treatments, and an interior update that includes a larger 8-inch high-res center screen. The standard power tailgate gets a hands-free open/close option, and Android Auto support joins Apple CarPlay phone integration.
The GLA's tidy size makes it a friend in cities and urban environments, where its easy-to-park manners and maneuverability help it slither through congestion. It's in traffic and in-town driving where you'll notice its start/stop feature, which cuts engine power at idle. Restarts aren't too jarring, but noticeable all the same. You can defeat it with the press of a button. On the highway and at higher speeds, the GLA can feel a bit twitchy -- another consequence of its smaller size and wheelbase. With a 0-60-mph time of just over seven seconds, the GLA isn't slow but also doesn't feel particularly fast. Some turbo lag can be felt, especially when you floor it from a rolling stop. We also wished for a touch more refinement from the 7-speed twin-clutch automatic. Driven with gusto in the twisties, the little GLA feels planted and holds its own.
More than ever, we live in an era of automotive distraction. That makes automatic emergency braking systems such as the GLA's Active Brake Assist all the more relevant -- and potentially life-saving. If a collision appears imminent, the car will alert you. If you fail to brake, it ultimately will.
ELECTRONIC BRAKE HOLD
If you seem to spend more time stopping than going, you'll likely embrace this feature. A press of a button applies the brake for you when you're at a stoplight. This enables you to take your foot off the pedal to relax, plus be able to instantly hit the accelerator pedal.
The GLA's 2-row/5-passenger cabin is a pretty cozy cocoon. As its small proportions would suggest, passenger space is at premium in back, where legroom comes up short. The same can be said for storage nooks up front, though we always felt comfortable in the multi-adjustable driver's seat. The layout below the standard 8-inch center display is starting to look a little tired, but the buttons are easy to see and use. The elegant air vents remind you that you're in a Mercedes luxury vehicle. The GLA's cargo space of 17.2 cubic feet with rear seats up expands to 43.6 with them folded.
The GLA may be classified as an SUV, but it's no traditional slab-sided ute. This little Mercedes crossover SUV combines traits of a hot hatchback with the higher ride height of a sport-utility vehicle. If you want more ruggedness, the Off-Road Package raises the body over an inch in addition to adding modified ride settings. Truth be told, we're not crazy about the 2018 GLA's lower front lip, which to us looks like a catfish crossed with a sad-face emoji. You can turn the frown around with either the AMG Line or Night package, both of which substitute a tauter, skidplate-style treatment.
Notable Standard Equipment
The least expensive GLA is still a Mercedes, so it has a lot of nice features, such as 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat, power tailgate, dual-zone climate control, automatic brake hold, and 8-inch central display with rearview camera. The standard audio/infotainment consists of AM/FM/CD/HD Radio with dual USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity, but you'll have to pay an extra $350 for CarPlay/Android Auto integration. Safety features range from the Attention Assist system monitoring for signs of drowsiness to autonomous emergency braking. In addition to all-wheel drive, GLA 4Matic models add an off-road mode to the Eco, Comfort and Sport drive modes.
Notable Optional Equipment
Genuine leather in place of the faux MB-Tex stuff is worthy of your attention, as is blind-spot monitoring, hands-free tailgate, heated front seats, panoramic roof, navigation and universal garage-door opener. Many of these goodies are bundled in packages. The Driver Assistance Package combines active cruise control and lane-keep assist, while the Park Assist Package has a surround-view camera, power-folding mirrors and Parking Pilot, which assists with parallel parking. A harman/kardon premium audio system is available, as is in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi and the mbrace Connect service that lets you lock, start and perform other functions via your phone.
Under the Hood
The GLA250 uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that is tied to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. With 0-60-mph times of 7.2 seconds for front-wheel drive (FWD) models and 7.1 for all-wheel drive (AWD), neither will set the road on fire but they still get the job done. The Sport mode calibrates the vehicle for quicker responses, and there are shift paddles mounted to the steering wheel for those times you want to play the part of F1 racer. As previously mentioned, it's perfectly normal for the engine to shut off at stoplights. The Mercedes does it to save fuel and cut emissions. Called Eco Start/Stop, the system can be disabled. Note that the GLA likes to drink premium unleaded gasoline.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
208 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/33 mpg (FWD), 23/31 mpg (AWD)
With a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $34,395, the GLA250 is Mercedes' second-least-expensive vehicle behind the CLA compact sedan, which comes in $700 less. In all-wheel-drive 4Matic form, the GLA begins at $36,395. These are certainly tantalizing prices for a German luxury vehicle, but keep in mind options can force prices up. A loaded GLA can eclipse $50,000. At these prices, the 2018 Mercedes GLA starts slightly above the Q3 and Lincoln MKC, and a hair beneath the BMW X1. Also starting higher is the Lexus NX, though the Lexus is larger, nearly the size of a GLC. The Infiniti QX30, which shares a platform with the GLA, is several thousand less. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The GLA's resale value is expected to hold up quite well, falling just short of the Audi Q3's.
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,...
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...
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 -...
December 23, 2015
Comfort, power and looks
My wife and I love the GLA 250. Are choice was down to the BMW xi, the Audi Q3 and the GlA. The rides on all three were very good, but...
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...
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