New 2019 Mercedes‑Benz GLA SUV
Mercedes‑Benz GLA SUV
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is an entry-level premium-crossover SUV. It’s small, but sports luxury features, design and prestige.
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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 straddles that vague ground between crossover SUV and hatchback. This subcompact vehicle has the much-loved raised driving position and offers all-wheel drive. But whereas most crossover SUVs tend to be a bit more (or a lot more) imposing, the GLA250 makes a little less of a splash. It’s a classy way to be for an entry-level luxury-crossover SUV that competes against rivals like the Audi Q3, BMW X3, Infiniti QX30 and the all-new Lexus UX. Higher up the 2019 GLA totem is the fairly hot 375-horsepower AMG GLA45, which is reviewed separately, but the overall package of the GLA250 is charming. It represents affordable luxury while cutting a dash around town.
You'll Like This Car If...
You either want to move up to something more sophisticated while not going crazy with the budget, or downsize to something still luxurious but less wieldy. The 2019 GLA250 is a petite bundle of high class, with many features for which Mercedes-Benz is renowned.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Space is not the final frontier, but an issue dear to your heart. Driving a car-load of lanky teenagers to soccer practice is going to bring about some grumpiness for those in the back. And be careful with the options list; things can get pretty pricey pretty quickly.
What's New for 2019
Apart from the introduction of Iridium Silver into the palette of exterior paint colors, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 carries over from 2018 unchanged.
Given the modest width and length of the 2019 GLA250, it feels about as stable and planted as it’s possible to be. These dimensions make it easy to park, helped by the light steering. The GLA feels perfectly at home in towns and suburbs, and although it’s about as quiet as a good mainstream car on the freeway, a little more sound insulation wouldn’t go amiss in a premium vehicle like this. The ride quality is at a similar level: comfortable and together, but not quite convincing as a luxury car. Our thoughts on the shift action of the automatic transmission are along the same lines. The turbocharged engine, however, is eager and punchy, a pleasant complement to the GLA’s nimble handling. Some drivers might not like the noticeable way the engine’s fuel-saving stop/start feature kicks back in, but they can easily turn it off if they can’t get used to it.
ACTIVE BRAKE ASSIST
Even with the best of intentions, there are times when our concentration wavers. Or we just might not notice something. Annoyingly, those occasions often occur at the worst possible time; that’s why it’s great to have another unblinking eye on the road ahead, with the ability to apply the brakes if necessary.
ELECTRONIC BRAKE HOLD
This is perfect for traffic jams in San Francisco, and no doubt welcome elsewhere as well. Pressing a button keeps the brake applied, such as when stopped at a red light. So the driver can relax that foot a little before stepping on the accelerator pedal.
Being a subcompact, the 2019 GLA 250 is far from roomy, but space for rear passengers is acceptable for average-sized adults providing those in front aren’t above average in height. The usual elegance Mercedes-Benz displays in its cabins is certainly evident here, but look a little closer and some of the plastics used (especially at the lower levels) are more mainstream than premium in terms of quality. For the GLA to be the company’s least expensive crossover SUV, some cost-cutting has to happen somewhere. It all seems to be built well enough, however. With the rear seats flipped down, total cargo space is 41.8 cubic feet. For some context, the Volkswagen Golf compact hatchback has 52.7.
Whether the 2019 GLA250 is a real SUV or not, it certainly has some of the attitude, with a chunky grille and faux skidplates on the lower fascias at both ends of the all-wheel-drive version. Move up a little, though, and the GLA grows sleeker rather than getting into boxy SUV territory. Crossover SUV? High-riding hatchback? Whatever it is, it’s arguably easy on the eye. The GLA is also unmistakably a Mercedes-Benz, with the prestige that accompanies the name.
Notable Standard Equipment
Despite the “entry-level crossover-SUV” status of the 2019 GLA250, it still comes with plenty of premium equipment as standard. Such as a power tailgate, automatic dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, selectable driving modes, 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, high-resolution 8-inch infotainment display, and keyless entry/ignition. Standard safety features include forward-collision mitigation with emergency braking and driver-attention monitoring.
Notable Optional Equipment
All-wheel drive (known as 4Matic in Mercedes jargon) is $2,000, bringing an off-road driving mode, dedicated display and downhill-speed regulation. Additional equipment includes active lane keeping, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree camera system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, Wi-Fi, ambient LED cabin lighting, hands-free tailgate, panoramic roof, LED headlights, heated front seats, Harman Kardon audio system upgrade, remote start/lock/unlock, and a self-parking feature. In other words, many of the items that larger, truly luxurious vehicles offer. Leather upholstery is also available, but the simulated stuff in the regular 2019 GLA250 is actually quite good.
Under the Hood
A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine provides the 2019 GLA250 with a healthy 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque from a diet of premium unleaded gasoline. This is sent to the front wheels in standard form (FWD), or all four with the 4Matic system (AWD), through a 7-speed automatic transmission (fitted with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles). In performance terms, the sprint from standstill to 60 mph takes 7.2 seconds, or 0.1 faster with all-wheel drive. No reason to call up the record books, but probably fine for most people on most roads. Among the drive modes is a Sport setting that sharpens throttle responses and sets transmission shift points higher up the rev range.
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)
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,950. Add the $995 destination charge for $34,945. So the GLA is priced keenly for a premium marque. Fight the urge to be impulsive, though, when consulting the options list. It’s possible to spend close to $4,000 on supplemental driver aids alone. Throw in a few comfort and convenience amenities, and the bottom line will zip past the $40,000 mark and be well on the way toward $50,000. However, the BMW X1 starts out a little higher. The Audi Q3 is a fraction lower, while the Volvo XC40 is far more reasonable. The Infiniti QX30, which shares a platform with the GLA, costs several thousands less. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new GLA250. Resale value is expected to be robust, but the Audi Q3 fares slightly better.
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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 -...
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