2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Pros: Invigorating driving personality, particularly in AMG model; classy cabin trimmings; good-for-the-class fuel economy

Cons: Limited cargo capacity compared to most class competitors; firm ride, especially in AMG model; back seat is tight for large adults; swoopy roofline makes for subpar visibility; louder than many rivals

CG Says: After its debut last year, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA adds standard keyless start, dual-zone automatic climate controls, and seat-cushion length adjustment. The infortainment screen is larger and the available rearview camera now provides 180-degree view functionality. Mercedes’ mbrace2 telematics has been upgraded and now has standard five-year service. With its unique bob-tailed body shape, the GLA-Class is one of the more car-like vehicles in the premium compact SUV class. The GLA is based on the European-market Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback, but has a raised ride height and beefier styling features. The entry-level GLA250 has a 208-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The performance-oriented GLA45 AMG comes only with all-wheel drive and packs a muscled-up, 355-hp version of the base model’s engine. Though the GLA sports a rather “urban” feel overall, it does offer hill-descent control and an off-road transmission mode for off-the-beaten-path use. Available safety features include Collision Prevention Assist, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot alert. The GLA favors agile handling and swoopy styling over a smooth ride and passenger/cargo functionality. It’s exciting on a twisty road, but other class competitors are more livable and practical in the daily grind.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices GLA250: $32,500
AWD GLA250: $34,500
AWD GLA45 AMG: $49,580

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
208
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-35

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
355
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

MY2015 GLA45 AMG
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG