2017 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: For 2017, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class gains an one-inch bigger control screen and a revised instrument cluster. 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. Both engines mate to a seven-speed automated-manual transmission. GLA shares its platform and 208-hp engine with Infiniti QX30, but has unique styling and suspension settings. 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: $32,850
AWD GLA250: $34,850
AWD GLA45 AMG: $49,900

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
208
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-33

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)
28