2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Pros: Invigorating driving personality; classy cabin trimmings; good-for-the-class fuel economy

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

CG Says: The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class drops its performance-oriented AMG GLA 45 model. Otherwise, the GLA is unchanged this year with a redesigned model expected for 2021. With its unique bob-tailed body shape, the GLA-Class is one of the more car-like vehicles in the premium subcompact 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 GLA 250 has a 208-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A 7-speed automated-manual is the sole 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 Subcompact 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 GLA 250: $35,245
AWD GLA 250: $37,245

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 250
Also Consider
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - NA

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