Review Mercedes-Benz GLA 250
The Mercedes’ GLA Class completes the game of three very-loved small cars of countrymen Audi, VW and BMW – a hatchback-based SUV. Separated from the A Class platform, it gets extra height and the all-wheel drive implies its 4Matic badge.
It also has some classy urban warrior-style black plastic details, large wheels to fill the large arches, and that’s an unmistakable Mercedes aesthetic. Its biggest competitor is Audi’s graceful aging Q3 while the old but capable X1 – reappears at the rear. Tiguan was too old to be considered in the same breath.
In a way, the GLA kicked off the second generation of German compact SUVs by being the last of the first. Whatever it is, it needs to be good to enter the contest.
The GLA 250 opens the tender at $ 57,900. That’s a huge leap over the GLA 200 diesel and is a bit off the $ 80,430 GLA 45’s 265 kW. For reference, the front-wheel-drive A 250 it’s based on, is $ 51,000.
In basic form, your money gets a six-speaker stereo with USB and Bluetooth, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, alarm with motion sensor and pull-away, trim ‘ Artificial leather, rear view camera, front and rear proximity sensors, power front seats with memory and heating, automatic headlamps and wipers, active bi-xenon headlights, air entry Key lever, giant panoramic sunroof, electric mirrors and windows.
Adding to the GLA 250’s $ 57,900 base price is metal paint ($ 1082), Driver Assistance and Comand packages (both $ 2264) or a total of $ 63,510. Driver assistance adds active lane departure and departure warnings while the Comand package features DAB digital radio, 12-speaker stereo, internet connectivity with your mobile data connection and built-in hard drive .
Chunky, huh? Or it should be chunky A (sorry) as it shares a lot of flourishing style with the humble hatchback. The GLA is 4417 mm compared to the 4292 mm for the A-Class but not significantly larger on the inside.
The blunt front end is covered by an eye-catching bonnet and the rest is essentially a standard lift hatchback, with unpainted plastic roller grooves. Front and rear bumper with satin chrome inserts. It’s not a heavy SUV, just enough to convince SUV buyers that they’re buying one. If that makes sense.
The inside is immediately familiar to A / CLA owners and that’s not a bad thing. Well combined and cleverly designed, there’s only a handful of questionable plastic options to worry about. The accommodation is good, with plenty of headroom and decent legroom for the rear passengers, but a long-range five-seater doesn’t, at least not if you take the rear passengers seriously.
A lot of storage around the cabin makes it a handy home device, including things that look like phone cabinets sneaking under the front seats.
… if you want the newest one, Merc is the one
Nine airbags, ABS, brake assist, forward collision detection, blind spot sensor, fatigue detection, brake avoidance, traction control and stability. For Mercedes’ reputation for safety, it has been awarded five ANCAP stars.
The Comand system is almost identical to the system found in CLA / A and is still an acquired taste. Sometimes too much movement is required to do something simple and it can be difficult to figure out what “focus” is for the dial. The dial buttons are sometimes ignored by software, causing swearing and swearing. However, the screen itself is clear and well positioned with good detail and smooth graphics.
There are too many buttons that seem to be randomly placed around the cabin, and the buttons don’t always tell you what you’ve done. While the sat-nav is a bit confusing and lacking in detail, it works well.
Engine / Drive
The GLA 250 is powered by a Mercedes turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine that produces 155 kW and 350 Nm of torque. Drive all four through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, those numbers will take you to 100 km / h in 7.1 seconds while consuming an average of 7.0 liters per 100km.
Despite our attitudes towards fuel economy, including turning off the start stop feature to keep the air-conditioner running in order to remove Sydney’s stifling humidity and turn off large sunroof, we remains below 10 L / 100km.
If it looks like a tall hatch, that’s probably how it should drive. In this respect, the GLA did not disappoint. Body rolls there, but is well controlled and never worried about lunch or lunch. Large bumps are seen with the thud and tinkle of tools underneath the boot floor.
Throttle response from the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is a bit soft in Eco, but all of that is forgotten when you bring the pedal down to the carpet.
The steering and braking system is specially mentioned because it is just right. Throttle response from the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is a bit soft in Eco, but all of that is forgotten when you bring the pedal down to the carpet. The gearbox quickly steps down and transmits torque, switching seamlessly between seven ratios.
Curiously, this engine’s sound is quite different from that of a CLA or A – it sounds more gravelly, perhaps to give a slightly more impression of solidity. It’s not a disagreement, just weird, something you might only notice if you’ve gone straight from one to the other.
It’s not a fireball, but never feels slow as long as you’re upright with your right foot. Suburban running is just as comfortable and pleasant as highway composure, though some surfaces offer a resounding roar from the 19-inch flat rubber.
The cheaper BMW X1 is more drivable than the Merc but has a dull interior while the Audi Q3 is a more convincing SUV. Both are much cheaper than the original but don’t have such a lavish list of standard equipment, nor a three-pointed star on the front.
The GLA looks pretty good – and for some, looking like a Mercedes is important – drive well and have plenty of features to get your attention.
If you don’t really need all-wheel drive and a slightly higher driving position, stick with the cheaper A-Class and enjoy the savings (or more options). But we do know that an SUV is sometimes irresistible, and if you want one that stays up to date, then Merc is the right choice.