2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC - Mercedes-Benz might not be understood for building tiny, front-wheel-drive-based hatchbacks, but in Europe it offers several of them. Throughout the fish pond, the luxury brand's compact range consists of the A-class hatchback, the B-class mini-MPV (available in the States as an EV), the CLA-class shooting-brake wagon, as well as the GLA-class crossover. The 4 look so comparable that it's difficult to inform them apart. The GLA crossover we enter the U.S., for example, is only 2.4 inches taller compared to the A-class hatchback, and we have actually consistently compared it with a hotted-up hatch in feel and look considering that it got here on our shores in 2014.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC
Probably the GLA does not say SUV loudly sufficient for consumers to listen to. Throwing the market fad, the GLA crossover was outsold by its CLA car sibling in 2016, albeit by just a few hundred units. So it makes sense that when Mercedes upgraded the GLA for 2018, it put a top priority on making it look more SUV sturdy.
A new front end sporting activities a reshaped bumper and a restyled grille that looks extra like those found on Benz's larger SUVs, the GLE and also the GLS. Lumpy black plastic body cladding, included along the side sills, suggests off-road capacity, while the tail showcases a slightly reshaped bumper as well as changed taillights. In our test vehicle's attractive mix of the new Canyon Beige paint with 19-inch black wheels, the freshened GLA does a minimum of have more road existence, although the court is still out on whether it looks like a genuine crossover.
Much more Fun Than You would certainly Believe
The GLA250's performance, however, continues to be strongly in the compact-hatchback camp-- a good idea for vehicle drivers. Mercedes-Benz doesn't keep in mind any kind of engine or transmission tweaks, yet this 2018 instance outaccelerated its 2016 equivalent, recording a 5.8-second sprint to 60 miles per hour (versus 6.1 secs previously). That's dramatically quicker compared to any of its direct competitors-- and also hot on the heels of a Volkswagen Golf GTI with an automated. The wild, 375-hp AMG GLA45 likewise is offered for more ardent rate fanatics.
The GLA250 is not particularly sprightly in daily driving, however, as well as the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is to blame. In its default Comfort setting, slow-moving changes highlight the engine's turbo lag; Sporting activity setting assists maintain the 2.0-liter on boil and hones throttle reaction substantially. Firm suspension adjusting and also direct guiding make the little Benz genuinely enjoyable to own, albeit at the price of a rough flight, as well as the powerful brakes stopped the GLA from 70 miles per hour in a brief 160 feet, 13 feet better compared to the 2016 example.
We desire Mercedes-Benz had actually implemented a lot more changes to the inside, which primarily rollovers save for a 1.0-inch-larger infomercial display and also some extra chrome trim. It feels well developed, yet the ugly black plastics and general layout simply don't come up to the standard established by Benz's outstanding cabins discovered in everything from the C-class on up. Considering that the GLA's measurements have not altered, this refresh cannot aid the cramped back seat and also freight area, which restrict the useful appeal of this supposed utility car.
It doesn't come economical, either. Although a starting cost in the mid-$30,000 variety is enticingly reduced for anything using a three-pointed celebrity, thin common devices means that you need to compensate to obtain anticipated functions such as heated seats, natural leather upholstery, navigation, as well as Apple CarPlay and also Android Vehicle capability. Our examination vehicle was loaded with the Premium ($1800), Convenience ($400), Multimedia ($2300), Sport ($2400), Night ($300), Inside ($1700), and Motorist Support ($1500) plans, in addition to a number of options. There's not one amongst those that we 'd conveniently jettison, past maybe giving up the visual beauties of the Sporting activity and Evening plans.
Stickering for a great $50,100, a GLA furnished similar to this one has actually totally eclipsed any type of type of hot-hatch comparison and footsteps deep into the area of the far more nicely appointed and also classy GLC-class crossover. Even if the updated GLA looks a lot more tough compared to before, it has not risen to that level.