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The GLA is redesigned for 2021 and is markedly better than the cramped, stiff-riding original. Power comes from the same 221-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine as its GLB sibling, mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.
It's a quick car despite some initial hesitation from a rolling stop. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. Fuel economy is commendable. The roofline is more sleek compared with the GLB, but visibility to the rear and sides suffers as a result. The solid, substantial GLA feels taut and agile on the road, but the ride skews firm. The seats are comfortable and supportive and, as with other recent entry-level Mercedes models, fit and finish is impressive. We found the elaborate infotainment system to be too distracting. FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW are standard.
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2015-2020
2015 Redesign Year
Essentially a raised wagon version of the CLA sedan, the GLA performed better in our tests than its sibling. It got 26-mpg overall from the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder.
But the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is unrefined and, combined with the engine's turbo lag, makes the GLA feel lethargic despite its quick acceleration times. Handling is fairly agile, but the ride is stiff, and the cabin is loud. Visibility, particularly to the rear, is poor. Standard safety features include a radar-based collision-prevention system. Autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane assist are optional. A front-drive version and a high-performance 375-hp GLA45 are available.
$31,425 - $33,350
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$28,350 - $43,525
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$26,400 - $39,475
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$24,150 - $35,850
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$21,550 - $32,300
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$18,325 - $27,650
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