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Mercedes-Benz has redesigned the GLA for 2021. It’s taller and has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor, which makes it look more like an SUV and less like a raised-up hatchback.
The changes also add almost 5 inches of rear legroom. Other interior updates include the complex MBUX infotainment system, which relies on large screens that span half the width of the dashboard and fussy touch-sensitive controls. The base GLA gets the same 221-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the CLA sedan. An optional AMG version is good for 302 hp. Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is optional. An 8-speed dual-clutch transmission is the only choice. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard on the GLA. Blind spot warning is part of an optional Driver Assistance Package.
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2020
Essentially a raised hatchback 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 power delivery is uneven. This makes the GLA feel lethargic at first, then power comes on abruptly. Handling is nimble, but the ride is stiff and the cabin is loud. Visibility, particularly to the rear, is poor, and headroom is snug. Standard safety features include forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning are optional. The infotainment system is complicated and takes time to master but features compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A redesign arrives this summer.
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2015-2019
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.
$25,150 - $42,425
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$22,000 - $37,100
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$20,000 - $33,175
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$17,925 - $30,150
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$15,775 - $26,475
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