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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 not even. 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. Safety features include a forward-collision mitigation system. Automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring are optional. A front-drive version and a high-performance 375-hp GLA45 are available. The infotainment system has become more complicated, but it is now compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Road Test

Compact and stylish, the GLA crossover might look compelling at first but it falls short against competitors such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. Like the related CLA sedan, the GLA sacrifices too many luxury qualities in pursuit of budget-minded, status...


  • Nicely finished interior
  • Good fuel economy


  • Expensive for what you get
  • Overall refinement comes up short due to a stiff ride and a loud cabin

Best Version to Get

The GLA250 is light on standard equipment. Luxury car basics like heated seats and a sunroof are all optional. Leather is also an added-cost item, but the standard MB-Tex leatherette is a pretty good facsimile. Going with leather as part of the Interior package also forces you to get narrow spor...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/50,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (208 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (375 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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