The GLA is one of the two entry-level SUVs in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. While it shares its platform with the GLB, the smaller GLA is sportier-looking than its boxy sibling and, significantly, it is a major improvement over the flawed first-generation GLA, which had a cramped interior and a stiff ride.
This is a solid, quiet, well appointed, and fuel-efficient SUV that is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. However, it also employs the same convoluted connectivity and infotainment features found in other Mercedes-Benz models.
The GLA’s turbo four-cylinder engine delivers both strong, swift acceleration and impressive fuel economy. However, power delivery isn’t very even. During occasional rolling stops, we experienced initial hesitation followed by a surge of power. Fuel economy is commendable at 27 mpg overall.