The GLA 250 set out to impress a wide range of car enthusiasts and that is a task it accomplished superbly. For the tech junkie, the machine’s dashboard is equipped with an infotainment interface, Apple CarPlay, plus apps to accommodate other smartphones. For those who are more interested in performance, the SUV comes with a 4matic option, which is Mercedes Benz lingo for ‘4-wheel drive.’
What Novelties does the 2017 version come with?
Although GLA lovers might be disappointed to learn that the 2017 version comes with practically no new updates, the 2016 features are still exciting enough: push-button start to get the engine running conveniently, dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, and you get the option for a rear view camera for a broader scope. The SUV will leave you feeling comfortable even after a long drive thanks to its adjustable thigh support cushions. For exterior aesthetics, the designers hit bull’s eye with the new kryptonite green colour. Benz has scheduled a major redesign for 2018.
Notable Standard Features
The GLA comes with several standard features and a sea of extras. The most notable standard features include a driver’s seat with 14-way adjustability, a forward collision alert system as well as collision prevention technology that partially take over control to avoid crashing. The 7.0-inch infotainment screen is another standard feature. The car is front wheel drive but with an extra $2000, you can get the 4matic (four wheel drive) option.
The interior of the GLA 2017 pack a punch although is not as spacious as its rivals such as the BMW XI or Audi Q3, especially in the back seat. The sloping roof cuts the rear door openings, making it easy to hit your head as you enter. All the controls have been masterfully positioned and are quite easy to reach. The materials can be a little disappointing, though as some are not as high-end as you would expect to find in a Mercedes.
Transmission and Engine
The GLA is propelled by a turbo 2.0-litre engine which is married to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With four cylinders, the engine generates 208 horsepower which is enough to push the hatchback comfortably at high speeds. Some might, however, find the car to be a little sluggish during slow-town driving. The SUV is not known for its towing power. Rivals such as BMW’s X1 can tow over 4000 pounds. Mercedes Benz, however, advises that the GLA should not pull anything at all.
For a car that can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.1 seconds, the GLA has impressive fuel economy. On the highway, it can sweep 33 miles on a gallon of gas (33 mpg). During slow city driving, it can cover 24 miles per gallon. Compare this with the 2017 Audi Q3’s 20 mpg for city driving.
With your foot on the pedal in automatic mode, the GLA accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds, and from 50-70 in 4.5 seconds. It is a fun machine to drive. In the city, where you need to make lots of turns, you will love the effortless steering. The wheel is light yet precise but a little more weight would make the steering experience even better.