Fun drive; good fuel economy; easy to park; upscale ambience
Limited cargo capacity; some subpar cabin materials; firm ride; noisy for a Benz
The GLA has only been out for a year, but the AMG version has already been boosted with an extra 20 horsepower and 18 lb-ft of torque, as well as receiving updated gear ratios. It can also be specced with a new Dynamic Plus package that includes a limited-slip differential.
The whole range benefits from dual-zone automatic climate control, extendable under-thigh support for the front seats, keyless ignition and an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen (the previous unit measured 5.8 inches) and better voice recognition.
New options include a Dynamic Select function (replacing Agility Select) that brings a choice of different drive modes (Comfort, ECO, Sport and Sport+), plus a rearview-camera package that shows a 180-degree view. Ambient cabin lighting can now come as a stand-alone option.
A 5-year subscription to the company's mbrace2 Connect telematics system is also standard. This includes web services, roadside connection, MB Apps (nonstreaming), diagnostics, remote updates and remote starting. See the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class models for sale near you
The AMG version is fun, but the regular GLA is a well-rounded package and much more affordable. Find a Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class for sale
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes in GLA250, GLA250 4MATIC and AMG GLA45 versions.
The GLA250 ($33,425) comes standard with 18-in alloy wheels, a power lift gate, chrome roof rails, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium vinyl upholstery, power front seats with memory settings, adaptive brakes (with hill-start assist and automatic brake drying), the COMAND infotainment system with a 7-in display, Bluetooth (phone and audio) and an 8-speaker audio system with HD Radio and a USB port.
The GLA250 4MATIC ($35,425) has equipment similar to the GLA250 but adds all-wheel drive, an off-road drive mode, an off-road display and downhill speed regulation.
Options include 19-in wheels, upgraded front brakes, an exterior aero kit, bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights, auto-dimming side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, voice controls, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, a self-parking system, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, sport front seats and premium vinyl dashboard trim.
The AMG GLA45 ($50,775) occupies a different class in performance terms, adding the stronger engine, 19-in wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, sport steering, a sport exhaust, performance brakes, bi-xenon headlights and exterior styling enhancements. It can also be specced with Recaro seats, a rear spoiler, a limited-slip front differential and 20-in wheels.
The GLA offers 17.2 cu ft. of cargo capacity behind the rear seats and 43.6 cu ft. with the seats flipped down. That's not bad for a hatchback but not great for a compact crossover.
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2016 Audi Q3 -- The Q3 is a chief rival, offering similar turbocharged power and all-wheel-drive traction. It has the edge in interior quality, but the GLA is more fun.
2016 BMW X1 -- The X1 is new for 2016. This model is roomier than the GLA and has superb driving talents.
2016 Lexus NX 200t -- The 200t enjoys the usual Lexus build quality and excellent equipment.
2016 Volkswagen Golf R -- This model comes with nearly 300 hp and all-wheel drive. It's a cheaper alternative to a GLA45 that's still upscale and seriously quick.
Used BMW X3 -- The X3 has more space, and it's a highlight of its class. Check out a certified pre-owned example with a reassuring warranty.