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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Original MSRP Range
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
23--24 MPG City / 31--33 MPG Hwy
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

What We Like

Fun drive; decent fuel economy; easy to park; upscale ambiance

What We Don't

Limited cargo capacity; some subpar cabin materials; firm ride; relatively noisy for a Benz


Expert Rating

4.3/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250?

Even though it seems as if the GLA has only been around for a year or two, it's already received a styling update at the nose and tail. The instrument cluster has also been redesigned, while the air conditioning vent rings are more "strongly accentuated" (according to the company). A rearview camera becomes standard, along with a new high-resolution 8-inch display. LED headlights have joined the options list, plus a hands-free feature for the powered tailgate. And there are a few cosmetic changes. See the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class models for sale near you

Which GLA 250 is the Best?

The straight-ahead GLA 250 is a well-rounded, well-equipped vehicle. When attacking the options list, put the safety features at the top.

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How Much Does a 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Cost?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes in GLA 250, GLA 250 4Matic and 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 versions.

The GLA 250 ($34,395) comes standard with 18-in alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a powered tailgate, chrome roof rails, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium vinyl upholstery, power adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory settings, a rearview camera, Adaptive Brake (with hill-start assist and automatic brake drying), the Comand infotainment system with an 8-in display, Bluetooth (for phone and audio) and an 8-speaker audio system with HD Radio and a USB port.

The GLA 250 4Matic ($36,395) has equipment similar to the GLA 250, 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, LED headlights and taillights, self-dimming side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound system, ambient cabin lighting, hands-free tailgate operation, voice controls, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, a self-parking system, leather upholstery, sport front seats and a premium vinyl dashboard trim.

The Convenience package comes with a garage door opener, auto-dimming mirrors and a compass.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 ($51,595) 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, LED lighting and exterior styling enhancements. It can also be specced with Recaro sport seats, a rear spoiler and 20-in wheels. The Dynamic Plus package adds a limited-slip front differential, an adjustable suspension and race mode, while raising top speed to 167 mph.

Maximum cargo capacity is 41.8 cu ft. with the rear seats flipped down. Not bad for a hatchback, but not great for a small crossover.

GLA 250 Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
GLA-Class GLA 250 4MATIC SUV$35,400 / $32,9224 Cylinder Turbo20823 / 317-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
GLA-Class GLA 250 SUV$33,400 / $31,0624 Cylinder Turbo20824 / 337-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 a Safe Car?

All GLA-Class models come standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control and eight airbags (front, front side, front knee and full-length side curtain). Rear side airbags are optional.

Collision Prevention Assist Plus -- a forward-collision mitigation system that includes automatic braking if an impact is imminent -- is standard.

The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance.

Although the GLA-Class hasn't yet been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it has performed exceptionally well in European tests.

5 Year Cost to Own

$53,574 ($0.71 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Interior Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • Convenience Pkg
  • Ice Edition
  • Night Pkg
  • AMG Line Exterior Pkg
  • Parking Assist Pkg
  • Multimedia Pkg
  • Driver Assistance Pkg


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 vs the competition

2018 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.

2018 BMW X1 -- Roomier than the GLA and has superb driving talents.

2018 Lexus NX 300 -- Enjoys the usual Lexus build quality and excellent equipment.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R -- Comes with nearly 300 hp and all-wheel drive. A cheaper alternative to a GLA 45 that's still upscale and seriously quick.

Used BMW X3 -- More space and a highlight of its class. Check out a certified pre-owned (CPO) example with a reassuring warranty.

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