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author photo by Jabari Jones August 2016

Are you driving a hatchback or a crossover? That is a common question you will face when you drive a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. You can say it's somewhere in the middle. Rightfully so, as it offers handling like a hatchback and a crossover's elevated driving position -- all that and the well-known 3-pointed Mercedes emblem on the grille to seal the deal. That's a combination that is hard to beat. Here are five reasons to check out this versatile Mercedes-Benz.

Reasonable Price

Based on the compact Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan, the GLA shares a reasonable price tag as well. Starting under $33,000, the GLA is affordable, particularly for a Mercedes-Benz, especially with how well equipped it comes, with power seats, alloys and the COMAND infotainment system. Yes, there is a long list of optional features, which -- if you're familiar with Mercedes -- is part of the Benz way.

Impressive MPG

Whether all-wheel drive or front wheel drive, the GLA is efficient across the board. The GLA250 returns 25 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which you can compare to small sedans. Even the 4MATIC all-wheel drive sees a combined 27 mpg rating. For an all-wheel-drive crossover, that is very impressive. This Mercedes is a definite pump saver.

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With a powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder that kicks out 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It does 0-60 in quick 7.1 seconds. If you step up to the GLA45 AMG, it's 355 horses does 0-60 in a flash of just 4.8 seconds. For most people however, the GLA250 has more than enough power and performance.

Sporty Driving Feel

The GLA sits higher than the CLA sedan of course, but it still delivers that same sporty feel on the road. It handles well with little body roll and the steering is very responsive. It has a great balance all around, soaking up bumps and the way it delivers on all pavement types. The GLA gives a sporty, athletic vibe and that's nice to have in a crossover.

Upscale Yet Practical Interior

Inside, the GLA has a beautiful combination of class and high-quality materials as expected in a Mercedes-Benz. It isn't all luxury however. The rear seatbacks open up to almost 43 cu ft. of cargo room, giving you more versatility than a sedan. That is a big help for folks on the go, who need functional space.

Autotrader Says:

Yes you call the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class a half-hatchback and half-crossover if you like, but more than anything this is still a Mercedes. Don't pass a drive in the GLA250, it is a reasonable way to get into a Benz.

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