2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA Review

The GLA-Class is a pretty new brand of the luxury cars automaker Mercedes. The GLA is only entering its second year in production having been first released for the 2015 model year. The new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA offers an excellent blend of hatchback and crossover styling cues. The car offers a compact package that can be maneuvered easily in city streets while still offering the versatility of a crossover. It shares its wheelbase (106.3) with the CLA-Class sedan which makes it the smallest SUV in Mercedes lineup. It is offered in two body trims, the standard GLA 250 and the high-performance GLA 45 AMG.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA front view

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Best among its segment:

Not much has changed on the exterior profile compared to the outgoing model. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA measures 173 inches long, 71 inches wide and has a height of 60 inches. The front fascia is very aggressive. It features a twin-slat radiator grill which also features mesh inserts. The grille is flanked by elongated LED headlights. The front bumper is integrated with fog lights and air intakes. Its low roof line, a tall belt line and a spoil make the vehicle appear sporty. Its large and protruding oblong tail lights make the vehicle appear wider than it actually is when viewed from the rear side. It’s sill guard and skid plates make it look like an SUV. From a distance, 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA body creases and ripples appear dramatic but up close they look refined. The vehicle also features large wheel arches and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels though there is an option for 19-inch wheels.

Interior:

Sliding inside, you will be met by an interior identical to that of the CLA. The cabin is designed with young buyers in mind. Its cockpit features round air vents which are inspired by those of aeroplanes. The cockpit also features chrome bezels, a 3-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather and 4 round-shaped analogue gauges. The vehicle is capable of accommodating five passengers. MB Tex is the standard upholstery material. The front seats are very comfortable but taller passengers will find the rear seats a bit constrained. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA offers 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space which expands to 43.6 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded.

A 7-inch touch-screen is mounted on top of the center stack. The screen is used to access the vehicle’s MBrace2 infotainment system which features a Smartphone app that lets owners lock or unlock the car from a distance as well as find the car in a parking lot. It also features Bluetooth connectivity which enables music streaming and making hands-free calls. Other features include an 8-speaker sound system, tinted windows, and cruise control. To add flavor to the cockpit, you can opt for the optional Multimedia Package that adds the automaker’s COMAND system, a 80 GB hard drive in-dash SD card slot, a rear view camera and a free 3-year Sirius XM Radio subscription. This system is controlled by either a controller knob, voice commands or buttons placed on the center stack. The COMAND system integrates the vehicles navigation, climate control, and audio and connectivity systems. There is also another optional package i.e. the Premium Package which features dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats, auto dimming headlights and a universal garage door opener.

For safety, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA features 8 airbags, a radar-based Collision warning system, Attention Assist system, ABS, traction and stability control among others.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA interior

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Engine Options:

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA is offered in two drive-train choices. The base engine fitted on the GLA 250 is a turbocharged 2.0 L4-cylinder engine. It’s capable of producing 208 hp at 5,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at just 1,250 rpm. The engine is EPA rated at 25 mpg city and 35 mpg on highway for FWD models and 24 mpg city and 32 mpg on highway for AWD models. The second engine which is fitted on the GLA45 AMG is also a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine which is tweaked to produce 355 hp at 6,000 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque at 2,250 rpm. This engine is EPA rated at 22 mpg in city and 29 mpg on highway drives. Both engines are mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA side

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA – Estimate Date of Arrival and Price:

The base model (Mercedes-Benz GLA250) has an MSRP of $ 32,500 for FWD models while AWD models attract an extra $ 2,000. The high-performance AMG costs around $ 50,000. Y The vehicle is already available in dealer showrooms.

Competition:

Its fierce competitors of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover are the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX50, Lexus NX, Lincoln MKC and Buick Encore.

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