The ride is well damped and controlled, although the handling sharpness of this basic GLA250 with its 18-inch wheels and tall-sidewall tires is angled more toward relaxed driving than spirited activity. My few days of driving around town and some limited highway jaunts returned an average of 27 mpg, slightly below the combined average and well off the highway mileage rating, but a heavier foot than normal may have been the culprit. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. But when that pavement turns bumpy, quite a bit of road noise can enter the occupant space. By clicking Sign Up, you agree to the  Terms of Use. None of the plastics feel cheap and nothing rattles or fits oddly. Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. It’s the exact same behavior I’ve encountered in every, A-Class-platform vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, a. nd it disappointingly detracts from what is an otherwise excellent driving experience. Cargo space behind the second row is acceptable, and the second-row seats fold mostly flat to create plentiful room for hauling stuff if you don’t need to haul people. Aaron Bragman, Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. Save cars. To find the best deals near you, please enter your ZIP code. Looking extra-good is going to cost you extra money. Perhaps the most egregious one is that you’re still getting standard vinyl seats (MB-Tex, as Mercedes-Benz calls it) despite the money you’ve already shelled out. GLA 250 SUV. Subcompact SUVs are a hot class, loaded with some from premium brands priced and equipped similarly, and some from non-luxury alternatives that put the Benz’s equipment list to shame, albeit with less brand cachet. Acceleration, 0-60 mph 6.8 sec. The screens measure in at 7.0 inches, however, buyers can spend more to bump the displays up to 10.3 inches. These are the top dogs of the GLA model line, with the GLA 35 packing 302 horses and the GLA 45 corraling 382 ponies—both from turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. It dampens one’s enthusiasm for what is otherwise a premium cabin with the same quality controls, switches, panels, design, materials and technology you’d find in bigger, more expensive Mercedes-Benz models. The accelerator pedal feels as if it’s connected to the car via rubber bands; its action does not feel linear to the acceleration, usually resulting in pushing the pedal farther than needed and causing passengers’ heads to bob as the GLA suddenly takes off. Excellent car Nice features With all the features I was looking for Nice color, top notch rims (black) AMG line, Panorama Sunroof Read full review, I love my 2021 GLA! Second-row passengers have more room than they did before, but it’s still a subcompact crossover, so don’t go in expecting limousine levels of backseat space. The upgraded multimedia system is the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience system with the optional dual 10.25-inch screens for the central display and the instrument cluster. Have questions about warranties or CPO programs? Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs). None of the plastics feel cheap and nothing rattles or fits oddly. I love the digital screens and the infotainment system. It also results in a higher starting price of $37,280—nearly $2,000 more than the 2020 GLA. Please enter your complete email address. Standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, Standard vinyl seats, optional leather interior, Available dual 10.25-inch screens for media and instrument cluster, By It’s the exact same behavior I’ve encountered in every A-Class-platform vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, and it disappointingly detracts from what is an otherwise excellent driving experience. * MSRP. Versus the competition: Subcompact SUVs are a hot class, loaded with some from premium brands priced and equipped similarly, and some from non-luxury alternatives that put the Benz’s equipment list to shame, albeit with less brand cachet. The GLA is meant to be the sportier, more compact alternative, while the GLB is the more traditional, boxier, cargo-and-kids-carrying small SUV. The verdict: The new entry point into Mercedes-Benz’s SUV lineup is bigger and improved, but the 2021 GLA250 still features funkiness to its powertrain behavior that left me frustrated. With a starting price of $37,280 (including destination fee), the GLA250 is the SUV entry point into the Mercedes-Benz brand and is competitive with other luxury brand entry-level SUVs. It becomes even more noticeable when quickly turning a tight corner from a standing stop, such as pulling out of a driveway onto a busy street. And the GLA250 really is an otherwise excellent experience. Access them anywhere. Propulsion is provided by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine we’ve tried in other small Benzes, making a capable 221 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque, which proves to be plenty for moving the front-drive GLA250 around town and on the highway. The accelerator pedal feels as if it’s connected to the car via rubber bands; its action does not feel linear to the acceleration, usually resulting in pushing the pedal farther than needed and causing passengers’ heads to bob as the GLA suddenly takes off. The GLA250 isn’t a bad way to get your feet wet on the road to a potential lifetime of three-pointed-star brand ownership. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. Notably, the model welcomes the brand's MBUX infotainment system. Related: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250: Higher Profile, Higher Price, The 2021 GLA250 sits on a new platform, is a bit taller than before, a bit wider, a bit more SUV-like and a little less carli... Show full review. That’s good in some ways and bad in others. That’s good in some ways and bad in others. Disclaimer. Despite its price jump, the 2021 GLA 250 boasts a number of new standard features to justify its additional cost.