Mercedes-Benz continues to offer its GLA250, now in its second year, as an attractive luxury-appointed and sports-mannered compact crossover. The GLA 250 exhibits limited practicality with luxurious amenities in the fray of a fast-growing compact crossover segment.

Pricing and Equipment

The GLA250 is available in two trim levels: a base front-wheel drive model starts at $32,500, while the all-wheel drive GLA250 4Matic is priced from $34,500. A high-performance GLA45 AMG is available at $49,580.

A Premium Package includes auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a Harman Kardon audio system with satellite radio, and an iPod interface. A Multimedia Package bundles a voice-activated navigation system and review camera fed through a 7-inch color screen, 10GB music storage, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Performance Pros

Mercedes-Benz GLA250

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 gets a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that's available as low as 1,250 rpm. The GLA250 has a lively handling dynamic and never feels inadequate in traffic or on the highway. Combining the GLA250's seven-speed automated manual transmission with standard steering wheel-mounted shift paddles only adds to the direct and assured feel for the driver.

  • Direct-feeling shifts with an ample amount of low-end power.
  • Quick acceleration and added stability with all-wheel drive.
  • Excellent fuel economy estimates at 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.

Performance Cons

  • The dual-clutch (DCT) automated manual transmission hesitates and feels clunky upon initial engagement from a stop.
  • Slight torque-steer on heavy acceleration in front-wheel drive trim.

Interior Pros

  • Premium luxury feel combined with excellent fit and finish.
  • Elevated driving position for an ubobstructed forward view.
  • Excellent front seat adjustability allowing a comfortable seating position for both tall and short occupants.

Interior Cons

  • Rearward visbility is diminished from a smallish rear window and large, intrusive roof pillars.
  • High loading rear hatch floor.
  • Slight wind noise at higher speeds.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Mercedes-benz GLA250 Interior

The GLA250 exhibits surprising performance and nimbleness. Within the compact crossover segment, the GLA250 4Matic shines brightly for its ability to get around tight corners and assure the driver with ample power.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The overly firm ride quality of the GLA250 is a turnoff for those looking for the luxurious side of the GLA250. While the rather firm suspension helps handling performance, it can be a bit too much for long drives and inner-city commutes.

The Bottom Line

Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Mercedes-Benz offers many vehicles to fill just about every automotive segment. The GLA250 is a safe choice for younger buyers entering the luxury segment. The GLA250 does a good job of limiting compromise and offering remarkable build quality, high-end aesthetics, and an array of active and passive safety at a reasonable entry-level price point.