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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is part of a growing segment of subcompact utility vehicles, sharing its running gear with the swoopy CLA-Class sedan. It offers the same dramatic styling common across the brand and delivers a cost-effective gateway to the marque's crossover offerings.

What's New for 2018

New front and rear bumpers with a more pronounced appearance are among the changes you’ll find for 2018. LED headlights are an option on the GLA250 and are now standard on the AMG. The GLA45 AMG receives metallic front-end trim. Inside, the GLA-Class gains new convenience and safety features.

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Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

The GLA-Class and CLA-Class share a common platform and powertrains. This means you have a choice of two turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive.

The standard engine powers the GLA250 and produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The base GLA takes 7.1 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour and makes an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive and 23/31 with all-wheel drive.

The GLA45 uses one of the most powerful production four-cylinder engines on the planet, a 2.0-liter turbo with 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The sprint to 60 mph takes just 4.3 seconds thanks in part to a standard all-wheel-drive system. The GLA45 returns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

As with other Mercedes-Benz models, you’ll find multiple package choices and individual options, most of which are shared between the base and AMG model.

The Premium Package ($1,800) adds keyless entry with push-button start, blind spot assist, heated front seats and satellite radio. A Convenience Package ($400) brings in automatic dimming side and rearview mirrors, a compass and a garage door opener. A Multimedia Package ($2,300) adds such items as navigation, an in-dash DVD/CD player, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. A Smartphone Integration Package ($350) is also a standalone feature as are Garmin Map Pilot ($650), a Harman Kardon audio system ($850), heated front seats ($580), and keyless entry with push-button start ($550). An Interior Package ($1,700) brings in leather upholstery, sport front seats, and ambient cabin lighting.

On the safety front, you’ll find a Driver Assistance Package ($1,500) with lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control with full stop. A Parking Assist Package ($1,400) brings in a surround view monitor, power-folding side mirrors, and parking assistance. Blind spot monitoring ($550) is a separate item. Individual options include a panorama roof ($1,480), an illuminated star ($450), and LED logo projectors.


Mercedes-Benz prices the GLA250 from $34,395 (including destination). Add $2,000 for all-wheel drive. Standard features include 18-inch five-spoke wheels, a power liftgate, power front seats with lumbar support, a rearview camera, and an audio package with an eight-inch display, Bluetooth audio streaming, two USB ports, a CD player, and HD Radio.

The AMG Line Exterior ($2,300) adds an AMG body kit, 19-inch wheels, upgraded front brakes, and a black headliner, while the Night Package ($2,600) adds all that plus black wheels and gloss-black exterior accents. LED headlights and taillights are an $850 option.

The GLA250 offers three faux leather options and three real options (packaged as part of the $1,700 Interior Package), along with the choice of four trim options.


There’s quite a leap in cost for the GLA 5 AMG, but for $51,595 you’re getting a crossover worthy of the AMG moniker. Upgrades over the GLA 250 include a far more powerful engine, a more aggressive transmission, standard all-wheel drive, a much firmer suspension, and stouter brakes. It's a more capable performance in every single way. LED headlights, taillights, and running lights, and AMG body styling with a front splitter and rear diffuser are also standard.

The GLA45 offers a few important standalone options. On the exterior, a $1,950 AMG Aerodynamics Package adds a rather ridiculous rear spoiler and a meaty front splitter (both in gloss black), along with aerodynamic canards on the corners of the front fascia. The AMG Performance Studio Package ($6,300) is not cheap, but it adds the AMG Aerodynamic Package, gloss black trim (available as a standalone option with the $750 Night Package), 20-inch black wheels with yellow accents, Dinamica interior upholstery, an AMG steering wheel (again, with yellow accents), and Recaro front seats. Red brake calipers ($300) and carbon-fiber mirror covers ($1,200) round out the exterior enhancements.

In the cabin, customers can snag the AMG Red Cut Exclusive Package ($1,700), which adds black leather upholstery, red seat belts, and ambient lighting. Dinamica upholstery ($850) is also available and includes an AMG steering wheel. That wheel is also available as a standalone option ($500), although the smart money goes for the $2,250 Recaro seats.

On the performance front, we recommend grabbing the $650 AMG Performance exhaust system and $850 AMG Ride Control sport suspension. Or, better yet, pick up the $2,800 AMG Dynamic Plus Package, which takes the upgraded suspension and adds an AMG-tweaked front limited-slip differential, an uprated speed limit, and a dedicated Race driving mode.

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Best Mercedes-Benz Deals & Lease Offers: January 2019

Mercedes shoppers will have to contend with higher lease prices in January. For example, the affordably-priced GLA is listed $20 higher than before and now starts at $379/month. View All Mercedes-Benz Lease Deals »

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