2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

in Midsize SUVs
2018 MODEL
$33,400 - $35,400 See Inventory Prices



Detailed Review

The crossovers are creeping up in every segment of the automobile kingdom. The 2018 Mercedes Benz GLA 250 competes in the hotly contested luxury subcompact SUV segment. And with a starting price of $33,400, it's the most affordable SUV you can buy from this iconic German marque sitting just below the Mercedes GLC SUV.

But don't let the word "affordable" fool you. This tiny Mercedes SUV packs a silky smooth and effortless 208 hp 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4, a blindingly quick 7-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic and a lithe chassis that will pinch you to attack that corner. The diminutive dimensions make it friendly to punt around in the town and the interior is as luxuriously appointed as any other car from Mercedes-Benz.




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However, that diminutive dimension also translates to a tight interior and limited cargo space. Also, this tiny Mercedes can get scarily expensive if you are not careful with the options sheets. Competitors include the more spacious BMW X1, the more frugal Infinity QX30, and the underwhelming Audi Q3.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Features

The GLA now comes in 2 trims the GLA 250 and the GLA 250 4Matic. It's the entry-level variant starting at just over $33,400 that comes with features like power liftgate and power adjustable driver seat. It now gets an Imitation leather upholstery, and a few luxury bits like 60/40-split folding rear seatback with a center pass through.

Trims GLA 250 GLA 250 4Matic
MSRP $33,400 $35,400
  • Power liftgate
  • power-adjustable driver seat
  • Three performance driving modes
  • Imitation leather upholstery, and a 60/40-split folding rear seatback with a center pass-through.
  • 8-inch central display with a dial-and-button control array
  • Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radio, an SD card reader and two USB ports
  • Mbrace telematics system (including a Wi-Fi hotspot and concierge services) are available on a subscription basis.

Include features of GLA 250 Plus:

  • All-weather and light off-road capability with hill descent control and an off-road status monitor that analyzes steering angle, tilt angle, and grade percentage.

We Recommend

While even the base GLA 250 gets plenty of equipment, we recommend adding the Premium package that gets features like satellite radio and heated seats. The Multimedia package is also a must have bringing voice-controlled navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Engine


The GLA's tidy size makes it a friend in cities and urban environments, where its easy-to-park manners and maneuverability help it slither through congestion. It's in traffic and in-town driving where you'll notice its start/stop feature, which cuts engine power at idle. Restarts aren't too jarring, but noticeable all the same. –Kelley Blue Book

Engine and transmission

The GLA 250 gets a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 developing 208 hp power and 258 pounds-feet of torque. Its engine is mated to a smooth and quick 7-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic which develops sufficient power for freeway cruising but if you desire breath sucking acceleration, you won’t get that here; for that, consider the GLA 45 AMG. However, you do get an optional 4Matic All-Wheel Drive system.

Models Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Audi Q3 Premium Infiniti QX30 BMW X1 sdrive 28i
MSRP $33,400 $32,900 $29,950 $33,900
Engine 2.0L I-4 Turbo w/Direct Injection 2.0L TFSI 4-Cylinder 2.0L Turbocharged I-4 cylinder 2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder
Transmission 7-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 208hp 200hp 208hp 228hp
Torque 258 lb-ft 207 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 258 lb-ft

The most powerful of the lot is the BMW X1 which also comes with a 2L engine and produces about 228hp of power and 258 lb.-ft of torque, but while the BMW comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the Mercedes gets a 7-speed automatic.


The Mercedes takes around 7.2 sec to get itself to 60mph, also it takes around 15.3 sec to cover the quarter mile. In terms of emissions, the GLA is the cleanest as it just emits about 6.5 tons/year of CO2 which is less than its competitors.

Models Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Audi Q3 Premium Infiniti QX30 BMW X1 sdrive 28i
0-60 MPH 7.2 sec 8.2 sec 6.3 sec 6.6 sec
Quarter mile 15.3 sec 16.1 sec 14.9 sec 15.2 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L


(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.5 7.7 6.6 6.8

While the fastest of the lot is the Infiniti QX30 which takes 6.3 sec for a 0-60mph and about 14.9 sec for a quarter mile run. It has the same engine configuration as that of the Mercedes, but the Infiniti outruns the Merc. The BMW even after getting the most powerful engine among the lot manages to attain the 0-60mph mark in about 6.6 sec and a decent 15.2 sec time for a quarter mile run.


The Mercedes SUV gets 12.6-inch brake rotors up on the front and 11.6-inch rotors on the rear which helps the car to come from 60 mph to 0 in about 120 feet. While the Infiniti QX30 too gets the same set of brake figures as that of the Mercedes, but due to its low weight, the car manages to come to a halt from 60mph to 0 in about 106 feet.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Audi Q3 Premium Infiniti QX30 BMW X1 sdrive 28i
Brake Front(in) 12.6 12.3 12.6 12.9
Brake Rear(in) 11.6 11.1 11.6 12.5
Curb Weight(lbs) 3296 3483 3280 3543
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 108 106 112

The BMW gets the largest set of brakes for 12.9-in at the front and 12.5-in at the rear. This means the car can come to a halt from 60 mph in 112-ft despite being heaviest among competitors. All the cars compared here were stable under panic braking with a minimal nosedive.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Fuel Economy


The 2.0L engine of the Mercedes manages to give about 24-MPG in the city, while on the highway the same number increases to go about 33-MPG. Mercedes manages to give a combined MPG of 27 which is best among its rivals.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Audi Q3 Premium Infiniti QX30 BMW X1 sdrive 28i
MPG (city) 24 20 24 23
MPG (highway) 33 28 33 32
MPG (combined) 27 23 27 26

The Infiniti QX30 also gets the same set of figures in case of the mileage achieved. On the other hand, Audi here gets the worst fuel economy in its class which is about 20 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on the highway and a combined MPG of around 23.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Interior


A tight rear seat, a small rear window, and un-Mercedes-like touches plague the GLA250’s interior. But its design is adventurous, and its controls are easy to reach and use. -aranddriver

Seating and Comfort

Germans are known for their fine engineering and the Mercedes Benz defines the German engineering in automotive kingdom. That means you get an exceptionally well-built interior loaded with plenty of modern electronic wizardry.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Audi Q3 Premium Infiniti QX30 BMW X1 sdrive 28i
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 104 106 108 101.2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


38.4/56.0/40.2 36.9/55.8/40 38.4/54.8/41.3 41.9/55.6/40.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


35.4/53.2/27.3 37.4/53.6/31.1 37.5/53.1/33.5 39.4/55.2/37

The GLA has a passenger volume of 104 cubic feet. Its first row is second only to the BMW in terms of interior spaciousness with a headroom of 38.4 in, shoulder room of about 56 in and legroom of 40. 2 in. All these figures point to a spacious interior.

The problem now lies in the 2nd row. Its second row has a headroom of 35.4 in, shoulder room of 53.2 inches and legroom of 27.3 inches. So, you might feel the lack of space in the 2nd row. If you want a more spacious car, consider the BMW X1.

Infotainment System

The new 8-inch central display with dial and button control array Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radio, an SD card reader and 2 USB ports are the entertainment options available to name a few.

The GLA 250 4Matic gets the All-weather and light off-road capability with hill descent control. You now even get an off-road status monitor that analyzes steering angle, tilt angle, and grade percentage.

Cargo volume

In terms of cargo space, the SUV offers around 17.2 cubic feet of volume. When they are folded the volume increases to be around 43.6 cubic feet. The car which has the best boot space is the BMW with 27. 1 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up and 58.7 cubic feet with its rear seats folded.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Audi Q3 Premium Infiniti QX30 BMW X1 sdrive 28i
Volume behind 2nd row (cube ft.) 17.2 16.7 19.2 27.1
2nd row folded (cube ft.) 43.6 48.2 34.0 58.7

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Exterior


The 2018 Mercedes GLA sits higher and sports a taller hatchback body than the related CLA sedan. It’s closer in proportion—but not in details—to the Infiniti QX30. It’s businesslike and a bit stubby in a way that works. –thecarconnection

Dimension and weight

In terms of the exterior design, the new GLA shares much of its genes from its previous version. The Curb weight of the car is almost 3296-lb, with its length of the car is 173.9 in, while the width and the height are 71in and 60 respectively. With a good ground clearance of 6.6in, this might help you venture off the beaten path.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Audi Q3 Premium Infiniti QX30 BMW X1 sdrive 28i
Curb weight(lbs) 3296 3483 3280 3543
Length(in) 173.9 172.8 174.2 175.4
Width(in) 71.0 72.1 82.0 71.7
Height(in) 60.0 62.5 58.9 62.9
Ground clearance(in) 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9
Wheelbase(in) 106.3 102.5 106.3 105.1
Track width(in) F/R 61.8/61.4 61.1/61.2 61.9/61.9 61.5/61.5

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Safety

The GLA 250 gets an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), Dual front airbags, Front-seat side-impact airbags, Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags for keeping its passengers safe in case of any mishap.

Safety Features

  • Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children)
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Rear view camera
  • Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags
  • Illuminated entry
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
  • Remote keyless entry system

LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children) is one of the most important features if you have kids. The rear-view camera now comes standard across all the variants of the GLA. Illuminated entry, SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System, and the Remote keyless entry system are some of the features which come with the car.

The car has not yet been rated by the NHTSA and the IIHS.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Competition

Audi Q3 Premium Vs Mercedes GLA 250

The Audi is around $500 cheaper than the Mercedes. But the price difference here really doesn’t matter a lot because for those $500, which you spend extra while buying a Mercedes gives you a car which offers more power and a well-appointed interior. So, if the price point is not a concern for you, go for the Mercedes.

Infiniti QX30 Vs Mercedes GLA 250

The Infiniti is cheaper than the Mercedes by around $4000, which is the most crucial point to consider because, at this price point, it offers the same number of features as that of the Mercedes. It has better performance with quicker 0-60 mph and quarter mile time. So, this makes the Infiniti a suitable alternative over the Mercedes. So, if you are not a Mercedes fan, the infinity QX30 is the right car for you.

BMW X1 Vs Mercedes GLA 250

The BMW X1 is costly by around $500 compared to the Mercedes. It gets the most powerful engine among all its rivals and is also the biggest of all rivals in terms of size. So, if you are willing to spend $500 more than the price point of Mercedes. The BMW has the right cards for you.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Final Verdict

Mercedes may call the GLA an SUV but in reality, it’s a bigger, jacked-up hatchback. Once you ignore this, you get a light compact car to putter around in the town with ample power in reserve. And since it’s a Mercedes, you also get plenty of interior appointments, a refined powertrain, and a hushed interior. However, if the lack of space concerns you, it’s worth looking at the slightly larger BMW X1.


Great Acceleration

Sharper, meaner and aggressive looks

It has the best in class interiors

Handles well


Its gets less space for the people in the back

It gets an inefficient transmission

What's New?

Rear-view camera as standard

New 8-inch high resolution display

New refreshed exteriors

And an all-new Parking Assist package with 360-degree camera vision.


vehicle bio

base price



4dr SUV

passenger capacity




engine type


121 cu. in.


208 hp @ 5500 rpm


258 lb.-ft. @ 1250 rpm


7-speed automatic


brake rotors (f/r)

11.6 in. ventilated front disc/12.6 in. solid disc brakes



106.3 in.


173.9 in.


71 in.


60 in.

curb weight

3296 lbs.

ground clearance

6.6 in.


cargo volume

14.9 cu ft.


zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy


17/27/33 mpg

highway range

488.4 mi.


roadside assistance



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Lunar Blue Metallic

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 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250

GLA 250

208 hp @ 5500 rpm
Premium unleaded (required)
26 combined

$33,400 - $35,400

Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $33,400 MSRP (24/27/33) 208 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA
GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $35,400 MSRP (23/26/31) 208 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA