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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic Road Test | Edmunds.com



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In the drudgery of stop-and-go traffic, the GLA250's transmission exhibits more of the CLA's unpopular traits. There's a brief stumble upon initial acceleration followed by a few inelegant lurches. Switching from the default Eco mode to Sport or Manual mode sharpens acceleration by starting in 1st gear rather than 2nd. Throttle response is also more immediate, but the powertrain still vacillates more than we'd like before getting under way. Once moving, gear changes are quick and smooth enough to go unnoticed. Steering effort is appropriate, but minimal on-center feel hampers directional stability.

What Are Its Closest Competitors?
Audi Q3: Audi's Q3 is similar in execution to the Mercedes GLA250 but its performance isn't as good. Cargo capacity is just as limited and rear-seat space is confining, but the Q3 provides a more comfortable and quiet ride.

BMW X1: The BMW X1 also delivers a more comfortable and quiet ride than the GLA250 with similar features for similar money. Rear passenger space is smaller but it does offer more cargo space as a result.

Why Should You Think Twice About This Car?
Mercedes-Benz has been synonymous with cosseting comfort and interiors that are as quiet as a crypt. The GLA runs counter to this with an unusually stiff ride and an abundance of road and wind noise. The lack of cargo capacity should also be considered if you frequently haul large items.
 

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Great review, thanks for posting. Edmunds is one of the better companies around for reviews.
Hopefully they have plans for a long term review as that is something i know owners of these would want to see.
 

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As mentioned in the article, the road and wind noise is something i have seen people mentioned many times, i think even with the CLA this is the case, not something you want in a MB....they need to work on this.
 

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As mentioned in the article, the road and wind noise is something i have seen people mentioned many times, i think even with the CLA this is the case, not something you want in a MB....they need to work on this.
Is the nvh really that bad compared to other models,such as the new c-class?
 

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Is the nvh really that bad compared to other models,such as the new c-class?
It doesn't bother me and in fact I think this review is super critical. Most of their critical points were in fact positive points for me and reasons I went with the gla.
 

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One of my friends contributed to this article for Edmunds, and I agree 100% with the transmission comments. My 2005 Nissan Xterra was smoother on start than my GLA, but once you get moving the shifts are quite nice.

My dealer actually asked me about the interior noise when I was in there last week, which I thought was a strange question until he told me it's the #1 complaint so far especially from previous Mercedes owners. Pretty much nothing they can do about it at this point but he wanted my feedback anyways.

To be totally honest coming from that Xterra the GLA seems pretty darn luxurious to me :)
 

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One of my friends contributed to this article for Edmunds, and I agree 100% with the transmission comments. My 2005 Nissan Xterra was smoother on start than my GLA, but once you get moving the shifts are quite nice.

My dealer actually asked me about the interior noise when I was in there last week, which I thought was a strange question until he told me it's the #1 complaint so far especially from previous Mercedes owners. Pretty much nothing they can do about it at this point but he wanted my feedback anyways.

To be totally honest coming from that Xterra the GLA seems pretty darn luxurious to me :)
When properly configured the gla is in the 45k range. However, i am finding it difficult to spend that type of money, when there are better options. Dont get me wrong, i love the design and compact size of the gla. They are absolutely perfect for me....perhaps i may consider the next redesign...
 

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When properly configured the gla is in the 45k range. However, i am finding it difficult to spend that type of money, when there are better options. Dont get me wrong, i love the design and compact size of the gla. They are absolutely perfect for me....perhaps i may consider the next redesign...
Sounds like a "properly configured" GLA250 to you means every single dealer available option?

Mine was pretty well loaded with all the features that were important to me (premium, bi-xenon, driver assistance) and it was $34K out the door...
 

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Sounds like a "properly configured" GLA250 to you means every single dealer available option?

Mine was pretty well loaded with all the features that were important to me (premium, bi-xenon, driver assistance) and it was $34K out the door...
Wow, you made out like a bandit on that deal!

(Hoping that I don't sound like an dick) But when you pay 34k otd for a MB you're expectations are somewhat tempered. Especially when your comparisons could include something like a Honda Accord V6 and such.

Now, if you look at a fully loaded GLA250 you are approaching the price point of a C300 or Audi S3, and that is where I have to logically stop considering the GLA.
 

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Hey, we came from a Toyota Prius - so go ahead and try to convince us this is a sluggish vehicle on takeoff. We've already noticed there is no need to notify it a day in advance if we need to speed up!!:laugh:
 

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I do agree that the transmission ain't the sharpest tool in the shed, especially when moving around town.

But I do agree that this review is a bit too critical. With all the criticisms laid on it, shouldn't the reviewer be looking at a full sized luxury SUV barge instead of what the GLA is all about, a small, compact sporty crossover?
 
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