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I wonder how does it feel of being on the road for 6-8 long hours in GLA 250, would the 19" sport attire make it more challenging? I would appreciate a word on your findings.
 

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Great! This is exactly what I've been looking for. Kudos to Oceansol for such a nice report.
 

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We drove ours from Indianapolis to Key West and back last December. That required a couple of 10+ hour days. We were comfortable for the whole ride, and I do have the 19" wheels that came with the sport package.
 

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We drove ours from Indianapolis to Key West and back last December. That required a couple of 10+ hour days. We were comfortable for the whole ride, and I do have the 19" wheels that came with the sport package.
I too have the 19" wheels that came with the sport package, drove it for more than 750 miles on a single day and felt really comfortable. In stark contrast to my previous car (Audi TT) my back did not suffer at all.
 

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Something that dealership staffs often neglect to mention on demonstration are the front seat extensions that might be more comfortable for some on longer trips and the lumbar adjustment for the driver and the front passenger seat if you got that upgrade option with memory. And if you have Distronic which goes beyond the already excellent cruise control, you really have an opportunity to stretch when needed.
 

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Thank you all for the insights. It is really good news that the GLA 250 is perfectly suitable for the long trips.
 

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I guess the GLA is good for long trips since I pushed myself and did 12-13 hours and 800 miles and it didn't faze me. My only complaint would be road noise and I wonder if the run flat tires contribute to that.
 

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I guess the GLA is good for long trips since I pushed myself and did 12-13 hours and 800 miles and it didn't faze me. My only complaint would be road noise and I wonder if the run flat tires contribute to that.
Just curious if the attention assist ever alerted you to take a break? I've had cars with it for a total of 3 1/2 years and only once has it ever gone off. I'm glad it is there but just wondering if on a long trip it's more likely to be activated.

Longest trips I do in my Mercedes are 2 or 3 hours.
 

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Just curious if the attention assist ever alerted you to take a break? I've had cars with it for a total of 3 1/2 years and only once has it ever gone off. I'm glad it is there but just wondering if on a long trip it's more likely to be activated.

Longest trips I do in my Mercedes are 2 or 3 hours.
It didn't go off once, but I was taking breaks every 3 hours or so and I wasn't that tired. I did notice one unrelated thing. Blind Spot Assist doesn't always catch large trucks. The sensors must point under their bodies.
 

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The wife and I drove from Houston to Jacksonville last week with zero comfort issues. I've got the AMG appearance package with 19" wheels.


Seats were super comfortable, and the car was great on the road.


We'll be headed back to Houston from Orlando after Christmas and are looking forward to the drive.


Merry Christmas all!
 

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I guess the GLA is good for long trips since I pushed myself and did 12-13 hours and 800 miles and it didn't faze me. My only complaint would be road noise and I wonder if the run flat tires contribute to that.
Thank you for the note. I keep hearing that the run-flat tires are pretty stiff and could naturally contribute to the road noise factor. It is regretful that MB couldn't make noise level less for such a nice car.
 

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I have the sport package with the run flat 19" AMG wheels. We had our first road trip today in the 250. It was a four hour one way trip. I
must say, the head rest is a PIA.
I would prefer to have it further back a bit. It actually makes it very uncomfortable to lay back the entire time.
I had to keep my body leaning forward for a good period of the ride as my neck was cramping up.
I tried to remove the head rest at one point, but could not figure out how to go about it.
Also, the seats are not as fit as I would like.
The cushion and specially the back rest have way to much space between my shoulders. It is not a snug fit.
This makes it very difficult to take fast turns.
Other than that, noise level was not bad. I hit triple digits a few times and did not notice or was bothered by road noise.
 

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I have the sport package with the run flat 19" AMG wheels. We had our first road trip today in the 250. It was a four hour one way trip. I
must say, the head rest is a PIA.
I would prefer to have it further back a bit. It actually makes it very uncomfortable to lay back the entire time.
I had to keep my body leaning forward for a good period of the ride as my neck was cramping up.
I tried to remove the head rest at one point, but could not figure out how to go about it.
Also, the seats are not as fit as I would like.
The cushion and specially the back rest have way to much space between my shoulders. It is not a snug fit.
This makes it very difficult to take fast turns.
Other than that, noise level was not bad. I hit triple digits a few times and did not notice or was bothered by road noise.
The headrest can be adjusted so that it sits more towards the back of the car.
Push the button on the side of the headrest while pushing the headrest back and down at the same time. It takes some trial and error to figure it out.
 

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The wife and I drove from Houston to Jacksonville last week with zero comfort issues. I've got the AMG appearance package with 19" wheels.


Seats were super comfortable, and the car was great on the road.


We'll be headed back to Houston from Orlando after Christmas and are looking forward to the drive.


Merry Christmas all!


Merry Christmas!

Thank you for comments. Safe and enjoyable travels.
 

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I guess the GLA is good for long trips since I pushed myself and did 12-13 hours and 800 miles and it didn't faze me. My only complaint would be road noise and I wonder if the run flat tires contribute to that.
I came across the earlier review, which has an interesting reference regarding the MB close attention to the road noise factor. Here is the line: "Style notes aside, the body of the GLA was designed specifically for aerodynamic driving to improve fuel efficiency and reduce wind noise. The front pillar of the car was lowered to improve overall aerodynamics, while mirrors and taillights are pulled in for even further reduced drag. A multi-level door sealing concept along with fortified roof and tailgate seals contributes to the near silent ride of the GLA." So they consider the result as "near silent" . This is from the article of Hans Aschim published in: Test Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA - Cool Hunting
 

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I wonder if the run flat tires contribute to that.
i think you are on to something. I got a gla250 loaner when my gla45 was in service and the suspension provided a smoother ride but you could hear a bit more tire noise.Otoh the exhaust noise is definitely mellower in the 250 and maybe because of that it seems to rev more freely and smoothly. There were no rattles or squeaks while in my car there is a bit of that kind of noise
 
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