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The car drives much differently than the wife's Forester XT that was replaced. It will take some getting used to. One big noticable thing is how high the hood is compared to the Forester. The boxer motor in the Forester was a much more compact motor and allowed the hood to be much lower and the firewall to be pushed forward more. The other thing that I have really noticed is how low the RPMs are kept. The transmission will actually go all the way into 7th gear at 40 mph. It makes the motor feel like it is lugging, but I guess it improves gas mileage. I drive an STi so I'm used to a completely different driving feel.

Anyways, if there are any questions that other folks already haven't answered I'll try.

David
Using Dynamic Select have you tried sport mode or even better the Individual mode? Both make quite a difference in performance.
In Individual mode you can set the engine/trans mode, steering mode, climate mode and even turn off auto stop/start.
 

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Sport mode is better. It holds the RPMs longer before shifting, but you still get 7th gear at 45 mph. I don't like the hesitation that happens while the transmission downshifts multiple times if you need to accelerate. Starting off in 2nd gear, which seems to happen a lot, is kind of annoying as well. I haven't played around with manual mode much. It'll just take some time to get used to the quirks of the car. They all have some.

We do not have the multimedia package, but do have the premium package with the upgraded Harmon Kardon system. MB seems to like to use big words for things so I was just using the MB term of infotainment system, aka the stereo. I don't think you'll need the multimedia package for CarPlay.

I was going to post this in one of the technical forums, but since I'm writing this here. Our car has no hood liner. I presume this is normal as I can't believe they just forgot to put one on, but thought I'd check to make sure. Pretty lame to not have one. Yeah, there's the plastic cover over the top of the motor, but I'd like to see something on the hood itself too.

David
No hood liner on my 2016 GLA 250 either. One of the cost cutting items to get the price as low as possible.
All my previous Mercedes had one one but they cost quite a bit more than the GLA did, too.
 
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