Can the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Pull Family Duty?


I've been trying to get a Mercedes-Benz into my family's fleet for some time, but the luxury brand's offerings usually come in a little higher than our budget allows. I tested the 2014 CLA-Class with the hopes that this sub-$30,000 sedan could work for my family of three, but quickly determined the four-door "coupe" was not intended for families, even small ones. My scheming started again with the 2015 GLA-Class. I wondered if the three of us would fare better in the subcompact crossover, which starts at $32,225 including a destination charge, than in the CLA-Class.

Related: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Expert Review

On paper, the GLA250 offers more passenger room and cargo space than the CLA250 thanks to its crossover body style. It's no surprise that the GLA250's cargo area is larger at 17.2 cubic feet behind the backseat compared to the CLA250's 13.1 cubic feet. My stroller fit in the GLA250's cargo area easily, but in the CLA250 I had to remove one of the stroller's wheels to fit it. When the GLA250's 60/40-split rear seats are folded, there's 43.6 cubic feet of cargo space. The GLA250 also boasts an additional 6 inches of rear legroom (33.9 inches) over the CLA250, which is impressive considering both cars have the same 106.3-inch wheelbase.

The GLA250 is fun to drive, but it doesn't have the same heft and solidity on the road as others in the Mercedes lineup. At times, the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission shifted harshly and hunted for the right gear. Coupled with the engine's jarring stop-start technology, the drive experience was much less refined than other Mercedes-Benz models I've driven in the past.

By Carrie Kim | February 6, 2015 | Comments (2)

Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup


It seems to be happening all the time in the auto industry. A manufacturer just isn't happy with its vehicles' names, especially when it wants to add new, additional models to the lineup.

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Mercedes-Benz is the latest to do the ole name switcheroo in advance of this year's auto show season. While the company's sedans will continue as-is, that can't be said of its SUV and sports car lineup.

By David Thomas | November 11, 2014 | Comments (5)

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Review


"The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class combines practicality and premium value with performance that ranges from capable to superlative, but you'll want to weigh that against its unforgiving ride quality and poor sight lines," said reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Expert Review photo by Kelsey Mays

By Matt Schmitz | October 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class: First Drive

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

As luxury brands wage a battle royale for mini-SUV shoppers, Mercedes-Benz offers a welterweight fighter in the new GLA-Class. It has more practicality than its profile — a butched-up hatchback — suggests, and the turbocharged-to-the-hilt GLA45 AMG version packs rowdy, gleeful performance. Unfortunately, this SUV, if you want to call it that, loses its shine as a daily driver.

Related: Mercedes Prices New 2015 GLA-Class Under $33,000

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class combines practicality and premium value with performance that ranges from capable to superlative, but you'll want to weigh that against its unforgiving ride quality and poor sight lines.

By Kelsey Mays | September 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

Mercedes Prices New 2015 GLA-Class Under $33,000

Do you like the style of the Mercedes-Benz CLA four-door coupe but need a little more headroom and a hatchback? The GLA-Class might just be for you. Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for the subcompact, front- and all-wheel-drive car-based luxury SUV, and it's just $1,400 more than the starting price for the smaller CLA.

Related: 2015 Mercedes Benz GLA250 Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

The new 2015 GLA250 will start at $32,225 (including destination charge) for a front-wheel drive, four-cylinder-powered model, rising to $34,225 for the 4Matic all-wheel-drive model. If the normal turbocharged four-cylinder isn't quite powerful enough for you, you can upgrade to the fire-breathing GLA45 AMG for $49,225 — quite a premium over a regular GLA250, but given the amount of additional go-fast equipment the AMG treatment brings, it could very well be worth it.

The GLA250 4Matic and GLA45 AMG both go on sale in September 2014, with the base GLA250 front-wheel-drive model going on sale the following year, sometime in the first quarter of 2015. photo by Evan Sears

By Aaron Bragman | August 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show


Competes with: BMW X1, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q5
Looks like: A toned-down version of the GLA45 AMG concept we saw at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which looked like an amped-up version of the GLA250 crossover
Drivetrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 355 horsepower and 332 pounds-feet of torque and mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

When we first saw the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder referred to it as a "not-very-concepty concept." Less than two months later, Wiesenfelder's description proves prescient as the production version of the high-performance sibling of the GLA250 compact crossover readies for its world debut next week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The automaker expects the all-wheel-drive GLA45 AMG to hit dealerships by fall; no pricing info is yet available.

By Matt Schmitz | January 7, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250: Up Close


The latest addition to a growing class of shrinking vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 compact (or is it subcompact?) crossover looks like a cross between a wagon and a crossover, and not necessarily in a good way.

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In person, the profile looks a bit awkward — sort of like a crossover with an exceptionally short greenhouse, and a rear end that tapers as sharply as a common hatchback car rather than a wagon or an SUV. By comparison — to my eye, at least — the competing BMW X1 looks more like a downsized, slightly more wagonized X3.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA45 AMG Photo Gallery (23 Photos)


Sure, it basically looks like the production-ready 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 with some rally decals and a number on the side, and is otherwise so readily conceivable it makes you want to put air quotes over the word "concept." But don't be dismissive of the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA45 AMG, as those last three letters in the name won't have you adding any ironic punctuation. The AMG powertrain of the race-inspired compact crossover — now revving up for the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show — musters a 355 horsepower and a sub-5-second zero-to-60 mph sprint from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

More 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

But in the interest of differentiating itself sufficiently from the GLA250, also appearing at the L.A. show, the GLA45 AMG proudly wears its track-readiness on its sleeve, with cues such as 21-inch forged AMG wheels painted matte black with red rim flange and gloss-black-finished twin tailpipes. There's also aerodynamic elements like a front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

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