The GLA class of Mercedes-Benz is not the bearers of bloated people associated with that word. Although marketed as an SUV, it is more of a sports hatchback with slightly increased ride height. And although it has been updated for the 2018 model year, its core values remain intact.
A soft exterior and interior refresh highlights the update of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA class. New front and rear bumpers, new wheel models, revised LED taillights and a new grille design that incorporates the GLA Big Brothers, the Mercedes-Benz GLS class, bring improvements to its already distinctive exterior design. Inside, the extra chrome trim flickers on the center console and door panels, an 8.0-inch larger infotainment display replaces the 2017 7.0-inch unit and the gauge group has a Black background more readable. Some new comfort items are added to the list: a reversing camera and a tailgate are now standard. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA for passengers and freight, but offer high-tech options such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi. Buyers looking for traditional crossover practice and livability would be wise to shop the BMW X1 and the Lexus NX, but the GLA-Class is a lot more fun to drive.
Power goes on too. The base cars have a 2.0-liter 208-hp turbocharger and a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. The GLA45 AMG blows 375 hp from the version of the same engine, for an extremely entertaining effect. The GLA handles well, but it has firm and firm steering that becomes more fragile with the larger optional tires. AWD models can tackle slick roads and even some gravel trails, and have an all-terrain transmission mode.
Prices start from $ 34,325 for a GLA 250; AWD GLA 250 starts from $ 36,325, while GLA45 carries a base price of $ 51,525.