2018 Mercedes-benz Gla Redesign, Rumor and Specs – With the character of a Mercedes-Benz SUV, a sporting soul and a compact footprint, the turbocharged GLA is agile, adventurous and adaptable. It’s at home in the city, eager when you’re far from home, and a perfect fit for today, and tomorrow.
2018 Mercedes-benz Gla
Enthuasists may cringe at the term crossover, but the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class is not the bloated people carrier usually associated with that word. Despite being marketed as an SUV, it’s really more of a sport-oriented hatchback with a slightly increased ride height. And although it has been refreshed for the 2018 model year, its core values remain intact—why change what works? Mercedes-Benz found American driveways for more than 24,000 GLAs in 2016.
Under the GLA’s contoured hood lies the same turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four as before. Its 208 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque are dispatched through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and then out to either the front or all four wheels. Mercedes-Benz claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 7.1 seconds, but in our test of a 2016 GLA250 4MATIC—Mercedes-speak for all-wheel drive—we managed to shave a second off that estimate. That’s quick enough for a small crossover, and we have no reason to think the 2018 model won’t be just as swift.The turbocharger needs time to spool up, so when driven with a light right foot, the GLA feels more sluggish than its performance numbers suggest. The dual-clutch transmission is no help, either—it lurches from gear to gear, particularly in the Comfort driving mode. Even when Sport mode is engaged, the gearbox continues to exhibit a certain unpredictability, but it’s less noticeable since engine speeds hang higher in the rev range.
New Mercedes-benz Gla Interior
Inside, the GLA’s bolstered front seats give great support, but the rear seats are skimpy on leg room. Head room is better, compared to the cramped CLA sedan. The rear seat folds down to create a big cargo hold.
All GLAs have forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. A surround-view camera is new to the options list. Frustratingly, neither the IIHS nor federal testers have crashed a GLA, despite being on sale for a few years.Also standard are power features, including a power tailgate; power front seats; a rearview camera; and 18-inch wheels. Options include an infotainment system and a panoramic sunroof. Prices start from $34,325 for a GLA 250; AWD GLA 250s start from $36,325, while the GLA45 carries a base price of $51,525.
Mercedes-benz Gla Exterior
The 2018 Mercedes GLA sits higher and sports a taller hatchback body than the related CLA sedan.
The roof is short and it’s compact in size, but the GLA stuffs in exaggerated details where it can. They anchor its steeply angled roof pillars and its deeply sculpted body. Big 18-inch wheels push it off the ground, and a big three-pointed star takes up the middle third of its grille.This year, the GLA wears more pronounced front and rear bumpers, and LED taillights light up all models. LED headlights factor into AMG models; they’re an option on the GLA250. Other small tweaks smooth out airflow around the windows, mirrors, and hatch.
The GLA45 adopts some of the same touches. It also adds more metallic front-end trim, and sits 3 inches lower than other versions despite its tall 19-inch wheels.
Mercedes-benz Gla Features
Every GLA250 has power features, a power tailgate, power front seats, keyless ignition, and 18-inch wheels, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming, and synthetic leather upholstery.All-wheel drive is an option, as are an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free tailgate, and LED headlights. A surround-view camera system, leather, and safety features such as active lane control and adaptive cruise control are all optional.