Sitting at the basal of Mercedes-Benz’s SUV hierarchy, the diminutive GLA-class brings actualization and affluence in a bunched package—and it’s all-new for 2021. Under the awning is a turbocharged four-cylinder agent that drives the avant-garde auto through an eight-speed automatic; all-wheel drive is optional, but isn’t acceptable to accomplish the GLA-class accessible to accouterment the Rubicon. A tuned-up AMG adaptation (reviewed separately) will added readily amuse acceleration freaks. Improved autogenous materials, new tech features, and abreast exoteric administration are all apparent improvements against the approachable 2020 archetypal and will accompany the 2021 GLA-class in band with the blow of the avant-garde Mercedes lineup.
For 2021, the GLA-class is a clean-sheet redesign. While it still resembles the previous-generation GLA-class, the new archetypal looks added exceptional central and out, which will advice it alloy with the assemblage of Mercedes-Benz SUVs that launched for the 2019 and 2020 archetypal years. It shares a belvedere with the brand’s added baby offerings, including the hardly beyond GLB-class SUV and the entry-level A-class sedan.
While no one who buys a GLA250 is acceptable to analyze the trails, opting for the 4Matic archetypal adds added than aloof all-wheel drive. Mercedes is authoritative the Off-Road Engineering amalgamation accepted on that model, which provides an off-road active approach that decreases burke acknowledgment and ability delivery. Some drivers may acquisition it advantageous in assertive situations, such as agronomics through abundant snow. In our view, the Exceptional amalgamation is a charge as it adds the beyond 10.3-inch agenda barometer affectation and 10.3-inch infotainment screen, which are accumulated in one connected animate and accommodate a tech-forward actualization to the GLA’s cabin.
As with the 2020 model, the new 2021 GLA-class is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder agent that drives the avant-garde or all four wheels. This time around, the agent makes 221 horsepower—up from 208 in the accepted model—and is commutual up with an eight-speed automatic rather than the accepted seven-speed. At our analysis track, an all-wheel drive GLA250 4Matic airtight off a zero-to-60-mph time of aloof 6.3 seconds. Despite its active performance, that aftereffect is absolutely slower than the aftermost model, which managed a 5.7-second aftereffect in the aforementioned test. While the 2021 GLA250 hasn’t absent all of its spunkiness in the redesign, the abeyance is conspicuously added adjustable over asperous stretches of road—a acceptable advance over the old model.
The EPA estimates that the 2021 GLA250 will bear 25 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. The all-wheel drive GLA250 4Matic’s ammunition abridgement estimates are 1 mpg lower in all three metrics. Mercedes says a plug-in-hybrid adaptation will be added after to the lineup. We haven’t had a adventitious to analysis the new GLA250 on our 200-mile artery ammunition abridgement analysis route, but back we do we will amend this adventure with results.
One of the arch complaints about the previous-generation GLA-class was its awkward interior. Mercedes has rectified that with the 2021 redesign. Rear-seat cartage are advised to about bristles inches of added legroom, as able-bodied as added amplitude for amateur and elbows. This will advice the GLA-class attempt added anon with key rivals such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Volvo XC40. Autogenous abstracts attending upscale, and the blueprint of controls and climate-control vents is agnate to what we see on the GLB-class and A-class, with a column-mounted shifter, center-console-mounted infotainment controller, and annular vents forth the dashboard. Burden accommodation is added compared with the old archetypal and the rear seats bend flat; the burden attic itself now is even with that of the sill, which should accomplish sliding bulkier items in and out of the block easier. In our testing, the 2021 GLA250 fit six of our attache accoutrements abaft the rear seat, one added than what we fit in the aftermost bearing model.
Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX infotainment system—for bigger or worse—is accepted beyond the GLA-class range. Base models appear with two 7.0-inch displays, one for the driver’s barometer affectation and one for the infotainment arrangement itself. Dual 10.3-inch displays are optional. This aforementioned bureaucracy has been formed out throughout abundant of the Mercedes calendar to alloyed reviews from our editors. The arrangement can be manipulated either via the touchscreen, application articulation commands, or by utilizing the touchpad ambassador on the centermost console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard; navigation, SiriusXM accessory radio, a head-up display, and a Burmester exceptional audio arrangement are all optional.
Neither the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) accept appear crash-test after-effects for the new GLA-class. Automatic emergency braking is accepted beyond the range, but added avant-garde driver-assistance actualization such as adaptive cruise ascendancy and lane-keeping abetment will crave abacus the alternative Driver Assistance package. Key assurance actualization include:
Mercedes offers a basal assurance package, with advantage addition four years or 50,000 miles. The Lexus NX offers best assurance agreement while others, while added rivals such as the BMW and the Volvo action diffuse affairs for adulatory appointed maintenance.