2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC

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Mercedes-Benz joins the compact luxury crossover race with the GLA250 4MATIC.

The GLA250 4MATIC is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and features all-wheel-drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It performs well for its class, especially when equipped with the sport package. It also gets decent fuel-economy, with an EPA rating of 27 mpg combined.

While it is not as roomy inside as some competitors, the GLA250 does have a three-pointed star emblem on its grille and a relatively modest sticker. That bill can quickly inflate when you add options, however, and our test vehicle came out to a cool 44-thousand and change.

Like most new premium cars, the GLA250 is available with an extensive array of convenience and entertainment technology features. Our example included the Multimedia package, which brought navigation, a rear-view camera, DVD player and Sirius XM radio with 6 months of free service.

Wearing 19" wheels and summer tires, the GLA250 4MATIC we drove aimed toward the sportier side of the premium crossover market. Handling is relatively capable, despite the taller profile of the GLA-Class hatchback compared to its ClA-Class sibling. In "sport mode," its 7-speed dual-clutch transmission shifts rapidly and smoothly, though it can feel laggy in its other settings.

Warranty/Service: N/A

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Specs

Base Price: $33,300

As Tested: $33,300

  • 24 / 32 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.8 sec
  • 0-60
  • 208 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 131 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter 4 turbo
  • Horsepower: 208 hp
  • Torque: 258
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
  • Brakes: Front and rear ventilated discs, ABS
  • Suspension: Front and rear independent
  • Traction: Traction and Stability control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 6.8 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 105 ft.
  • Top Speed: 131 mph
  • EPA City: 24 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 32 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 27 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Not Yet Rated

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