2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA

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2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA

Key specs

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The good:

  • Sufficient power in GLA250
  • Expert handling in GLA45 AMG
  • Intuitive multimedia controller
  • Generous standard safety features
  • Fuel efficiency

The bad:

  • Visibility
  • Modest cargo area
  • Areas of inconsistent cabin quality
  • No reclining backseat
  • Peaky, uneven power in GLA45 AMG

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Notable features

  • Five-seat crossover
  • 208-hp, turbo four-cylinder (GLA250)
  • 355-hp, turbo four-cylinder (GLA45 AMG)
  • FWD or AWD
  • standard AWD in GLA45 AMG
  • Keyless start standard
  • Power driver's seat and power liftgate standard

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The performance version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA has unique front styling and exterior trim, and it gets 147 horsepower more from the same 2.0-liter engine used in other models. It comes with standard 19-inch wheels and tires.
What’s Special

  • 355-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • All-wheel drive
  • AMG sport suspension
  • AMG brakes
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available AMG performance front seats
  • Available carbon fiber trim

Here’s info on the regular GLA-Class:

The GLA-Class crossover SUV is unmistakably Mercedes, with an upright front end, bold grille and the brand’s star badge prominently showcased. It comes as the GLA250 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. A high-performance GLA45 AMG version comes with a 355 hp version of that engine and standard all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
New for 2016
Keyless start and dual-zone climate control are now standard. The multimedia system gets a larger display (7 inches instead of 5.8), a new media interface and pre-wiring for Garmin Map Pilot. The available backup camera can now show a 180-degree view.
Significant Standard Features

  • 208-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Power liftgate
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Forward collision warning with autonomous braking
  • Driver drowsiness monitor
  • Required in all new cars: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Leather upholstery
  • Backup camera
  • Navigation system
  • Heated front seats
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Automated parking system

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 3.0

Most recent consumer reviews



I wrote one of the two original reviews. Well, I just turned it in agter three years of leasing. You vpcan read my original review for the good stuff. The downside was it had a nasty and unpredictable habit of stalling after gas fill ups. It was not always and never twice in a row. Without going into detail we dealt with this over most the three years. Replaced the purge valve twice. Also, Mercedes recommended services were $750 for A-service and $1250 for B-service. Maintenance is not included like BMW’s. It’s kind of insane. Was a wonderful car to drive when not stalling or hesitating. I also got 32.6mpg on winter tires driving Denver to Florida. For a 375hp engine that is insanely good. However, I was so mad at the recurring problem and expense (including turn-in costs) that I wanted to use lemon laws. If you get one ensure it does not have this problem. They said it was unique to mine but I don’t think so. They always say that, anyway.



Great vehicle for running around town. I would consider this vehicle as a second car for my dad to day business. I would recommend this vehicle to my friends.


Performance Multitasker

I just finished the 1000 mile break-in period by doing a road trip and business meeting. So, I have limited mileage. However, I have found the car to be everything I wanted. I wanted a multitask vehicle to carry kayaks and ski's, do track time, carry the groceries and function in snowy mountains and hot summers where I live. This is a tall order and usually you would have at least two different vehicles. So let me list the best things first. 1. Style. I get lots of comments by people from car washes to parking lots who've never seen "one of these". I have the spoiler on my car which helps differentiate it and yells "performance car" as opposed to the normal hatch/SUV GLA. 2. Interior. It is sport and luxury. I have the red cut leather which covers the dash and gives you a lot of red highlights inside, even on the air vents. Everyone loves it. 3. Comfort. the sport seats are comfortable and I have taken five people in the car to dinner and back seats are fantastic, especially for this size car. I did about 1400 miles on the road trip, as much as ten hours in one day with no problem. Absolutely amazing seats. I expect they will be fine when I track the car, too. 4. Space. It's not a huge SUV but plenty of space in the back and passenger space. You have a pass through and a roof rack if you need to carry large stuff from Home Depot or kayaks, in my case. 5. Ride. The most amazing balanced ride. It is sporty but absorbs the small bumps well. I got the 19in tires. I have the optional damper system, as well and only used it once, but it is amazing. Will use it on track. 6. All things engine. Acceleration, sport settings and the main reason you get an AMG. I have not done the launch mode, yet. Sport setting is the way to go. Negatives: 1. Electronic system is complicated. I got my phone synched but still not for music, voicemail and even phone nav. Screwing around with buttons while driving is annoying. On the other hand, most the basic stuff like volume and drive systems are separate buttons. 2. Not really set up with phone holders or much for electronics like in the rear. Your phone will be in cup holder or ash tray. 3. Side mirrors do not flare out easily for the 180 degree field of view. Most sport drivers do this. You can get it at the very limit of the side mirrors but it buries the mirror in the housing and sort of tricks your eye to thinking there may be a car in the blind spot unless you look carefully. That is about it for now. I rated reliability as just good because no new car issues but I have not had it long enough to really make an accurate rating on that.

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Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
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