2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA consumer reviews

$49,580 starting MSRP
side view of 2016 AMG GLA Mercedes-Benz
66% of drivers recommend this car
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
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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.