2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

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$32,850–$34,850 MSRP range

Key Specs

of the 2017 Mercedes‑Benz GLA 250 base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Visibility
  • Modest cargo area
  • Inconsistent cabin quality
  • No reclining backseat
  • Peaky, uneven power in AMG GLA45
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • 208-hp, turbo four-cylinder (GLA250)
  • 375-hp, turbo four-cylinder (AMG GLA45)
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Keyless start standard
  • Power liftgate standard

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
What it is: The GLA-Class subcompact 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 engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. A high-performance AMG GLA45 version comes with a 375-horsepower version of that engine and standard all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
 
(Skip to details on the AMG GLA45)
New for 2017
The instrument cluster has been updated, and the available Multimedia Package gets a larger 8-inch screen. Android Auto smartphone connectivity is newly available.
Significant Standard Features
  • 208-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Front-wheel drive 
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Power liftgate
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Driver drowsiness monitor
  • Required in all new cars: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
Significant Available Features
  • All-wheel drive
  • Leather upholstery
  • Backup camera
  • Navigation system
  • Heated front seats
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Automated parking system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Lane departure warning 
AMG GLA45
The performance version of the GLA has unique front styling and exterior trim, and it gets 167 hp more from the same 2.0-liter engine used in other GLAs. It comes with st...
Vehicle Overview
What it is: The GLA-Class subcompact 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 engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. A high-performance AMG GLA45 version comes with a 375-horsepower version of that engine and standard all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
 
(Skip to details on the AMG GLA45)
New for 2017
The instrument cluster has been updated, and the available Multimedia Package gets a larger 8-inch screen. Android Auto smartphone connectivity is newly available.
Significant Standard Features
  • 208-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Front-wheel drive 
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Power liftgate
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Driver drowsiness monitor
  • Required in all new cars: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
Significant Available Features
  • All-wheel drive
  • Leather upholstery
  • Backup camera
  • Navigation system
  • Heated front seats
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Automated parking system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Lane departure warning 
AMG GLA45
The performance version of the GLA has unique front styling and exterior trim, and it gets 167 hp more from the same 2.0-liter engine used in other GLAs. It comes with standard 19-inch wheels and tires. 
 
What's Special
  • 375-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

Latest 2017 GLA 250 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Love my new Mercedes GLA 250!

by Brittany L. from Denver, CO on March 27, 2018

I still can't believe I own a Mercedes! The comfort and ease of driving it is incomparable. It's gorgeous on the inside and out and makes me feel safe driving it around Denver. I've only had it for 3 ... Read full review

(2.0)

Only car I?ve owned and learned to hate

by Fstr911 from Fort Lauderdale on March 19, 2018

I hated this car. Why? Throttle response was terrible. Stomp on the gas pedal and the power feels like no power ...a then add a hair more....full power. As a result I had to replace my front tires in ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The GLA 250 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker