2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

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of the 2018 Mercedes‑Benz GLA 250. Base trim shown.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

As the mad rush toward small utility vehicles continues to sweep the world, automakers are working hard to keep their offerings fresh and appealing, just like Mercedes-Benz has done with the updated 2018 GLA250 and AMG GLA45 compact SUVs.

New for 2018

The freshened mini 'utes, built off of the front-wheel-drive platform shared with the CLA sedan and Infiniti QX30 SUV, receive some minor tweaks ahead of an on-sale date this summer.

If you can spot the exterior differences between the 2017 and 2018, that makes one of us. They're subtle; Mercedes-Benz says that the SUVs have new bumpers front and rear, new headlights, new wheels and a new paint color. That's really not much of a styling update at all, frankly, especially when other fresh entries into the segment are arriving soon. If you want something a bit more special looking, there's a new Performance Studio Package for the AMG GLA45 that includes either gray or bright yellow exterior trim bits, and a new Ice Edition limited special-edition package for the GLA250.

Interior

Inside it's much the same story, as there are a few new pieces of bright trim and also some new seat patterns, but the interior is pretty much the same as the outgoing model. On the electronics front, the 8-inch high-resolution screen is now standard, and there's a new instrument gauge cluster. Android Auto now joins Apple CarPlay for your multimedia entertainment, and hands-free access has been added to the ...

Vehicle Overview

As the mad rush toward small utility vehicles continues to sweep the world, automakers are working hard to keep their offerings fresh and appealing, just like Mercedes-Benz has done with the updated 2018 GLA250 and AMG GLA45 compact SUVs.

New for 2018

The freshened mini 'utes, built off of the front-wheel-drive platform shared with the CLA sedan and Infiniti QX30 SUV, receive some minor tweaks ahead of an on-sale date this summer.

If you can spot the exterior differences between the 2017 and 2018, that makes one of us. They're subtle; Mercedes-Benz says that the SUVs have new bumpers front and rear, new headlights, new wheels and a new paint color. That's really not much of a styling update at all, frankly, especially when other fresh entries into the segment are arriving soon. If you want something a bit more special looking, there's a new Performance Studio Package for the AMG GLA45 that includes either gray or bright yellow exterior trim bits, and a new Ice Edition limited special-edition package for the GLA250.

Interior

Inside it's much the same story, as there are a few new pieces of bright trim and also some new seat patterns, but the interior is pretty much the same as the outgoing model. On the electronics front, the 8-inch high-resolution screen is now standard, and there's a new instrument gauge cluster. Android Auto now joins Apple CarPlay for your multimedia entertainment, and hands-free access has been added to the Premium Package that allows you to open the hatchback by swinging your foot under it. Black Ash wood trim replaces Burl Walnut, and the Performance Studio Package on the AMG version also brings some yellow highlights to the interior as well.

Under the Hood

Powertrains for the 2018 GLA250 and AMG GLA45 carry over from the previous model. The base engine is a 208-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic driving the front wheels; 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional. If you want more power and a decidedly sportier driving experience, opt for the AMG GLA45, which features a hand-assembled turbocharged 2.0-liter engine pumping out a crazy 375 hp. It uses a specially tuned seven-speed DCT to put the power to all four wheels, and also comes with a sport-tuned suspension.

Safety

For the new model year, the biggest safety change is the adoption of a rear-view camera as standard equipment. This is in addition to the already standard features of forward collision alert with autonomous braking and attention assist to warn of drowsy driving.

Look for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 and Mercedes-AMG GLA45 in showrooms in the summer of 2017.
 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great, relatively affordable car, for a Mercedes

by Musicman from Birmingham, AL on October 18, 2018

Pretty powerful for an in-line 4 turbo charged engine, and I love the look and styling of it. The acceleration response can be a bit slow in the Comfort driving mode, but just throw it in Sport mode ... Read full review

(5.0)

Solid, stylish, fun

by Deb from Philadelphia on October 16, 2018

I'm very happy with this car/SUV. It feels solid on the road, zippy and fun to drive. I wanted a more compact SUV and this more than fits my needs. It's zippy enough to merge and get out of situations... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 currently has 0 recalls

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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.

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