2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC Crossover Test Drive Review

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC Crossover Test Drive Review
- The GLA250 is unchanged for the 2017 model year, but it received some updates in 2016, new color Kryptonite Green metallic, off-road styling cues and hot-hatch driving characteristics, infotainment screen with available Apple CarPlay

- the BMW X1 and the Lexus NX offer far roomier cabins and more cargo capacity

- added Push-button start, dual-zone climate control, an optional rearview camera, new selectable drive modes, and adjustable thigh-support cushions for the driver and front passenger

- 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

- power liftgate

- Forward-collision warning with collision-prevention assist

- 7.0-inch color infotainment screen

- Mercedes-Benz GLA250 starts at $33,775, a 208-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, 6.1-second blast from zero to 60 mph

- our test car at $38,685 includes the panoramic sunroof ($1480), heated front seats ($580), blind-spot monitoring ($550), the $2300 Sport package

- the GLA is still lacking passive entry, a backup camera, and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

- sport package includes AMG silver body styling, 19-inch wheels, Cross-drilled front brakes with painted calipers

- front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is a $2000 option

- towing capacities as high as 4409 pounds

- requires premium gasoline as the BMW X1, the Infiniti QX30, and the Lexus NX200t

- competent chassis, spirited driving, raised ride height, the handling is sharp and athletic, body roll when cornering

- the brakes are easy to modulate, 173-foot stop from 70 mph

- cabin is on the small side, tight rear seat, a small rear window, controls are easy to reach and use

- navigation is optional, 7.0-inch infotainment screen is standard, pleasing metal trim and faux leather, the wide gap between the door panel and the B-pillar is not uniform

- $2300 Multimedia package that adds an 8.0-inch screen, SiriusXM traffic and weather updates, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and voice control

- the Premium package $2750 includes, blind-spot monitoring, premium Harman/Kardon audio, a backup camera, passive entry, heated front seats, and SiriusXM satellite radio

- rear cargo area is one of the smallest in the segment

- $1500 Driver Assistance package includes lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, forward-collision warning, and a much-needed blind-spot monitor to deal with those caused by the GLA250’s wide rearmost pillars

- the GLA250 is more of a tall wagon than a true SUV, eight inches shorter in length and nearly five inches shorter in height than the Lexus NX200t

Pros competent chassis, style, high tech feature
Cons smallish rear seat, undersize cargo space, stiff ride