Wednesday, April 1, 2015


On the off chance that the CLA sport car sedan is Mercedes-Benz's passage into the traveler side of the comparison, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is the gateway into the brand's SUV positions, which now numbers five vehicles including the GLA, GLK, ML, GL and G class models. The way that the GLA and CLA offer the same stage makes them considerably more interlaced.

The CLA is as of now an undisputed accomplishment, with more than 30,000 units sold to date and a bring in for however many all the more as could be expected under the circumstances to take care of extra demand. Furthermore, with the smaller SUV business outpacing moderate size car for the first time , Mercedes is hoping that with the GLA, When lightning strikes again.As a daily driver, the GLA will handle everything from runs to school, the Super Target, and pickups of arriving out-of-towners followed by the inevitable and highly anticipated return of same, back to the airport. But the GLA is more than just an around-town go-getter. According to Mercedes, it is capable of off-road excursions into the great beyond. But realities have shown that this is rarely how the vehicles are used. Still, the abilities are built-in to satisfy the Walter Mitty in all of us. M-B thinks that those would-be Mittys (a redundancy, perhaps) will, in most cases be in the 30+ range, and would generally buy a CLA except for the fact they need the added utility that a compact SUV brings.

Estimated for the city, the 2015 GLA measures 173.9-inches from nose-to-tail, with a 106.3-inch wheelbase and is 71-inches wide by 60-inches tall. Outfitted with a particular 2.0-liter four barrel direct-infusion motor that makes 208-pull and 258 lb-ft of torque, it is fueled by a front-wheel-drive (accessible Quarter 1 of 2015), or on account of our sampler, another era all-wheel-drive 4Matic variant with a force take-off to the back pivot using an electro-powerfully controlled multi-plate grip and a collapsible driveshaft for mischance security. The sytem supplies completely variable front-to-back torque distribution down to a 50:50 part.
The 4Matic version is mated to a seven-speed DCT (dual-clutch) automatic gearbox, equipped with paddle shift levers. Corner cutting was enhanced by brake-induced Torque Vectoring that incorporates inside rear wheel braking to artificially shorten the length of the vehicle through the turns. All 4Matics are equipped with Downhill Speed Regulation, which helps the GLA to creep down an incline through a combination of gearing, engine speed and braking. Controls are also present on the center console, which enable the GLA to adapt easily to varying sorts of terrain. When using such features, the center display can be configured to display steering angles, a compass and transmission modes.
The GLA rides on Mercedes' sport suspension consisting of MacPherson struts with spring struts and wishbones in front and a multilink kit that includes coil springs, MacPherson struts and anti-dive geometry at the rear. Steering comes from a rack and pinion speed sensitive electromechanical steering system, which also serves to countersteer in the case of oversteer. ECO start/stop is standard on this small SUV that tips the scales at 3,384-pounds. Regardless of preliminary fuel economy ratings of 24 City / 32 Highway / with a 27 mpg average, the GLA can still go zero-to-60 in less than eight seconds and top out at 130 mph.
The GLA is not just about performance. Safety manages a few hits as well, including
Collision Prevention Assist with autonomous braking that can bring the vehicle to a complete stop and eight standard airbags. Lane departure warning and blind-spot detection are optional extras.

The GLA adopts many of the same design cues as seen in the CLA, including the "dropping lines" contours along the flanks of the vehicle. An upright star-styled grille leaves no doubt as to the SUV's heritage and in the case of our high-line 4Matic tester, was accented with available Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED running lights. Simulated skid plates are front and rear, to at-least hint at the GLA's off-road abilities. From the rear, in addition to the GLA's sexy hips, we note a hint of the bulbous look found on the Porsche Macan. As for design influences, that's definitely not a bad thing.
Our tester was enhanced with the available Sport Package ($2,000), which included AMG Wheels, bodystyling and AMG brakes with M-B logos and drilled rotors. Chrome roof rails are included as standard to finish off the visual excitement.

If you liked the interior of the CLA compact sedan, so too will the GLA strike your fancy. With a design language similar to that found in the sedan, the SUV carries forth with well-executed materials that clearly label this as a Mercedes-Benz. Soft-touch materials abound with single-needle tailoring. A spartan, no-nonsense gauge binnacle offers driver information, including a central TFT screen that can be changed to display navigation, audio, trip and performance information. The freestanding seven-inch display holds sway atop the center console and to us is one of the least desirable features of this interior.

The GLA's fourteen-way power seats offered hours of comfort on the twisty turns of backroad Vermont. Combined with the tilt and telescoping three-spoke steering wheel, virtually anyone can find a good seating long as you can stay out of the rear seat. Since this is a compact SUV, chances are, most will find the rear seat legroom um, rather challenging. On the other hand, they do fold down in a 60-40 split.
Our tester included the Multimedia Package ($2,400 to 2500), which included a rearview camera, M-B Comand with Navigation and Voice Control, 10GB music register, seven-inch display, Sirius XM radio Traffic and Weather, and DVD player.
Further back, the GLA has approximately 17-cubic feet of storage with the rear seats in the upright position. Fold them forward for an increase to 43.5-cubic feet, which is accessed through the standard M-B automatic liftgate function.

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