2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

MSRP range: $36,230 - $54,500
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MSRP$41,795
Edmunds suggests you pay$40,048

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Review

  • Smooth ride and comfortable seats
  • Features one of today's best, most advanced infotainment systems
  • Mercedes badge at an affordable price
  • Most of the GLA's advanced safety features are optional
  • Too much road noise for a luxury SUV
  • Cargo capacity is small compared to Mercedes' GLB
  • The GLA has been fully redesigned for 2021
  • Part of the second GLA generation introduced for 2021

We weren't terribly impressed with the first-generation GLA when Mercedes introduced it for the 2015 model year. It wasn't particularly enjoyable to drive, nor was it very practical. Thankfully, the all-new second-generation 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA addresses all of its predecessor's drawbacks and catapults to a much more favorable Edmunds ranking.

The 2021 GLA offers all of Mercedes' latest technology features. The MBUX infotainment system, with its two available 10.25-inch screens and "Hey, Mercedes" voice assistant, is available along with a full suite of advanced driver aids and active safety features.

The cabin is significantly improved over the existing GLA, both in its materials quality and space. If you've sat in an A-Class sedan, you'll be familiar with the smart finishes on elements such as the air vents and the buttons in the center console. There's a lot more headroom than before too, and that's transformational for the driver and front passenger. You sit higher, with a better view through the taller and less severely raked windscreen.

Even as an entry-level SUV model, it's much more deserving of the Mercedes-Benz badge than before. Interestingly, Mercedes also has its new GLB SUV. It's similar in concept and price but offers more passenger and cargo space. But the GLB has blockier styling, especially in contrast to the GLA's sleekness. In any case, the new GLA is a solid pick for an extra-small luxury SUV and compares well against the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

  • EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    7.9/10
    This second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA is a huge improvement over its rather compromised predecessor. It's comfortable and suitably refined for an entry-level SUV.

Which GLA-Class does Edmunds recommend?

Most drivers should be satisfied with the performance of the base GLA 250. Make sure to get the optional Driver Assistance package that adds some advanced driver safety features such as traffic-adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. The Premium package, with its bigger touchscreen displays, is another recommended pick.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class models

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA is an extra-small luxury crossover SUV. It is available in GLA 250 and all-wheel-drive GLA 250 4Matic trim levels. Higher-performing AMG 35 and AMG 45 models will arrive in late 2020.

GLA 250 and GLA 250 4Matic
Standard features include:

  • A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (221 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque)
  • An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • LED headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats with driver memory settings

The GLA also comes with:

  • MBUX infotainment system with twin 7-inch displays
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Sliding and reclining rear seats
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

AMG 35
Standard features are mostly limited to performance and include:

  • Increased power output of 302 hp
  • 10.25-inch instrument and infotainment screens
  • Performance-tuned all-wheel-drive system
  • Sport-tuned suspension

AMG 45
This top-of-the-line sport model receives:

  • Increased power output to 382 hp
  • 4Matic all-wheel drive with enhanced torque control

Available packaged options for the GLA 250 include:

  • The Premium package
    • Larger 10.25-inch displays
    • Auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors
    • Hands-free liftgate
    • Keyless entry
  • Multimedia package
    • Navigation system
    • Augmented-reality video overlay for navigation display
    • Traffic sign reader

  • Driver Assistance package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the GLA and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping assist (steers the car back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
    • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
    • Evasive steering assist (can swerve the GLA automatically to avoid objects ahead)
    • Active speed limit assist (obeys speed limits and slows for curves)
  • Parking Assistance package
    • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the GLA and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
    • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with no driver intervention)

Other notable stand-alone options include:

  • Adaptive suspension
  • Appearance packages to give it an AMG look
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Multi-contour front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Interior ambient lighting
  • Burmester premium audio system
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Head-up display

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

Average user rating: 4.7 stars
13 total reviews
5 star reviews: 92%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 8%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Finally Found The Right Car for Me
What I Was Searching For,
GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
I had been searching for an upscale small SUV for much of 2020. In early summer I researched and did 1-2 long test drives with a BMW X1, Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, Lincoln Corsair, and Mazda CX-5 and CX-30. At that time the all new 2021 Mercedes GLA was not yet in US showrooms. None of the luxury brand vehicles available in early summer sold me for the price. The Volvo, Lincoln, and Audi were all lovely inside and feature rich but lost me on the test drive. The BMW had the ride, handling, and powertrain I liked best (and the most straight forward infotainment and nav system to use when driving), but I couldn't find one equipped the way I wanted and was also concerned that that it was nearing the end of its model run and lacked some of the available features of the more recently redesigned competitor vehicles. The Mazda CX-5 was too big for what I wanted, but the Mazda CX-30 came closest to the feel of the BMW X1 at about 35% less MSRP so I bought one in July (you can see my review of it on this site). I had electrical system problems with it and was stranded three times, and was getting nowhere with the Mazda dealer who implied it was somehow my fault. I was frustrated and did not trust it, so I resumed a search in December that brought me to the GLA 250 4matic. I have had the GLA 250 for about six weeks and absolutely love it. Zero issues or criticisms. The powertrain, steering, handling, and ride are exactly what I was looking for in a small, sporty, luxury SUV. I bought one pretty well loaded with most everything except the panoramic sunroof and AMG trim. Infotainment, navigation, and safety tech are all state of the art. The new MBUX interface is easy to use while in motion after a couple hours of study. While the Mazda CX-30 was good value and had a handsome interior, there is undoubtedly more content quality and features in the Mercedes GLA 250 that clearly differentiate the two. The Mercedes dealer experience was probably the best of my life, and I am a senior and have purchased a lot of new cars in my years. I hands down would have bought the 2021 GLA 250 in July had they been available, and I am fortunate that I got a great trade value on my Mazda (only about 10% less than what I paid) that spurred me to proceed to flip it so soon.
5/5 stars, A big car in a small wrapper!
HPB (Colorado),
GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
Mercedes somehow squeezed a big car into a small car! This tiny SUV is classified a subcompact, but I'm 6'1 and have plenty of headroom, legroom, and shoulder room front and back. It's high enough that it's easy to get into and out of and to see out of. It's built very solidly, has a peppy but full efficient engine, and 4-matic for Colorado mountains and weather. And the Burmester sound system is just about the finest I've ever heard. The only negative is price, which rises quickly with options. Got mine for $47K and change with 4-matic, panoramic moonroof, premium package, and the Burmester. Feels a little high. But, hey, it's a Mercedes. And it feels like one, albeit in a small package. UPDATE AFTER 6 MONTHS: Still very happy with this car - - manages the mountain roads over Loveland Pass in bad weather, comfy, fun to drive, enough room in the back for ski stuff or german shepherd (but not both). It was this or the GLB and having driven a GLB loaner (while my wife's GL was in for service) I made the right choice, driving dynamics of the GLB totally different - - more like a truck than the GLA which feels like a GTI on the road. My only wish? A 5 speed manual transmission option. Alas, the manual transmission is disappearing.
5/5 stars, Mini GLC - What's Not to Love?
JennInTheDesert,
GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
Turned in my beloved '19 GLA on the 2021 due to space concerns. The Good: ride quality (no longer feel like my joints are being dislocated when hitting a pothole) seat comfort phenomenal MBUX entertainment system (it's really easy to figure out, so don't listen to the haters) MUCH more interior space increased visibility edgy front grill ambient lighting augmented video navigation many high tech features acceleration The Not-So-Good: substandard audio system sound as compared to previous generation (upgrade to the Bermester sound system) gone is the fun, rally racer, almost WRX quality ride - it's now a true compact SUV
5/5 stars, Top of the line
Ronnie Gold ,
GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)
Why buy a more expensive Mercedes when you can get this vehicle with panoramic roof , heated seats , upgrade sound system , satellite radio , heated seats , premium package and rear adjustable seats for under $40,000 . Sounds like a great price for a fully loaded Mercedes Benz , of course this is after you get a discount which you can get significant one if you know what your doing

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class video

[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: I hate to start on a negative note, but one of the worst cars I've driven over the last decade includes the Mercedes Benz GLA class that was introduced for 2015. Not surprisingly, I was not a fan of the CLA sedan that it was based on. With the introduction of a new A class and CLA last year, well, they've won me over. In fact, the A class has been an Edmunds top-rated pick for 2019 and 2020. It stands to reason, then, that I should like this-- the all-new 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA 250. Do us a favor and hit the Subscribe button below to stay up-to-date on all the latest videos, and head over to edmunds.com for all of your car-shopping needs. Compared to the previous generation GLA, it now looks more like an SUV than its predecessor, which kind of looked like a big hatchback. Prices start right around $37,000, and for another 2 grand, you can get Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel drive. As tested, this GLA 250 has a sticker price of $42,645. If it were my choice, I would've just gone with the Premium, Multimedia, and Driver Assistance option packages, for a grand total that comes in just under 41 grand. That's right in line with the Edmunds top-ranked Mercedes GLB, which raises the $40,000 question. What's the difference between the two, and why would I buy one over the other? For some, the GLA's styling may be a draw. In many ways, it looks like a fun-size GLC, and I like it a lot more than last GLA. The GLB, on the other hand, is more boxy and upright, almost like a baby G wagon. That boxy shape has some advantages that we'll get into, so stick around. Under the hood is the same 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that puts out 221 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. It also has the same 8-speed automated dual-clutch transmission. Fuel economy estimates come in at 28 miles per gallon combined, which is 2 miles per gallon better than the GLB. That's likely due to the GLA's smaller footprint, lighter weight, and sleeker silhouette. I managed to get 31 MPG on our highway-heavy 115-mile evaluation loop a few days ago. So hop in. Let's see how it drives. Here at the track, the GLA 250 hits 60 miles an hour in 6.77 seconds, which confirms Mercedes 6.8-second estimate. In everyday driving, the GLA gathers speed confidently. There is a minor shudder from the Auto Start system and a slight delay in throttle response. But after that, it's smooth sailing. Now, if you want more from the engine, you might feel a more pronounced delay and some awkward lurches, like this. Not bad, though. The GLA needed 138 feet to stop from 60 miles an hour, though, and that's pretty long for the class, and that's really down to tires. These are 500 treadwear rating, so they're not as sticky. The GLB did it in only 108 feet, but it had much stickier 300 treadwear tires. Otherwise, the pedal had the right amount of effort and it's easy to come to a very smooth limo stop. Yes, eh? The GLA 250 isn't all that sporting on a winding road or a closed circuit like this. But you know what? It doesn't need to be. More importantly, it feels confident and capable. For the few drivers out there that want more performance, there will be some low-level AMG variants coming at the end of 2020. Ah, the end of 2020. That sounds good, right? I think most shoppers will agree that ride comfort is more important than cornering ability. And in this regard, the GLA does well. Initial impacts are well-absorbed, eliminating any harshness. You'll feel some jostling over undulations in the road, but that's expected for this type of vehicle. Outward visibility is excellent. This front roof pillar doesn't get in the way in left turns, and the view out the back doesn't chop off anything I feel I need to see. It's good enough that I don't have to rely on the rearview camera as much. It also means I wouldn't bother with the available surround-view monitor. When it comes to advanced safety features, the GLA comes up a little short in my book. You get frontal collision warning and automatic braking, as well as a blind spot monitor, but that's about it. Nowadays, when non-luxury brands include a full suite of advanced safety features as standard, it makes me question why it's not included here. For another $1,700, though, it's all in the Driver Assistance package. Not surprisingly, this new GLA 250 drives a lot like the GLB, so things are definitely looking good. Let's pull over so we can chat about all of the interior details. The standard front seats don't have a ton of adjustments, but those adjustments do have a lot of range. You can have it lowered to the deck for a more sedan-like position, or more elevated and upright, like a traditional SUV. There's also plenty of space, and for taller drivers, an extendable thigh support. Naturally, the award-winning Mercedes MBUX infotainment system is present, and with the optional premium package, the screen grows to 10 and 1/4 inches. It's easily one of the best systems out there for its quick responses, tons of features, and four ways to control it. You can control it with these thumb pads on the steering wheel, this trace pad here, the touchscreen, as well as speech recognition that allows you to speak more naturally, rather than like a robot. As far as interior storage goes, there are moderately-sized pockets, bins, and cupholders to hold all of your personal items. There's also a rubberized phone tray here that can be optioned as a wireless charging pad. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, but not wireless. Next up, my obligatory head taps and knee taps. I was expecting to be a little cramped back here, but I'm pleasantly surprised by how much space there is. I'm 5 foot 10" and sit just fine behind the front seat that's set for me. The seat cushion is just a little bit low, but there's enough leg room to stretch out and get the support that I'd want on a long road trip. I'd be fine back here for that four-hour LA to Vegas run. These seats don't slide or recline, but I'd be comfortable back here for a few hours. Helping matters is a household power outlet and two USB ports. Remember how I mentioned the GLB's advantage over the GLA at the top of the video? Here's where it gains its edge. The GLA has a cargo capacity of 15.4 cubic feet. That's about what you'd expect from a midsize sedan, not so much a crossover SUV. But GLB's cargo space is a comparably huge 24 cubic feet. As you can see, it's really not all that small, and there are some added perks, too. The low lift-over height means you don't have to struggle as much with big and heavy objects, and there's some added space underneath the floor, too. It's a short reach to the seat back latches, and there's a separate one just for the center passthrough. On the side are some hooks here for your shopping bags so that they don't toss all their contents every time you take a turn. The last thing you need are cans, cantaloupes, jaw breakers, and ball bearings flying everywhere. Not bad, right? [MUSIC PLAYING] Given how similar the 2021 Mercedes GLA is to the GLB 250, in terms of performance, price, comfort, and refinement, you really can't go wrong with either. The big differences is in cargo capacity and the availability of a third row of seats, albeit tiny seats. That puts the GLA in a close second place, ahead of the Audi Q3, Volvo XC40, and BMW X2. It's also a hell of an apology for that first-generation GLA. Thanks for watching, and as always, hit the Subscribe button below and head over to edmunds.com for more information on the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA and all of its competition. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Review ― Is the Smallest Mercedes SUV a Good Buy?


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$36,230
MPG & Fuel
25 City / 34 Hwy / 28 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.7 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed automated manual
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 221 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 173.6 in. / Height: 63.5 in. / Width: 72.2 in.
Curb Weight: N/A
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 15.4 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite GLA-Class safety features:

Active Brake Assist
Emits an alert if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
Blind-Spot Assist
Signals the driver if a vehicle is in a blind spot or if a car or bicyclist is approaching from behind when the GLB is parked.
Active Steering Assist
Uses cameras and other sensors to help the driver keep the vehicle centered in its lane while cruising, even in gentle curves.


Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class vs. the competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLB is priced within a few hundred dollars of the GLA but offers a larger cargo capacity, more rear-seat passenger space and an available third-row seat. The GLB's boxy shape maximizes interior space and allows for these advantages. It's a smarter buy if you want more utility. The only reason you'd go for the GLA is if you prefer its styling.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class vs. BMW X1

The BMW X1 adds some excitement to the class with its responsive engine and sharp handling. Unfortunately, that comes at the expense of ride comfort. But the X1 bests the GLA when it comes to cargo capacity.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class vs. Audi Q3

Like the GLA, the Audi Q3 has up-to-date tech features and gets strong scores for comfort and interior quality. It's also not all that sporty to drive but should still instill confidence for the average driver. The Q3 comes up a little short in regard to fuel economy, and it could also benefit from more interior storage.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class First Impressions

What is it?

After impressive updates to its small sedans and larger SUVs, Mercedes-Benz has finally gotten around to redesigning its extra-small SUV, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA. The new GLA's looks bring it in line with the newest generation of M-B products, but the new face covers big changes. For starters, the next-generation GLA is taller and more SUV-like than the crossover we're familiar with. That's very deliberate, and now that the GLA is no longer an off-road-stanced hatchback masquerading as a crossover, it's a more convincing SUV in both shape and market positioning.

This second-generation GLA shares its underpinnings with the current A-Class sedan, and just as the new A-Class puts the last generation to shame, the new GLA should make a similar leap in technology and quality. Beyond the added height, the 2021 GLA offers all of Mercedes' latest technology features. The MBUX infotainment system, with its two available 10.25-inch screens and "Hey, Mercedes" voice assistant, is available along with a full suite of advanced driver aids and active safety features.

We like the current A-Class so much, it's been our Edmunds Top Rated pick two years running. Based on its excellent bones, we expect the new GLA to be a massive improvement over the outgoing model, and early impressions we gleaned from a recent prototype drive only supported that hypothesis.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class - Front 3/4
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Why does it matter?

SUVs matter for Mercedes-Benz's profitability everywhere. And here in the USA, the GLA gives Mercedes-Benz presence in the competitive subcompact SUV marketplace. Subcompact SUVs are increasingly the entry point for buyers making their first foray into the luxury market. And they are becoming more popular with older buyers downsizing after their need for a larger family vehicle has passed. Translating the strengths of the new A-Class sedan into an SUV will make the GLA more competitive with both groups.

Being more of a true SUV, with the added practicalities that come with that, should help sales too. Mercedes underlined that push with the demonstration it gave us of its prototypes' capabilities, which was exclusively undertaken on a testing area that incorporated a fairly tough off-road course.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
How does it drive?

Full disclosure, when Mercedes brought us in to look at a prototype model, we never sat in the driver's seat. Not when the vehicle was moving at least. Our early look at Mercedes-Benz's new subcompact luxury SUV was limited to sitting shotgun around a test track, a good portion of which was off-road. Being in Europe, we were driven in both a turbodiesel-powered example as well as a GLA with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine that will be sold in the U.S.

Both early prototypes were fitted with 4Matic four-wheel drive, using a torque-on-demand system with a new electronic clutch — the previous GLA had a mechanical one — for greater control of the drivetrain. In regular driving, it's predominantly front-wheel-drive, with the 4Matic system diverting power to the rear axle when it's needed. We're told the system can divert 100% of available power to the rear if necessary. The entry-level GLA will be front-wheel-drive, and as with the previous GLA, 4Matic will be an option.

All 4Matic-equipped GLAs will additionally feature Mercedes-Benz's off-road package, which brings a raised suspension as well as additional functionality, including downhill speed control, an off-road-tuned engine and gearbox map, and off-road-specific information such as inclinometers in the instrumentation. Those displays can read some fairly impressive numbers, too, with the GLA able to tackle 30-degree side slopes, 60% inclines and descents of as much as 70%. That's more capability than any buyer is likely to need or, indeed, want, but it's impressive should your GLA ever be required to do something more demanding than the daily grocery run.

What's obvious even from the passenger seat is the improved refinement: The cabin is nicely isolated from sound, the gas four-cylinder engine particularly hushed, and road noise, even in prototypes with Bridgestone winter tires, largely absent. Ride comfort, too, is nicely judged, while the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission shifts imperceptibly. Beyond that, we'll need to wait until we get some time in the correct seat on a wider variety of roads for detailed driving impressions. But extrapolating from what we've experienced with the GLA's closely related A-Class and B-Class models, we can be sure the GLA will offer a finely tuned driving experience, a sure-footed chassis with exceptional body control, and Mercedes-Benz's usual suite of well-integrated active safety systems.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
What's the interior like?

With its current range of compact models, Mercedes-Benz has moved its interior game ahead remarkably. MBUX (more formally known as Mercedes-Benz User Experience) screens dominate the interior. They can be as small as two 7-inch displays, but few GLAs are likely to leave the factory without the optional 10.25-inch displays that span a sizable portion of the dashboard in front of the driver. All the MBUX functionality is controlled by small touch buttons on the steering wheel, a transmission tunnel-mounted touchpad via the central touchscreen itself, or by saying "Hey Mercedes" and speaking commands. In terms of user interfaces, it's all very clear and easy to use. MBUX doesn't just look superb, but it operates with the sort of slickness we've come to expect from smart devices at home and work.

MBUX might dominate the driving environment, but elsewhere the cabin is significantly improved over the existing GLA, both in its materials quality and space. If you've sat in an A-Class sedan, you'll be familiar with the smart finishes on things such as the air vents, the buttons in the center console, and even areas where traditionally (and quite noticeably in the old GLA) you could come across some lower-grade materials. That's not evident here. The GLA feels like the premium product its badge signals, whatever surface you're touching. Since Mercedes-Benz introduced its new compact models, rivals have been playing catch-up in regards to interior quality and user-friendliness, and that is still very much the case with the 2021 GLA.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class - Front Interior
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
How practical is it?

The GLA's cabin feels far roomier inside than the sometimes-compromised space of its predecessor. With its more clearly defined SUV shape, there's an increase in overall height in excess of 4 inches, and that's transformational for the driver and front passenger. You sit higher, with a better view through the taller and less severely raked windscreen. Similarly, the side glass and bodywork are more upright, which translates to a far more spacious, airy and practical cabin. The trunk offers good space and a wide opening. It, as with the rest of the interior, benefits from the GLA's greater height.

The 2021 GLA is notably more comfortable inside as a result of the dimensional revisions, but not all the numbers have trended upwards. In fact, while rear legroom has increased significantly thanks to the new, more upright seating, rear headroom shrunk, but only by about a quarter of an inch. But if headroom wasn't an issue for you in the rear seat of the last GLA, you'll find a much improved experience thanks to both the added 4.5 inches of legroom and the larger glazed area around you.  The new design removes the claustrophobic feel in the back that was problematic with the old GLA. It now feels very much a genuine rival for its SUV competition in relation to its practicality, which is where the old model was lacking.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class - Cargo
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
What does it compete with?

With the new GLB above it set to fight with the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3, the GLA can focus on the BMW X2, Cadillac XT4, Lexus UX and Volvo XC40 as well as innumerable SUV/compact crossover models without premium badges or the elevated pricing that comes with them. (Audi isn't offering its Q2 rival in the U.S.) The performance-minded AMG GLA 35 will duke it out with the X2 M35i, while the AMG GLA 45 stands alone as the super-sporty small SUV.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class - Front
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
What engines are available?

While Europe and elsewhere will have a choice of powerplants, the GLA will only be available in the U.S. with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, albeit in three states of tune. The standard vehicle, the GLA 250, produces 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This setup, Mercedes says, will enable a base front-wheel-drive GLA 250 to cover 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds.

The new AMG GLA 35 ups the output to 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels for an estimated 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds.

If you want your hot crossover even hotter, there's also the AMG GLA 45. The turbo-four now produces 382 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, which Mercedes says is good for a 0-60 mph sprint of 4.3 seconds. For those keeping track at home, that's only half a second slower than the V8-powered AMG C 63 sedan.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
EdmundsEdmunds says

Mercedes-Benz is finally upgrading its most affordable SUV with the latest technology, design and refinements found in the brand's other products. A more SUV-like shape and more SUV-like capabilities also serve to make it more practical, comfortable and capable.


FAQ

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 GLA-Class both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class fuel economy, so it's important to know that the GLA-Class gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg to 28 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the GLA-Class ranges from 15.4 to 19.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class:

  • The GLA has been fully redesigned for 2021
  • Part of the second GLA generation introduced for 2021
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Is the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class reliable?

To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the GLA-Class. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the GLA-Class's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 GLA-Class and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 GLA-Class is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

The least-expensive 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,230.

Other versions include:

  • GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $38,230
  • GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $36,230
  • AMG GLA 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $47,550
  • AMG GLA 45 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) which starts at $54,500
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What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, the next question is, which GLA-Class model is right for you? GLA-Class variants include GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), AMG GLA 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), and AMG GLA 45 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM). For a full list of GLA-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Overview

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is offered in the following submodels: GLA-Class AMG GLA 35, GLA-Class AMG GLA 45, GLA-Class SUV. Available styles include GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), AMG GLA 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), and AMG GLA 45 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM). Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 302 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed automated manual. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 GLA-Class 4.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 GLA-Class.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 GLA-Class featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,795. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $1,747 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,747 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,048.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 4.2% below the MSRP.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,355. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $1,989 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,989 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,366.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 4.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 14 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $56,145. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $2,143 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,143 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $54,002.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 3.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 45 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 45 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $63,885. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 45 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is trending $2,434 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,434 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $61,451.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 45 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) is 3.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 45 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Classes are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class for sale near. There are currently 20 new 2021 GLA-Classes listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $41,555 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), 8-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
27 compined MPG,
24 city MPG/33 highway MPG

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 250 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), 8-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
28 compined MPG,
25 city MPG/34 highway MPG

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG GLA 35 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8AM), 8-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
25 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/29 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG27
Transmission8-speed automated manual
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase107.4 in.
Length173.6 in.
Width72.2 in.
Height63.5 in.
Curb WeightN/A

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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