2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class - Road Test Specs

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class SUV

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 7-speed Automated Manual)


Year Make Model2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA250 4Matic 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 5-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$34,225
Options on test vehicleMultimedia Package ($2,480 -- includes 7-inch display, navigation system, rearview camera, voice control, 10GB music storage, DVD player, SD card slot, traffic and weather information); Premium Package ($2,300 -- includes heated front seats, driver side and interior auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, media interface); Sport Package ($2,200 -- includes 19-inch AMG wheels, perforated front disc brakes, AMG body styling); Interior Package ($1,700 -- includes leather upholstery, MBTex premium vinyl interior trim, sport seats); Panoramic Sunroof ($1,480); Bi-Xenon Headlamps ($850); Blind-Spot Assist ($550); Aluminum Interior Trim ($150)
As-tested MSRP$45,935
Assembly locationRastatt, Germany
North American parts content (%)0


ConfigurationTransverse, front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,991/121
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)9.8
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,300
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)208 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 1,250
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSeven-speed auto-double-clutch manual and column shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I: 3.86; II: 2.43; III: 1.54; IV: 1.05; V: 0.78; VI: 0.61; VII: 0.48; R: 3.37
Final-drive ratio (x:1)4.60


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multi-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.4
Tire make and modelContinental ContiSportContact SSR
Tire typeSummer run-flat
Tire size235/45R19 95V
Wheel size19 inches
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontOne-piece ventilated cross-drilled steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rearOne-piece solid steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.7
0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.8
0-75 mph (sec.)10.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.0 @ 92.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.5
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.7
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.8
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)10.1
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.0 @ 92.1
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)105
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON65.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.86
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.84
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.6
@ Full throttle (dB)69.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.0
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,950

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere's a bit of turbo lag off the line when taking your foot straight from the brake to the gas pedal, but it isn't too bad. By 2,500 rpm it's making good power. The engine is pretty eager, revs decently hard, upshifts are reasonably quick. It makes quite a bit of intake noise and definitely isn't the most pleasing engine sound ever. The engine doesn't have any real personality to it, at least in terms of the way it sounds. The car squats down significantly at the rear when you mash the throttle pedal from a stop. One thing this car doesn't like is any kind of brake/throttle overlap (power-braking) to bring the revs up prior to launching down the drag strip. It won't let the revs rise at all when you do that. The all-wheel drive puts the power down well without any wheelspin front or rear, and our six acceleration runs were nearly dead even across the board, with 0-60 mph within a tenth of a second for all. Manual mode is engaged via a button, and then you use the steering wheel paddles. It blips the throttle on downshifts but does not hold gears to a rev limiter. It automatically upshifts at 6,200 rpm.
Braking commentsThe GLA had impressively short stopping distances, but by the third stop there was significant brake odor, and by the fourth stop we experienced some pedal fade. The pedal wasn't fantastic-feeling from the beginning, with longish travel and a spongy pedal. We got even more pedal fade by the fifth stop, but the stopping distance didn't increase by much. The first and second stops were both 105 feet, the fifth stop was the longest at 109 feet and the sixth and final stop was 107 feet.
Handling commentsThe GLA (with this equipment) is pretty athletic in the slalom. Its steering is clear and responsive without unnecessary weight or lag. It turns quickly, plants itself with confidence, and is also happy to transition back and forth with reasonable dexterity. Eventually, the electronic stability control (ESC) system senses the front tires losing grip and quickly dabs the appropriate brakes to correct the intended heading. It happens quickly, almost seamlessly and most drivers might never notice. There is a two-tier ESC setting, but there was no measurable difference in this test. On the steady-state skid pad test, however, we did measure a difference between the supposed "Off" and fully "On" settings. At the limit of body lean and tire grip, the GLA is well balanced enough that I could steer it with the throttle alone as the the front tires began to lose grip. Body lean is very well managed and there's certainly plenty of grip from the summer tires. Steering weight is appropriate and there's just enough information coming through the wheel to inform the driver about the front tires' grip levels. This certainly is a good performance for a compact crossover (like the Range Rover Evoque), but still doesn't offer the dynamism or driver engagement of the Porsche Macan S, which is the benchmark.

Testing Conditions

Test date3/3/2015
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)61.06
Relative humidity (%)38.69
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.81
Wind (mph, direction)4.5, cross
Odometer (mi.)4,761
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/29

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 combined (24 city/32 highway)
Edmunds observed (mpg)27.5 (evaluation route), 22.2 (total test)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.8
Driving range (mi.)473.6

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionHarman Kardon Logic7 sound system
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard aux jack and USB port, Bluetooth audio. Optional iPod media interface via proprietary cable
Satellite radioOptional
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Optional 10GB music storage capacity
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard phone and audio
Navigation systemOptional hard drive with traffic 7-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard
Smart entry/StartOptional
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar, front and rear back-up camera, automated self-parking system
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringOptional
Collision warning/avoidanceStandard
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,384
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,544
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59.9/40.1
Length (in.)173.9
Width (in.)71.0
Height (in.)60.0
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Track, front (in.)61.4
Track, rear (in.)61.4
Turning circle (ft.)38.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.9
Legroom, rear (in.)33.9
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)38.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.1
Seating capacity5
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)43.6
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)17.2
GVWR (lbs.)4,387
Ground clearance (in.)8
Approach angle (degrees)20.0
Departure angle (degrees)31.2


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available

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