The Mercedes-Benz GLA is the company's smallest SUV offering in its expansive lineup of gas-powered and electric cars. For most buyers, it's the relatively low cost of entry (under $40,000) that makes the GLA attractive. Combine that with a premium interior and easy-to-use tech suite, and it makes sense that this pint-sized Mercedes is one of our favorite extra-small luxury SUVs.
We presume that the three trim levels will carry over into the 2024 model year for the GLA. That means we'll see the GLA 250, available in front- or all-wheel drive, and the two spicier AMG variants called GLA 35 and GLA 45. All models will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, with power ranging from 221 horsepower to a max 382 horsepower.
The GLA's two biggest competitors are the freshly redesigned BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLB and the Lexus UX. While the BMW is at the top of our rankings, the slightly larger GLB is sometimes enough to lure shoppers in its direction. That said, the GLA is lower-priced to start than both, only undercut by the UX.