2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic Bases at $34k with Standard 6.9s Sprint Time



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 When it comes down to it, Mercedes-Benz has traditionally been very, very conservative about entering new market segments. That is going out the door with new entrants like the GL-Class or the CLS Shooting Brake.

But in truth, a front-drive compact crossover is about as far from the Mercedes sweetspot as anything one can imagine — especially in the image-managed US market. We are not offered the nerdy and frumpy B-Class, nor the A-Class. We also generally receive the most-loaded models in every range. This is why the GLA-Class will be offered in Europe as the GLA200 and GLA220 CDI as well as the two flavors we will see: the GLA250 and GLA45 AMG.

So for the Benz star to be so brightly shining around this new mini SUV? That is quite a landmark shift, and one that will earn the brand an easy 40,000 extra units of US sales — at minimum.

To achieve this big volume target for an all-new segment and model, the GLA-Class will arrive in affordable flavors from a very do-able entry price of just $33,300.

The options packages are extremely tempting, especially the $3,000 Sport package with new bumper and wheel styles, as well as the HID/Xenon package for an extra $900. We highly, highly recommend the ‘Illuminated Star’ option for $500. It will be a popular conversation piece and unique road style element at night.

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Many other features will quickly bump the price up to its max of about $46,000 — which is just below the base price of the GLA45 AMG.

Without a doubt, the GLA250 4Matic with its standard AWD and seven-speed DCT automatic is a far better value than the AMG model. The sprint pace of the 208-horsepower GLA250 is actually really respectable at 6.9-seconds to 60-mph. This is thanks to a big lump of turbo torque low in the rev range.

Inside, the MB-Tex is easy to admonish in the online configurator in favor of the $3000 leather upgrade — but few people will ever know that MB-Tex is not real leather. As a bonus, the MB-Tex stays cool in the sun and is extremely durable and easy to clean. We highly discourage the one-piece ‘Sport’ seats because the headrest is not adjustable and makes getting comfortable tricky on long drives. Stick with the standard chairs.

 

Overall, the GLA250 is poised to make a big, big splash for Mercedes USA when it arrives to showrooms here in late October.

Included below is a build-out of the new GLA250 with various options, along with the European technical specifications. In terms of US fuel economy, we predict a 25/32 tally — which is plenty for this peppy and stylish crossover.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic

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Base MSRP $33,300*

 

Exterior

color: Jupiter Red
wheels: 19-inch AMG twin 5-spoke wheels

$5,010

Options

Sport Package

  • Sport body styling
  • 19-inch twin 5-spoke AMG wheels
  • Perforated front brakes with painted calipers

$2,200

Panorama roof

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$1,480

Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED taillamps

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$850

Accessories

Exterior Appearance

Illuminated Star

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$480

Interior

color: Ash Leather
trim: Anthracite

$1,700

Options

Interior Package

  • Leather upholstery
  • Sport front seats
  • Topstitched MB-Tex upper dash trim
  • Infrared-remote window opening/closing

$1,700

Entertainment & Convenience

$2,300

Key Standard Features

  • HD Radio™ receiver
  • Hands-free Bluetooth interface
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • 14-way power driver seat with memory
  • Split-folding rear seats
  • Power liftgate
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Ambient interior lighting

Options

Premium Package

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • Media Interface
  • Auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors
  • Integrated compass
  • Garage door opener

$2,300

Heated front seats

Included with package 

harman/kardon LOGIC7® sound system

Included with package 

Performance & Safety

Key Standard Features

  • 2.0L turbo Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine
  • 7-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • ECO Start/Stop system
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Mercedes-Benz mbrace

Other Charges

Transportation Charge $925

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