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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Review

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA fares well in our luxury subcompact SUV rankings, thanks to its good reliability rating, great fuel efficiency, and carlike handling. However, it has a few notable downsides, including a slow-shifting transmission and a small cargo area.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Good reliability rating
  • Upscale cabin
  • Slow-responding transmission
  • Limited rear-seat legroom
  • Small cargo area




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Overview

Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Mercedes GLA is a good luxury subcompact SUV. It has an upscale cabin with quality materials, an above-average reliability rating, and solid fuel economy estimates. It's also fun to drive thanks to sharp steering and sporty handling. That said, the GLA 250 lacks sufficient rear-seat legroom, and its overall cargo space is small for the class.

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We’ve analyzed 13 Mercedes-Benz GLA reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA?

Based on nearly 740 listings for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA on our site, the average price is roughly $25,500, which is marginally above average for the class. Prices range from about $20,500 to $32,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Cost to Own?

The 2015 GLA 250's five-year projected costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $29,850, or roughly $5,970 per year. That's a little above the class average. 

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New GLA?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA starts at $33,950, which is significantly more than the average price of a 2015 GLA. However, it’s a better-equipped vehicle with a standard 8-inch infotainment display and rearview camera, as well as an available 360-degree parking camera. The 2019 GLA also has updated exterior styling, and more standard features with the AMG GLA 45 model.

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You mostly likely won’t find any new luxury subcompact SUVs for about the same price as a used 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA.

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Which Model Year of the Mercedes-Benz GLA Is Best?

For the GLA, 2015 was the first model year of a generation that includes the 2019 model. For 2016, Mercedes added standard dual-zone automatic climate control, standard push-button start, and an available 180-degree rearview camera. Additionally, the AMG model gained 20 extra horsepower. Mercedes-Benz added standard remote start and available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to the GLA for 2017. We recommend skipping the 2015 GLA for the 2017 model, mostly for its additional smartphone integration technology.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The 2015 GLA has an above-average reliability rating of four of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Recalls

The 2015 GLA has two open recalls, addressing potential problems with unintended driver-side air bag deployment and a camshaft weld that may fail and cause the engine to stall. Make sure these issues have been corrected by a Mercedes dealer before purchasing a 2015 GLA.

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz GLA Is Right for Me?

The GLA comes in two trims: GLA 250 and GLA 45 AMG.

The base GLA 250 is a solid choice for most shoppers. It has a sprightly 208-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a generous standard features list. It comes with driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and an infotainment system with a 5.8-inch display, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

Shoppers looking for more power should consider the GLA 45 AMG trim, which comes with a stronger 355-horsepower turbo-four engine and all-wheel drive.

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What Does Mercedes-Benz's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mercedes-Benz offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. This warranty can be renewed for a fee. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll receive the one-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 165-point inspection.

If you’re unsatisfied with your CPO vehicle, Mercedes’ Exchange Privilege program allows you to exchange it for another CPO vehicle of equal or lesser value within seven days or 500 miles. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz’s CPO program is about average. It’s better than BMW’s but not as robust as Jaguar’s or Lexus’, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the GLA?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2015 GLA.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA or 2015 Audi Q3?

The Audi Q3 is one of our top-ranked luxury subcompact SUVs on account of its superb reliability, high-end interior, and comfortable ride. That said, the GLA is more fun to drive, and it has better gas mileage estimates than the Q3. Both are good SUVs, but the GLA is a bit better.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA or 2015 BMW X1?

Like the GLA, the BMW X1 delivers on the performance front. Both vehicles feature sporty handling and potent engines. However, the X1 has a more refined transmission, more cargo space, and a lower average price than the GLA. That said, the GLA has a nicer cabin and comes with more standard features than the X1, like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. These two SUVs are close in our rankings, so personal preference will determine which model you go for.  

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2015 GLA Performance

How Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Drive?

The GLA 250 drives more like a car than an SUV. It has precise steering and sharp handling, and the suspension does a good job of smoothing out road bumps while still providing an enjoyable ride. Front-wheel drive is standard, and 4Matic all-wheel drive is available.

This Mercedes comes standard with a 208-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has more than enough power for your daily commute. A high-performance AMG GLA 45 model is also available and comes with a 355-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Both models come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that's slow to shift, however.

Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 GLA gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with the base engine and FWD. These are excellent estimates for the class. Adding AWD to this engine reduces city estimates by 1 mpg and highway estimates by 3 mpg. AMG models get 23/29 mpg city/highway.

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2015 GLA Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 GLA Seat?

The GLA has seating for up to five people. Synthetic leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. Heated front seats and genuine leather upholstery are available. The front row has a good amount of space, and the seats are comfortable and supportive. There's generous headroom in the back, but rear legroom isn't very abundant.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The 2015 GLA has two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Features

The GLA’s standard infotainment system comes with a 5.8-inch display, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Some models also include navigation, a larger 7-inch display, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and satellite radio.

The infotainment system is easy to use and features a central control knob that helps you navigate through menus with ease. Before purchasing a 2015 GLA, you’ll want to make sure your mobile device can connect to the Bluetooth system since technology standards change.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz GLA Cargo Space

The 2015 GLA has one of the smallest cargo areas in the luxury subcompact SUV class. There's 14.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. You'll get 43.6 cubic feet of space after you fold down the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

2015 GLA Length and Weight

The GLA is around 14.5 feet long, and its curb weight is ranges from 3,295 to 3,460 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Built?

Mercedes-Benz built the 2015 GLA in Germany.


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