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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: N/A
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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Review

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class ranks well among rivals, thanks to its sporty handling, excellent fuel economy, and above-average predicted reliability rating. However, its slow-to-shift transmission takes away a bit of the fun, and some competitors have more cargo space.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Carlike handling
  • Good on gas
  • Good predicted reliability rating

 

 

  • Small cargo space
  • Slow-responding transmission

 

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Overview

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

If you’re in search of a reliable luxury subcompact SUV with carlike driving dynamics and fuel efficiency, the GLA-Class is worth a test drive. However, those who plan to frequently carry a full load of passengers and cargo should look to the competition.

Used 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Performance and Interior

The Mercedes-Benz GLA250 comes standard with a 208-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The performance-tuned Mercedes-AMG GLA45 AMG has a turbo-four that puts out 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

The base model has no problem getting up to speed or passing on the highway, and the AMG provides a serious boost in power that results in rapid acceleration. Still, it isn’t as lively as other Mercedes-AMG models. Both engines come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which sometimes struggles to find the right gear when coming out of turns.

All models have a firm yet comfortable ride and precise handling that is almost as sharp as in the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. The base trim has front-wheel drive, and all other trims have all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is great for the class, at 23-25 mpg in the city and 29-34 mpg on the highway.

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Inside, the quiet-riding GLA-Class uses premium materials like wood and aluminum finishes and standard MB-Tex leatherette upholstery. Power-adjustable front seats come standard, and models with the Interior package have leather upholstery, sport front seats, and heated front seats. The GLA-Class has excellent visibility and supportive front seats. Despite a sloping roofline, the rear seats are reasonably comfortable for a smaller crossover. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat. The GLA-Class falls short of its rivals’ cargo space, offering just 43.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Standard features include a power liftgate and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system with a 5.8-inch touch screen, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Instruments and controls are legible and easy to work with, and the GLA-Class’ central control knob is sophisticated yet functional, helping you navigate through menus with ease. The Premium package adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon sound system, and iPod integration. The Multimedia package gives you navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, and voice recognition.

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Used 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Prices

The base GLA250 costs about $29,500 on average. On the higher end, the sport-tuned GLA45 AMG has a price of about $40,700. Various factors influence the price, including the vehicle's demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. A score of three is considered average.

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How Safe Is the GLA-Class?

As with many pricey luxury vehicles, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have crash tested the 2015 GLA-Class. Still, the GLA-Class stands out for its standard safety features, which include a driver drowsiness monitor and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. A rearview camera is available via the Multimedia package. The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. 

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Should I Consider Another Used GLA-Class?

Mercedes-Benz introduced the GLA-Class for 2015. For 2016, it gained a slew of standard features, including push-button start, a 7-inch touch screen, and dual-zone automatic climate control. A surround-view parking camera and a drive mode selector also became available, and the AMG version received a power boost. The 2017 GLA-Class offers available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Although the 2016 GLA-Class will cost you more than the 2015 model, it is worth getting for its extra features.

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes in two trims: GLA250 and GLA45 AMG. For most drivers, the GLA250 is the best choice. It provides a healthy dose of standard features and engine power without breaking the bank. Power fiends will want the GLA45 AMG instead, which delivers quite a bit of oomph under the hood. For additional tech features, search for models with the Interior, Premium, Driver Assistance, and Multimedia packages.

You may also want to consider shopping for a certified pre-owned GLA-Class. Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If the new-car warranty is expired, you’ll just receive the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Other SUVs to Consider

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

The BMW X1 gives the GLA-Class a run for its money, but either SUV is a fine choice at the end of the day. Both have plenty of engine power, sporty handling, and a responsive ride. The X1 has a little more rear-seat and cargo space than the GLA-Class. However, the X1 delivers worse base fuel economy and has fewer standard safety features than its Mercedes-Benz counterpart.

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

Like the GLA-Class, the Audi Q3 debuted for 2015. Its base turbo-four provides adequate acceleration, but the Q3 lacks an available engine for additional power. The GLA-Class has sharper cornering ability, and its ride is a bit more compliant. The GLA-Class also has better fuel economy, a higher predicted reliability score, and more standard safety features than its Audi rival.

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