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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

Reviewers praise the all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class’ elegant, well-made cabin. Its high-quality materials, including wood and aluminum trim, create a sophisticated, luxurious environment, they add. Test drivers say the front seats provide good space and a full view of the road. While they think rear-seat headroom is good, some complain that legroom is cramped for adults. Test drivers say the GLA’s standard infotainment system and dashboard controls are intuitive. Still, it has one of the smallest cargo holds in the class.

  • "There's lots of room inside, a handsome interior with loads of X-shaped vents to ensure your climate-controlled comfort, and a large monitor that sits proudly atop the center column." -- Road and Track
  • "The cabin is modern Mercedes-Benz, closest to the CLA-class in terms of overall design, with which the GLA-class shares a platform." -- AutoWeek
  • "If you liked the interior of the CLA compact sedan, so too will the GLA strike your fancy. With a design language similar to that found in the sedan, the SUV carries forth with well-executed materials that clearly label this as a Mercedes-Benz." -- Left Lane News
  • "… the GLA serves up a rich and well-appointed cabin. The uniquely styled dashboard fascia and trim materials are on par with those of the CLA sedan in terms of quality." -- Edmunds
  • “… this bubble-like greenhouse is bestowed with poplar, burl walnut, or aluminum trim options which make it feel rather upscale in spite of its accessible price point." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class seats five on leatherette upholstery. Power-adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard, and leather upholstery and heated front seats are optional. Reviewers report that the GLA offers comfortable front seats, and that drivers won’t have trouble finding a suitable position. The GLA-Class has great visibility in all directions, they add. While test drivers are also particularly pleased with the GLA-Class’ generous rear-seat headroom, some complain that the back seats have limited legroom. According to reviewers, the cabin remains quiet when driving over most surfaces.

  • "Without the [CLA-Class] sedan's sloping roofline, the GLA is less cramped inside-its A-pillar doesn't crowd the driver and rear-seat headroom is adequate for adults." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Though the 2015 GLA-Class feels somewhat coupe-like from the front seats (which is no accident - after all, it's essentially based on the so-called 4-door coupe format of the CLA), rear passengers are met with more generous headroom thanks to the GLA's 3.5-inch-taller SUV profile." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Visibility is quite good and folks of average stature should have plenty of headroom in the back." -- Motor Trend
  • "The seating position in the GLA is well thought out, and despite the relatively high shoulder line it's easy to spot objects when maneuvering though a parking lot." -- AutoWeek
  • "At speed on most road surfaces we thought the interior kept road noises, for the most part, at bay. It was only on the coarsest of pavements that the 19-inch high-performance tires started to chatter." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes equipped with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port, collision prevention assist with automatic braking, driver drowsiness alert and a 5.8-inch display screen. A panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, proximity key, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND infotainment system with navigation and a 7-inch LCD screen, lane keeping assist, active park assist and blind spot assist are optional.

The GLA-Class’ standard infotainment system is operated by a central knob that some reviewers say is easy to use. Some also say that the instrument panel and dashboard gauges are clearly labeled.

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  • "The latest version of Mercedes-Benz's infotainment system, being a relative of the system that debuted in the mid-2000s, is still easy to use via the Comand controller on the center console, similar to BMW's iDrive." -- AutoWeek
  • "The interior of both versions is straight-up CLA, with a pair of easy-to-read gauges in the instrument panel, five round air vents, and the ‘third eye’ infotainment screen that sits prominently atop the dash." -- Car and Driver
  • “A spartan, no-nonsense gauge binnacle offers driver information, including a central TFT screen that can be changed to display navigation, audio, trip and performance information. The freestanding seven-inch display holds sway atop the center console and to us is one of the least desirable features of this interior." -- Left Lane News
  • "Epic sunroofs are fine and dandy on larger vehicles, but where you really appreciate their airy touch is on smaller cars like the GLA. In this application, the big expanse of glass opens up the cabin and makes it a more pleasant space." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2015 GLA-Class has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 43.6 cubic feet of room with them folded. That’s a smaller cargo capacity than what nearly every competitor has.

  • "Unfortunately the liftover is set quite high, making it a chore to load heavy luggage." -- Edmunds
  • "Regardless, the GLA doesn't flirt too much with stretching the bounds of the term ‘compact,’ and that's a good thing. Stated cargo room for the range is pretty good, too. ..." -- Autoblog

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