Even though it received just a mild update, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA is a really amazing crossover. The luxurious high-riding car is really attractive, features latest technologies, and quite impressive engine options. Although the car manufacturer works on a totally redesigned model, which will be ready within two years, we would not mind at all if everything stays unchanged for another five years, simply because the 2018 GLA has everything you need. For us, the SUV is the class-leader and here is why:
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Performance
It’s pretty odd to call the GLA250 “entry-level” model as it uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. However, this is truly the base model, because it’s a far less potent from the topping GLA45. Anyway, the GLA250 comes in a pair with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, standard front-wheel drive, and optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive. As for the aforementioned AMG-treated GLA45, it’s mated to an M133 engine, which delivers 375 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is here standard here, but what’s more important, the SUV achieves 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.
Exterior and Interior Changes
Styling changes are mainly cosmetic and subtle, but they make a statement without any doubt. From the outside, the refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA sports new front and rear bumpers, as well as new, round, and exciting fog lamps. The AMG model is additionally embellished with large air intakes and sleeker silver bar below. In addition, you can switch bi-xenon headlights with LEDs, while the taillights use LEDs as well.
Although it looks truly graceful from the outside, the real fun starts inside. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA features an 8.0-inch information display and redesigned instrument cluster. Of course, the topping AMG looks even better thanks to sportier trim and red contrast stitching. Thus far, the crossover was offered with Apple CarPlay only, yet from now on Android Auto connectivity is also a standard part of Smartphone Integration package. That’s not everything. No, the compact SUV features a standard rearview camera with an optional 360-degree view, as well as proximity entry and keyless ignition.
Price and Availability
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA will hit showrooms in a few weeks. However, the carmaker hasn’t released any pricing information until today. Still, as far as we know, the base crossover will cost around $33,500, while the fully-loaded AMG-treated GLA might easily double the starting price.