Review, Specs, Configurations, Price, and Interior of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

MSRP: $36,230 - $54,500.
3.6

Reliability

3.5/5

Safety

3.6/5

Interior

3.8/5

Performance

3.6/5

Strengths

  • It provides a smooth ride.
  • It has comfortable seats and the most modern infotainment systems.

Weaknesses

  • Most of the advanced safety features of the GLA are optional.
  • For a luxury SUV, it makes so much road noise.
  • Compared to Mercedes' GLB, its cargo efficiency is reduced.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Review 

All of Mercedes’ new technology features are covered by the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The MBUX infotainment system is available along with a complete range of integrated driver aids and active safety equipment, with its two available 10.25-inch displays and “Hey, Mercedes,” voice assistant.

Sitting at the bottom of the SUV hierarchy of Mercedes-Benz in a compact kit, the diminutive GLA-class brings elegance and comfort and is all-new for 2021.

The Mercedes GLA 250 features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 221 horsepower. Also featuring turbo-fours are the two Mercedes-AMG versions, although they are much more powerful: 382 horsepower in the AMG GLA 45 and 302 horsepower in the AMG GLA 35. Both engines are coupled with an automatic eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a compact crossover that is easy to drive, but it’s not the most agile car in the class. The GLA has sharp steering, but there’s enough lean body that you do not want to go full-bore. The suspension feels a little tight, but it’s still a smooth ride.

There is a standard front-wheel-drive, and all-wheel-drive is accessible (AWD comes standard in Mercedes-AMG models).

More details regarding the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Features, Configurations, and Interior are described in the sections below. If you want to know about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500, then click our post.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Specs and Features

Engine2.0L I-4
Seating5 Passengers
Power115 @ 5200 rpm
Transmission8G-DCT 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
MPG25 City / 34 Hwy
DrivetrainAll-wheel Drive
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Specs and Features

What’s Newly Include in 2021 

The new upgrades in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class include the following features:

  • The GLA has been fully redesigned for 2021

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Configurations

The different configurations of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class are listed below:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 250 SUV

Price: The MSRP of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 SUV is $36,230.

Specs and Features: It comes with a 2.0L inline-4 turbo, 221 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm, premium unleaded gasoline, 25 mpg/34 mpg, 8G-DCT 8-speed dual-clutch automatic, front-wheel-drive, 4-wheel independent, MacPherson strut/wishbone front, multilink rear, rack-and-pinion with electromechanical power assist, 18-inch twin 5-spoke (7.5×18 front and rear), and 235/55R18, all-season extended mobility.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 250 4MATIC SUV

Price: The MSRP of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC SUV is $38,230.

Specs and Features: It comes with a 2.0L inline-4 turbo, 221 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm, premium unleaded gasoline, diecast alloy block and head, 24 mpg/33 mpg, 8G-DCT 8-speed dual-clutch automatic, 4MATIC all-wheel-drive, 4-wheel independent, MacPherson strut/wishbone front, multilink rear, Rack-and-pinion with electromechanical power assist, 18-inch twin 5-spoke (7.5×18 front and back), and 235/55R18, all-season extended mobility.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG 35 SUV AWD

Price: The MSRP of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG 35 SUV AWD is $47,550.

Specs and Features: It comes with an AMG-enhanced 2.0L inline-4 turbo, 302 hp @ 5,800-6,100 rpm, 295 lb-ft @ 3,000-4,000 rpm, diecast alloy block and head, premium unleaded gasoline, 23 mpg/29 mpg, AMG SPEEDSHIFT® DCT 8-speed dual-clutch, AMG performance 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive, 4-wheel independent, AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with 3-stage damping, rack-and-pinion with electromechanical power assist, 19-inch AMG® twin 5-spoke (8.0×19 front and rear), and 235/50R19, all-season extended mobility.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class AMG 45 SUV AWD

Price: The MSRP of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG 45 SUV AWD is $54,500.

Specs and Features: It comes with a handcrafted AMG 2.0L inline-4 turbo, 382 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 354 lb-ft @ 4,750-5,000 rpm, diecast alloy block and head, premium unleaded gasoline, 20 mpg/27 mpg, AMG SPEEDSHIFT® DCT 8-speed dual-clutch, AMG performance 4MATIC+® all-wheel-drive, 4-wheel independent, AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with 3-stage damping, rack-and-pinion with electromechanical power assist, 19-inch AMG® 10-spoke (8.0×19 front and rear), and 235/50R19, high-performance.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Front View
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Front View

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Interior

The cramped interior was one of the principal concerns about the previous-generation GLA-class. With the 2021 update, Mercedes has rectified that.

Besides increased space for shoulders and elbows, rear-seat passengers are entitled to almost five inches of extra legroom. It will help the GLA-class compete with main rivals more directly.

With a column-mounted shifter, centre-console-mounted infotainment controller, circular vents along with the dashboard, interior materials look upscale, and the arrangement of controls and climate-control vents is close to what we see on the GLB and A-class.

Compared to the previous model, the cargo capacity is expanded, and the rear seats fold flat; the cargo floor itself is now flush with that of the sill, allowing the sliding of bulkier objects in and out of the trunk.

Six carry-on suitcases behind the rear seat will accommodate the 2021 GLA250, one more than the last-generation model.

Mercedes-new Benz’s MBUX infotainment system is standard throughout the GLA-class range, for better or worse. Two 7.0-inch screens come with the base models, one for the driver’s gauge panel and one for the infotainment system itself. There are optional dual 10.3-inch screens.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Interior
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Interior

Why should you not buy a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

If it is still covered by a warranty, purchasing a used 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is always a risky proposal since not anything that could go wrong with the car will be covered.

Moreover, it is even more dangerous to buy a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, with the warranty expired, as its owner will be totally out of luck for the cost of its maintenance and repair.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Configuration
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Configuration

You may also Ask for

Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class the right car?

Yes, a great luxury subcompact SUV is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Its base engine offers reasonable acceleration, and if you want to go fast, there are two performance-oriented versions. The GLA gets decent gas mileage and also provides a comfortable ride.

What is a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class worth?

A 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 250 has an estimated maintenance cost of $987. Depending on age, mileage, location, and shop, repair and maintenance prices vary.

Is Mercedes reliable after 100K miles?

More than 100,000 miles is much worse. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2021 also depends on the car price and the depth of your pouch. Mercedes is equal to quite costly for fixing and maintaining.

What is the difference between GLA 250 and GLA 250 4MATIC?

The critical difference between the previous trim package and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC® SUV is that the 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive system is coveted in this model. 4MATIC® is a versatile drive system that was specifically designed for the Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV 2021.

For more information about the latest 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, kindly visit the Official page.

Bilal Ibrahim

Bilal Ibrahim is an automotive engineer, graduated from NED University of Engineering and Technology.

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