Introducing the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

December 21st, 2017 by

If you’re in the market for a luxury SUV in Columbus, you can’t go wrong with the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA, which is available for sale and lease right now at our Columbus Mercedes-Benz dealership! Even the GLA’s base trim offers plenty of incredible features, such as:

  • a 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat;
  • foot-activated power tailgate;
  • dual-zone climate control;
  • automatic brake hold;
  • 8″ central display screen with rearview camera;
  • and an audio/infotainment system with HD radio, *Bluetooth® connectivity, and dual USB ports.

What else is there to love about this world-class Mercedes-Benz SUV? Lots.

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Inside the GLA

Matt Degen of Kelley Blue Book calls the inside of the GLA a “cozy cocoon,” and we couldn’t agree more! Not only is it comfortable, but it’s also practical with split-folding rear seats that tuck away to provide extra cargo room, dual-climate controls, an abundance of chrome accents, and a black ash matte dash to remind you that you’re in a Mercedes-Benz. Plus, you’ll thoroughly enjoy plush the leather-like seats like it’s no one’s business.

Stylish Exterior Design

Restyled bumpers and new wheels provide a subtle yet noticeable change in the GLA’s exterior, making it an elegant head-turner on the Columbus highways and downtown streets. New LED headlamps and taillights up the “oomph” factor while at the same time raise the safety quotient on this small, but capable crossover.

As Degen puts it, the newest GLA is the crossover to choose if you want “the prestige, style, safety features and accouterments of a Mercedes-Benz SUV for an un-Mercedes price.” That’s right—this 2018 Mercedes-Benz is quite affordable, especially when you finance or lease one at our Columbus Mercedes-Benz dealership

Under the Hood

Small yet agile, the Mercedes-Benz GLA is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine, which provides plenty of power — 208 HP and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, to be precise. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that shifts smooth as silk. As you might expect, the combo, combined with the subcompact dimensions of the GLA, makes for great fuel economy; the GLA delivers 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

If you’d like even more power, Car and Driver reviewer Jens Meiners suggests that you opt for the AMG®-GLA 45, which is equipped with the more powerful M133 engine, an AMG®-developed variant that “cranks out 375 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque” and goes from 0 to 60 mph in an astonishing 4.2 seconds flat. That’s a spicy a’meatball!

Driving Impressions

You’ll appreciate the zippy nature of the GLA, a sentiment echoed by Edmunds reviewer Dan Frio, who calls this refined crossover “one of the more fun, raucous models in the lineup,” adding that the GLA delivers “athletic handling and big smiles on narrow, twisting roads.”

Matt Degen concurs, remarking that the little SUV “holds its own in the twisties” and has “easy-to-park manners and maneuverability [that helps] it slither through congestion.”

And while Frio appreciates the generous list of standard features on the base model, he recommends adding the Premium package for even more great perks like keyless entry, satellite radio, blind-spot monitoring, and heated seats, the latter of which are a real bonus during the cold winter months here in Columbus, OH.

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Get Up Close & Personal with the 2018 GLA

Of course, your own review of the new GLA is the only one that counts, which is why we strongly recommend that you visit your local Mercedes-Benz dealer to test drive the all-new GLA for yourself. You’ll be mesmerized.

For those of you in the Columbus area, including Dublin and Westerville, OH, head into Mercedes-Benz of Easton at 4300 Morse Crossing to view our selection of new GLA models for sale or any of our other 2017 and 2018 Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs. Give us a ring at (614) 291-2007 to speak with a Mercedes-Benz salesperson about our Columbus luxury car deals, financing options, and other special offers.

*Bluetooth® is a registered mark Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

 

Sources & Photos:

https://www.kbb.com/mercedes-benz/gla/2018/

https://www.edmunds.com/mercedes-benz/gla-class/2018/review/

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/2018-mercedes-benz-gla-class-photos-and-info-news

https://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/vehicles/class/class-GLA/bodystyle-SUV