2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Reviews

February 10th, 2021 by

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV exterior

If Clayton drivers thought Mercedes-Benz perfected the subcompact SUV when they introduced the GLA in 2015, they need to take a look at the totally redesigned 2021 model! The 2021 Mercedes-Benz reviews have raved about the upgrades in the vehicle’s suspension, spacious interior, sophisticated cabin, and peppy engine. While the GLA safety ratings aren’t yet available, you can still learn plenty about this new and improved ride with the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA reviews. Take a look at them, then shop the Mercedes-Benz GLA inventory at Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Reviews: Performance

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA boasts a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 that generates 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque on Ladue streets. Front-wheel drive is standard. Here’s what the automotive professionals have to say about the GLA performance:

Motortrend: “The engine is eager to respond and gives a smooth whoosh when prodded,” head of editorial Ed Loh said.

CNET: [The Mercedes-Benz] eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is a joy, especially in the SUV’s Sport mode, where it holds gears longer to wring out all the engine’s power. There are paddle shifters, but the transmission works fine on its own.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Reviews: Interior Features

The interior is where the facelift on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA really shines. Here’s what Frontenac drivers can anticipate: 

Car and Driver: Rear-seat passengers are treated to almost five inches of extra legroom, as well as increased space for shoulders and elbows. This will help the GLA compete more directly with key rivals, such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Volvo XC40.

Motortrend: Step inside, and the MBUX infotainment system gets your immediate attention. With two 12.3-inch screens, the cabin looks modern and sophisticated, and it gives a great first impression. Once the sun sets, the interior vibe channels an Ibiza nightclub, with ambient lighting that changes colors to turn up the mood.

Edmunds: The cabin is significantly improved over the existing GLA, both in its materials quality and space. If you’ve sat in an A-Class sedan, you’ll be familiar with the smart finishes on elements such as the air vents and the buttons in the center console. There’s a lot more headroom than before too, and that’s transformational for the driver and front passenger. You sit higher, with a better view through the taller and less severely raked windscreen.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Safety Rating

At press time the Mercedes-Benz GLA safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration weren’t available. When they are, the GLA safety ratings will be boosted by safety features that include: 

  • Active Brake Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Service
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamps, and Taillamps
  • And more!

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