Mercedes-Benz’s all-new 2015 GLA-Class is set to go on sale this fall, priced from as little as $32,225 including a $925 destination charge. The entry-level model is a GLA250 with front-wheel drive. Should you require all-wheel drive, the price tag increases by $2,000 to $34,225.
Also available this fall will be the high-performance 2015 GLA45 AMG, which comes standard with all-wheel drive and will set you back at least $49,225, once again including $925 in shipping. That means pricing of the GLA45 AMG is right in line with that of the CLA45 AMG, our Best Car To Buy 2014 winner.
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All 2015 GLAs, including the AMG, are powered by turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. The GLA250 models have a peak output of 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the GLA45 AMG has 355 hp and 332 lb-ft on tap. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is fitted as standard across the range. The 0-60 mph time in the GLA250 is approximately 7.1 seconds while in the GLA45 AMG it will take you just 4.8 seconds.
Inside the cabin, there’s a 5.8-inch display and Bluetooth audio streaming as standard. There is also a long list of options that includes a bigger 7-inch display, heated and adjustable seats, Harmon/Kardon premium sound and a driver assistance package with DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control and blind spot and lane keeping warning systems.
The GLA’s closest rival, the BMW X1, starts at $31,850 including $950 in shipping charges. This model also features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four as standard but comes with rear-wheel drive.