With the 2021 mannequin 12 months, the GLA is all new, catching up with a lot of the remainder of the Mercedes lineup. It now has extra model and luxurious added to the compact bundle and we discovered it might make a ravishing entry level for a Mercedes SUV.
Previously, we’ve pushed some nice Mercedes merchandise with superior know-how; nevertheless, they got here with a value level that could be past some people’ means. This new GLA begins at solely $36,000, making it a fantastic alternative for many and an superior option to get right into a Mercedes Benz.
This new mannequin comes with a really spirited turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces a genuinely good 221 horsepower with 259 foot-pounds of torque. Mated with a brand new eight-speed transmission, it might propel the GLA to 60 in a pleasant 6.3 seconds. It’s also up from 208 ponies final 12 months and extra gears with the outgoing mannequin sporting solely seven speeds.
If that weren’t sufficient for the typical driver, there may also be out there an AMG model of the GLA that makes simply over 300 horsepower and will get to 60 in simply 5 seconds.
We have been in a position to get out within the GLA and take a Friday evening journey down into Sanpete County through Nephi Canyon to attend the open home of the brand new Fountain Inexperienced Metropolis Corridor. The brand new Mercedes dealt with very nicely on the journey and took the 80-mph velocity restrict on I-15 with ease, desirous to please us and sustain with the site visitors.
Even with the cheaper Mercedes, it was superb as to what number of people seen us driving the smaller SUV. We have been questioned many instances as to the value, dealing with and availability of our journey — a testomony to the brand new design that in comparison with final 12 months’s mannequin provides the automobile an actual SUV grown-up look.
Previously, the GLA had extra of a sedan-like look that was match into an SUV physique. Not a nasty factor in any respect, because it nonetheless had all of the Mercedes DNA and was a fantastic alternative. Now it’ll simply slot higher into shoppers’ mindset as SUVs proceed to develop in day by day significance for the motoring public.
Our favourite half now with any Mercedes is its skill to talk with us and acknowledge our voice. Not that different automobiles shouldn’t have voice recognition techniques, however Mercedes was the primary to take voice recognition one step additional and permit the diver to say the command “Hey, Mercedes” to get that assistant’s consideration.
From there, it’s virtually precisely like having an Amazon Alexa or Goggle Assistant, with the Mercedes assistant prepared to try to work out any of the given instructions. So, issues like altering the local weather management, radio station or setting navigation are made tremendous easy.
Getting used to the system is extraordinarily simple, and if it can not work out what the diver needs to perform, it merely asks them to say it once more or maybe differently. Just about any operate that was managed by the buttons and infotainment system up entrance is offered.
With the addition of the Multimedia Package deal ($1,295) that got here with our take a look at journey, we acquired restaurant strategies, new methods to get locations and different data on the drive route.
This technique additionally included Mercedes Augmented Actuality for Navigation which can mission the forward-facing digital camera on the infotainment display screen when approaching junctions or after we have been stopped at crimson lights. It would point out which option to flip, go straight and even which path to take out of a roundabout. It may be fairly a useful choice with the navigation set.
We particularly appreciated it if we have been driving west and the solar was setting; it might show the site visitors lights after we stopped. Now not did we’ve to regulate visors or discover a new seating place simply to see the sunshine, because it was entrance and middle on the massive 10.25-inch display screen. The solar was there additionally, however simple to have a look at utilizing the digital camera as an alternative of attempting to view the site visitors lights with the solar as a background.
This technique additionally got here with the Mercedes Pace Restrict Help that will improve and reduce the SUV’s velocity based on the posted restrict with the help engaged and the cruise management set.
An addition that will be wished by everybody who will get into the GLA, would be the Premium Package deal ($1,750), which took that the usual two screens, infotainment and driver data, from 7 inches to 10.25 inches. This makes your complete area type the motive force’s door to the passenger’s seat develop into what seems like one big driving cluster all in high-resolution video.
This setup actually advertisements that additional contact of luxurious to the inside atmosphere of the GLA that makes it nicely price the additional cash in the long term, and an funding in know-how that may flip the on a regular basis drive right into a murals.
After that, the addition of the 64-color ambient lighting is a should with any Mercedes as it could possibly add a lot to the temper of the automobile after darkish, and the Mercedes assistant can shortly make the adjustment to any hue by simply asking. “Hey, Mercedes, set ambient lighting to pink” makes it occur; no extra stumbling by means of menus and sub-menus to seek out the place to vary the colour.
The brand new 2021 GLA proved to be the right entry level into the luxurious SUV market and with only a few additions from Mercedes proved to be simply as thrilling and user-friendly as a lot of its siblings.
Craig and Deanne Conover have been test-driving automobiles for over eight years and have had the chance to drive many makes and fashions. They obtain a brand new automobile every week for a weeklong take a look at drive and journey. They each love having the distinctive alternative of attempting out new vehicles. They reside in Springville.