2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic first drive

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-class is the all new mini-SUV from Stuttgart that's built alongside the CLA-class and the global-market A-class hatch; the GLA250 4Matic is the entry-level version on the new two-model lineup. Designed to slide in beneath the GLK-class in Mercedes-Benz's North American showrooms, the GLA250 4Matic combines the interior space of a large five-door hatch with the off-road ability of a small SUV.

Powered by an 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four shared with the CLA250, which is currently flying off store shelves faster than Mercedes-Benz can steam cargo ships to our shores, the GLA250 4Matic's engine produces 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That's enough to send it to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds, on to a top speed of 130 mph. Equipped with Start/Stop standard, Mercedes-Benz estimates city/highway/combined fuel economy figures of 24/32/27.  Paired exclusively with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and an updated 4Matic all wheel-drive system, the GLA250 features a McPherson front axle and an independent multilink rear suspension, with three controls arms and one trailing arm per wheel for greater stability and control.

With a wheelbase of 106.3 inches and an overall length of 173.9 inches, the GLA250 4Matic is meant to combine the flexibility of a small wagon with the ground clearance of a softroader -- 8 inches in this case. As in larger offerings from Mercedes-Benz, comfort and interior flexibility are major priorities and the GLA250 makes the most of its interior and cargo room, offering a generous 38.3 inches of headroom. With the back seats in their upright and locked positions, the GLA250's cargo room measures 31.8 inches in length, though that grows to 54.9 inches with the rear seats folded down.


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