The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA definitely comes with an interesting design concept. The rear hatch is definitely a practical add-on for the small four-door car; however, it does kind of decrease the “awe-value” that Mercedes’ cars are known for. The mechanics of the GLA are strikingly similar to the CLA, with identical transverse-mounted power-trains. The GLA 250 comes with a 208 horsepower 2.0 liter engine, while the 45 AMG edition comes with a 355 horsepower version of the same engine. Both the CLA and the 45 AMG come with a seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

The 45 AMG version of the GLA will only come in all-wheel-drive versions. I would definitely need the all-wheel-drive version where I live; however, if you live in a relatively mountain-less terrain with little snowfall, then you may want to opt for the GLA 250. The GLA 250 will have both a front-wheel drive model and an all-wheel drive model. The only issue here is that if you want the front-wheel drive model, you will have to wait a bit longer for it to be released than you will for the earlier arriving all-wheel-drive models.

The AMG edition of the GLA has the ability to reach 60 miles-per-hour in less than 5 seconds, which is definitely on the upper end of the acceleration scale. One of my other favorite features of the GLA and the 45 AMG edition are the extra features that they both contain. You’ll get collision prevention assistance and attention assistance built-in with the factory models. You also have the option to add blind spot assistance, the trademarked DISTRONIC PLUS system (a distraction avoidance system that alerts you when the computer believes you may have become distracted or sleepy), and lane keeping assistance systems. All of these features are definitely pretty cool and nice to have; however, Mercedes is careful to throw some fine print in to ensure that buyers are aware that the features are not substitutes for careful driving and that driving while distracted or sleepy should be avoided at all times.

The exterior paint options that I have seen so far are not flashy at all; however, the Mercedes symbol on the outside as well as the design alone will set you apart from other non-luxury cars. However, the interior seats are what caught my eye with these cars. The black leather seats also have unique red striping along the edges, which definitely sets the interior apart from other car’s interiors. You know you are riding in luxury once you see the seats on the inside (Keep in mind, this is the only version of the seats that I saw, there may be other color options in the future once the car is closer to being released).

Although the car is not as flashy as one might expect, there are still some luxury add-ons that you can add to make your car stand out. The GLA, like all other Mercedes-Benz cars, comes with the option to add carbon fiber trim to both the interior of the car as well as the exterior of the car, including your mirror housings. One of the coolest add-ons that I’ve seen for the GLA is the package that adds a large front splitter as well as a rear spoiler and Mercedes’ “Night Package” to the vehicles designs. There are also many custom aftermarket car accessories and mods that you can special order to make your new Mercedes GLA stand out!

I do like the concept of the GLA and the 45 AMG edition from Mercedes-Benz; however, I’m not sure that I like the hatchback idea. It is practical and adds storage space; however, I don’t know that the normal audience of the Mercedes luxury cars will need or like the hatchback design. I also wish that there were more color options available for me to look at. There may be more colors in the future; however, what is shown on the Mercedes website looks limited to me for a car that should be released later this year.

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