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Vehicle Profile: 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA
An SUV that deftly balances what you want and what you need

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA is proof positive that family vehicles no longer need to favor function over form. A stylish and powerful vehicle that is every bit as capable of being useful on road trips and outings as an unwieldy minivan, the 2018 GLA balances the ideas of practicality and precision while demonstrating that they do not have to be mutually exclusive. 

Exterior design

There is nothing about the 2018 GLA that isn’t characteristic of Mercedes-Benz’s ethos of alluring power. Front and center you’ll find a modernized take on the inimitable Mercedes-Benz grille that emphasizes the iconic star emblem with twin matte silver crosswings featuring six chrome-accented slots. This imposing face feeds into the twin power dome hood, which bolsters aerodynamics while completing the 2018 GLA’s refined face. Its low, athletic stance is bolstered by standard 18-inch wheels and powerful shoulders, all informing the athletic character of its sleek silhouette.

Performance

The heart of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA is a 208-horsepower inline four-cylinder engine paired with a 7G-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This combination provides you with the perfect balance between the hands-on feel of a manual and the effortlessness of an automatic, delivering optimal efficiency and superior driving dynamics. The 2018 GLA offers three selectable drive modes — ECO, Sport and Manual — and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that allow you to customize your experience at the wheel every time you take to the road. For more rugged travel or times where the weather does not cooperate, available 4MATIC® all-wheel drive can instantly redirect up to 50 percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels if it detects a loss in traction.

Interior

With seating capacity for up to five, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA is an ideal choice for families who don’t want to compromise a taste for the finer things in the name of practicality. Truly, the 2018 GLA lives up to the idiom of having your cake and eating it, too. Not only is its interior spacious and accommodating for passengers, but it is replete with high-quality materials and an elevated sense of fit and finish. With mood-enhancing ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control and optional heated front seats, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA delivers on all the essentials you need to keep your passenger placated on drives of all lengths. Available HANDS-FREE ACCESS allows you to open the standard power liftgate with just a wave of your foot, providing instantaneous access to up to 43.6 cubic feet of storage space even when your hands are full.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA is an elegant solution to the question of whether it is possible to cater to your more adult needs without sacrificing your more youthful impulses. By offering a thrilling driving experience and creating a powerful presence on the road, the 2018 GLA achieves greatness without giving an inch.

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