2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
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Underneath the hood of the GLA is a four-cylinder engine good for 208 horses, powering features like a folding seatback and a power liftgate. There are three performance modes available to help optimize the transmission and engine to let you drive in various conditions. The standard option is front-wheel drive, and there is all-wheel-drive available. This 4Matic setup enables off-roading functions.
Inside, there's Bluetooth and an 8-inch screen capable of integrating with your smartphone and displaying navigation. In addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you'll get a subscription to a Wi-Fi hotspot service. Also, driver aids require adding option packages.
It's not uncommon for a Benz to lean towards more powerful engines, but this one definitely has fun in mind. That's especially true if you get the AMG GLA 45 trim, which pumps out 375 horses and comes with all-wheel drive.
Of course, there is no such thing as a budget Benz that comes without sacrifice. In this case, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA comes with rougher ride quality than is normal for a Mercedes. There's also less cargo space and head- and legroom to spare. Finally, the transmission is slow.
What's New for 2019?
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA is part of the first generation, which released for the 2015 production year. This year, 20-inch wheels come standard on the AMG GLA 45 trim.
The compact SUV 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA offers plenty to prospective buyers, provided you're not looking for the most robust performance on the market. Though, if you are, the AMG GLA 45 does offer that.
If you don't prioritize performance, then the GLA 250 is the only trim you have left. If you live in a wet climate, definitely get the all-wheel-drive setup.
Regardless of the trim choice, you want the benefits of the Premium package, like heated seats, satellite radio, and blind-spot monitoring. If you regularly go on long-distance journeys, then the Multimedia package provides even more convenience in the form of smartphone integration and voice-controlled navigation. Finally, the Driver Assistance package has lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
There are three trims for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA:
- GLA 250
- GLA 250 with 4Matic
- AMG GLA 45
Underneath the hood of the GLA 250 is a 208-hp four-cylinder turbo engine. Features include Bluetooth, power-adjustable front seats, a 7-inch central display, and a power liftgate. The GLA 250 with 4Matic adds hill descent control as well as all-wheel drive. With the AMG GLA 45, you get a stronger engine along with other performance upgrades.
The base trim comes with imitation leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, three performance driving modes, and a center pass-through amid 60/40-split folding rear seats. Tech features include an SD card reader, a six-speaker sound system, and dual USB ports.
Going up to the 4Matic model adds some all-weather capability thanks to an off-road status monitor that analyzes the grade, the angle of the tilt, and the steering angle.
Finally, the AMG GLA 45 has all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights, and upgraded brakes. It also comes with options similar to that of the lower trims, but with a few exclusive additions to the mix.
There's also the AMG Dynamic Plus package, which adds a Race driving mode, adaptive dampers, and a higher speed ceiling. With the AMG Aerodynamics package, you can get a gloss-black body kit and rear spoiler.
There's something special about the way the GLA can blend its sharp handling and straight-line composure while maintaining its high ground clearance. The transmission and throttle fall somewhat short, though, responding sluggishly.
It takes 6.8 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill, which is considerably faster than its closest competitors. There's plenty of energy from the 208-hp four-cylinder turbo engine, but the slow transmission and throttle hamper how fast it can go.
It takes only 105 feet to come to a panic stop from 60 miles per hour, which is excellent even with summer tires. The pedal response diminishes after repeated stops, but the distances remain short.
There's good weight in the steering whether you're driving in the mountains or around town. It's on the lighter side of the spectrum, but you can feel road feedback on your fingertips, and the steering itself is precise.
Even though the GLA is an SUV, it doesn't handle like one. Instead, it's more like an agile hatchback that doesn't lean much on turns and has good tire grip. There's less steering wheel tug if you opt for the AMG GLA 45.
In the default E Mode, there's severe lag in the gas pedal. Opting for Manual or S Mode works better, but if you value acceleration, this could be a reason to skip out on the GLA.
Finally, there are eight inches of clearance, which is more than most of the segment has. With all-wheel drive, you gain hill descent control and access to special COMAND displays. Up to half the available torque goes to the rear wheels in AWD.
GLA 250: 24 city / 33 hwy
GLA 250 with 4Matic: 23 city / 31 hwy
AMG GLA 45: 22 city / 28 hwy
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Mercedes-Benz GLA Class invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Mercedes-Benz GLA Class MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.