Mercedes Benz GLA250 Rent in Dubai
Merging off-road styling cues and hot-hatch driving characteristics, the Mercedes Benz GLA250 Rent in Dubai will charm enthusiast drivers more than crossover buyers. In its quest to appeal to as many consumers as possible, the GLA250 sometimes comes across as misguided, sacrificing too much SUV-ness to be a jack-of-all-trades. As a result, the GLA’s cabin is short on space for people and cargo, although it offers sophisticated styling and lots of high-tech features and options. But rivals such as the BMW X1 and the Lexus NX offer far roomier cabins and more cargo capacity.
With its diminutive size and nimble demeanor, the GLA-class feels more like a hatchback than many of its crossover competitors. As the smallest and cheapest of Mercedes-Benz‘s SUVs, its interior is neither as luxurious nor as spacious as you might expect for a vehicle with the prestigious three-pointed-star badge. Plenty of high-end technology features are on offer, but the GLA has gone a while without updates. That means it’s less appealing than the newer A-class sedan, which boasts a more attractive design inside and out. A new, fully modernized version of the GLA-class should arrive sometime within the next year.
The Mercedes Benz GLA250 Rent in Dubai comes with front-wheel drive, while the 4Matic comes with all-wheel drive. Among its many option packages, we’d choose the $1900 Premium package, the $350 Smartphone Integration package, and the $1650 leather upholstery to make the interior feel a bit more plush.
The GLA250’s turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 208 horsepower and mates to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive (4Matic) is optional. While that doesn’t sound like meaningful muscle, the powertrain does a remarkable job of pulling the GLA250 around so long as you keep up the revs. During light-footed, around-town driving, the GLA feels sluggish. At our test track, our all-wheel-drive test vehicle managed a quick 5.8-second blast from zero to 60 mph thanks to its launch-control feature—a rarity in this segment of SUV wannabes. For comparison, the X1’s quickest time was recorded as 6.3 seconds.
Due to the Mercedes Benz GLA250 Rent in Dubai raised ride height, there is body roll when cornering, but otherwise the handling is sharp and athletic. The chassis is competent and lively during spirited driving, but when pushed to its limit, the GLA250 is quick to remind you that you’re not behind the wheel of a sports car. The effects of the firm suspension are a rough ride over uneven roads and the odd choppy highway ride. The steering is light but precise; however, extra heft in the wheel would be appreciated. Around town, the light steering aids maneuverability, so the compromise is acceptable.
The GLA compares very favorably with the competition in fuel economy. It’s important to note that the GLA250’s turbocharged engine requires premium gasoline, but so, too, do the X1, the Infiniti QX30, and the NX. Over our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test route, the GLA250 4Matic managed an impressive 34 mpg, outpacing the aforementioned rivals including the hybrid version of the NX.
Overall, the Mercedes Benz GLA250 Rent in Dubai design is stylish and sophisticated, although some of the material finishes are less refined than what we’d expect from a Mercedes-Benz. Panel fit and finish doesn’t match the rest of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, either. The manual tilting-and-telescoping column makes it easy for the driver to find a comfortable position, but power-adjustable controls would be nice at this price point. The GLA250’s cabin is on the small side. The front row is roomy enough for two adults, but the back seat is cramped to the point that rear head- and legroom are the worst in the class. For those with small children, this may not pose a problem, but if you’re expecting to take the GLA250 on a long trip with four adults, it will be a tight squeeze.
The GLA250’s rear cargo area is one of the smallest in the segment. If carting bulky items is part of your daily routine, be sure to do a test run to ensure your items will stow. We fit five carry-on cases behind the rear seats and 16 in total with the seats folded flat, but the X1 managed to fit seven behind its rear seats and the Volvo XC40 swallowed an impressive 23 carry-ons with its seats folded.
An 8.0-inch infotainment screen is standard and perches atop the GLA250’s dashboard. Navigation is optional, as is Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, and onboard Wi-Fi. A small rotary knob on the center console controls the infotainment system, but there are still a few menus that can cause frustration. One example is that you must unplug your Apple CarPlay– or Android Auto–enabled phone to access the built-in navigation. Connecting with Bluetooth is easy, and audio quality for both phone calls and streaming music is very good.
No crash-test results are available for the GLA-class from U.S. agencies, but Mercedes-Benz does offer a comprehensive list of standard safety gear. Driver-assistance technologies are available, but mainly as pricey options that drive up the bottom line. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control
*Information may vary depending on the selected vehicle. All information was taken from manufacturer’s website.
front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
122 in3, 1991 cm3
221 hp @ 5500 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1620 rpm
8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase: 107.4 in
Length: 173.6 in
Width: 72.2 in
Height: 63.5 in
Cargo volume: 15 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 3400–3600 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 5.7–5.9 sec
100 mph: 16.4–16.6 sec
¼-mile: 14.5–14.7 sec
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 130 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 26–27/23–24/32–33 mpg
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