Auto123 reviews the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC.
Things change very quickly in the automotive universe, especially lately. A mere decade ago, the luxury pocket crossover category was just a gleam in automakers’ eyes. Now, as we drag ourselves over the finish line of 2020, this niche is one of the hottest in the industry. Launched for the 2015 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLA joined the CLA four-door coupe in the Silver Star brand’s effort at democratization. At the time, the Stuttgart-based giant wanted to broaden its audience by offering more accessible vehicles, and the GLA has largely succeeded in its mandate.
In fact, the German brand has doubled its stakes in recent months with the introduction of a new CLA, but also an A-Class available in two sizes, as well as the GLB, basically a more "macho" GLA. The GLA is the last among this group of little fellas to receive an update, just in time for the new year.
Given the opportunity to drive this crossover that's trying (at last) to break away from its A-Class-on-stilts image, I learned the following from my few days of testing the 2021 GLA.