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MERCEDES-BENZ GLA HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS

GLA 250e Exclusive Edition 5dr Auto

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This Stuttgart brand's GLA model offers sophisticated plug-in tech. Jonathan Crouch takes a look...

Background

The Mercedes EQ Power brand covers almost every kind of electrification, from mild hybrids and full-EVs in the company's larger models to the space-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain that fits into this maker's more compact cars. It's that latter PHEV tech we're looking at here, specifically as applied to the Stuttgart manufacturer's smallest SUV, the GLA. The GLA 250 e shares the same plug-in powertrain as the A-Class, the B-Class and the CLA, a set-up that right now just happens to set the segment standard. But can it justify a significant price premium over the conventional petrol and diesel versions of this GLA? Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

Before the advent of plug-in technology, the idea of a humble 1,332cc petrol engine somehow putting out as much as 218hp would have been quite startling but that's the system output of the GLA 250 e. That figure combines the 150hp of this model's 1.33-litre powerplant with a 75kW electric motor linked to a 15.6kWh lithium-ion battery. These power sources collectively generate a pretty potent system pulling power figure of 450Nm. So, not surprisingly, performance is sprightly, 62mph dispatched in just 7.1s en route to 136mph. You have to have front wheel drive and an 8-speed 8G-DCT dual clutch auto transmission. Of most interest to a potential PHEV buyer though, will be this model's projected WLTP all-electric driving range - up to 37 miles. Obviously, you won't get anywhere near that figure if you regularly approach the quoted all-electric top speed of 87mph. The car has a pleasing preference for battery-powered motoring and there's an extra 'Electric' DYNAMIC SELECT drive mode for use if once you get going, you want to prevent the combustion engine cutting in. In theory, you can stay in battery drive all the way up to 87mph. Alternatively, an 'Electric in City' option allows you to save battery charge for urban driving you might want to do later in your trip. Either way, you can maximise battery range with careful use of these steering wheel paddleshifters, there not to switch gear ratios but to vary levels of brake energy recuperation - though it's easier just to pull hard on either one, this then selecting a radar-based 'D AUTO' recuperation programme which basically does it all for you.

Design and Build

This GLA's PHEV set-up is all very cleverly packaged. An innovative exhaust system layout explains the need for a relatively minimal reduction in boot capacity compared with a conventionally-engined GLA model. The exhaust ends in a centrally positioned outlet under the vehicle floor, with the rear silencer housed in the transmission tunnel. Integrating the fuel tank into the axle installation space creates additional room beneath the rear seats for the high-voltage battery. Otherwise, it's much as it would be in any other GLA. Visual differentiators as to this variant's plug-in status are limited to subtle badging. And inside, the cabin is unchanged, save for extra EV read-outs on the instrument screen and a comprehensive 'EQ' menu in the MBUX infotainment system. As usual with a modern compact Mercedes, there's the usual hi-tech cabin screenfest on show. On a GLA 250 e, the touchscreen media display in the centre of the dash will always be of the largest 10.25-inch size, but depending on spec, this instrument cluster monitor will either be 7-inches or 10.25-inches. This whole MBUX twin-screen set-up can be activated by prodding on the monitors, by various neat touchpads or by the provided 'Hey Mercedes' voice-activated functionality. In the back, the PHEV system seems to have brought no discernible compromises in the accommodation provided for passengers. That's because, cleverly, the fuel tank has been integrated into a space around the axle installation, creating additional room beneath the rear bench for the high-voltage battery. It all means that, as with an ordinary GLA, leg room's pretty generous by class standards. But there are compromises in the boot, where the 385-litre capacity is 50-litres down on that of a conventional GLA.

Market and Model

Mercedes has priced this GLA 250 e plug-in at about the same level as the top GLA diesel, the 190hp GLA 220d, which costs around £39,000 but, unlike this PHEV, has standard 4MATIC 4WD. If you're comparing against a petrol model, for this plug-in hybrid, you'd be looking at needing to find around £2,700 more than would be necessary for a comparably-specified version of the fastest conventional mainstream petrol model, the 224hp GLA 250. There are three GLA 250 e trim levels - the 'Exclusive Edition' variant, then 'Exclusive Edition Premium' and, if you can stretch up to just over £42,000, top 'Exclusive Edition Premium Plus'. As for rivals, well the most direct one is Volvo's front-driven XC40 T4 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid model, which will save you around £2,500 over this plug-in Mercedes. The BMW X1 xDrive 25e will also save you money - around £1,000 - and has the added advantage of AWD. You'll need to pay quite a lot more if you want the premium compact SUV sector's two other PHEV offerings, the Audi Q3 45 TFSI e and the Jaguar E-PACE P300e, but that's because those two cars offer quite a lot more power than this GLA 250e; but they'd certainly come into play as rivals if you were looking at plusher versions of this Mercedes plug-in model.

Cost of Ownership

The 15.6kWh battery can be charged with AC or DC current via a socket located in the right-hand side wall of the vehicle. This GLA 250 e can be charged at a 7.4kW wallbox with alternating current (AC) within 1 h 45 min from 10-100%. Keep everything charged up and Mercedes reckons that 90% of regular commuting journeys can be completed without using the petrol engine. One important comfort feature is the pre-entry climate control prior to starting a journey, which reduces energy usage and can also be activated conveniently by smartphone. The quoted WLTP combined cycle fuel figure is 201.8mpg and WLTP CO2 emissions are rated at just 32g/km, which means a low 10% BiK rating and no road tax exposure. The MBUX infotainment system assists the driver in finding charging stations. Just start a search simply by saying "Hey Mercedes, find charging stations nearby". Via the 'Mercedes me Charge' system, drivers of this plug-in hybrid model can optionally obtain access to one of the world's largest charging networks, with over 300 different operators in Europe alone (municipalities, car parks, motorways, shopping centres, etc.). Thanks to navigation, Mercedes-Benz customers can find these stations easily and can gain convenient access to the charging stations via the Mercedes me Charge card, the Mercedes me App or directly from the car. No separate contracts are necessary for this: apart from simple authentication, customers benefit from an integrated payment function with simple billing after they have registered their payment method once. Each charging process is booked automatically. The individual charging processes are clearly listed in a monthly invoice.

Summary

If Mercedes could have made this plug-in GLA variant a little more affordable, we'd have had no hesitation recommending it as a go-to model in the range. After all, there's lots to like here; superb refinement, clean emissions that lead to super-low BiK taxation and the appealing prospect of largely fuel-free commuting mileage. Even as it is, this GLA 250 e could make more sense than a conventional model once you add up whole-life costs on a finance deal. The era of plug-in hybrid technology may be relatively short-lived - much of Europe plans to ban hybrid engines by 2035 - but right here, right now, it's the approach to electrification that makes most sense for an awful lot of buyers. But upfront costs need to be driven down if wider consumer uptake on PHEV models like this one is to be realised. If you don't mind paying the premium though, with a GLA 250 e, you'll get a premium package in return.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Top Speed
Top Speed137mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25 inch touchscreen media display
  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster display
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Attention assist
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Direct steering
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Easy-pack tailgate
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle set up
  • Pre-installation of private car share
  • Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limit assist
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Media interface
  • Mercedes-Benz sound system - 100W

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Aerial for GPS
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • AMG front and rear apron
  • AMG specific/dual flow exhaust pipes in chrome (non-functional)
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Beltline strips and weather strip in chrome
  • Black grained claddings with chrome parts
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Car wash function
  • Dark privacy glass from B-pillar backwards
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators
  • EQ badging
  • Front door sills with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • Heated windscreen wash system
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights in two piece design
  • LED third brake light
  • Matt titanium grey front and rear apron trim
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Roof spoiler
  • Single lamella raditor grille with chrome dotted diamond grille and inlay

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 3 spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with flattened bottom and perforated grip area
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Adjustable head restraints
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
  • Ambient lighting in front headrests
  • AMG floor mats with AMG lettering and stiched edging
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed door pulls in silver chrome
  • Charging socket
  • Charging system - AC charging system rated at 7.4 kW
  • Courtesy light in boot
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless
  • Leather trimmed gearknob
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Mode 3 charging cable 11 kW
  • Multi-gesture touchpad control on center console
  • Net in front passenger footwell
  • Pre-entry climate control
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
  • Sports seats
  • Stowage compartment in centre console
  • Stowage compartment with retractable cover
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Twin front cup holders
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

Packs

  • AMG body styling pack - GLA
  • Comfort seat pack - GLA Class
  • Interior lighting with light and sight pack - GLA
  • Load compartment pack - GLA
  • Mirror pack - GLA Class
  • Parking pack - GLA

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • ABS with Brake Assist
  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Bonnet with power domes
  • Brake pad wear warning indicator
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and passenger head and side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz logo lettering on front
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Internally ventilated brakes with perforated brake discs at the front
  • Radar-based recuperation
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1
  • Keyless Go starting function
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Vehicle key with decorative surround in chrome

Technical

  • Comfort suspension
  • Rear axle multi-link

Trim

  • Carbon structure trim
  • Chrome air vent surrounds

Wheels

  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels aerodynamically optimised painted in tantalite grey with a high sheen finish
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    10.9
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    330
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    120
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
    16.1
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    59
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    36.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    22.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2.8
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    37.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    35
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    39

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.064
  • HC
    0.015
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    67
  • NOx
    0.02
  • Particles
    0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    32

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1332
  • Compression Ratio
    10.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    10
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    39.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    36.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    46.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    28.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    201.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.3
  • Badge Power
    218
  • Based On ID
    92785
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Exclusive Edition
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    40E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.1
  • Engine Power - BHP
    218
  • Engine Power - KW
    160
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    170
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    23.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    230
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1620
  • Top Speed
    137

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1613
  • Length
    4410
  • Wheelbase
    2729
  • Width
    1834
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2020

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    35
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2295
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1385
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    445
  • Max. Loading Weight
    520
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1775
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4
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