2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA Costs Less Than A BMW X2

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Right at the end of 2019, the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA debuted, introducing a second-generation of the company's smallest crossover. Basically a taller version of the new CLA, this new GLA is better than the original with a sleeker design, improved drivetrain, and a much more luxurious interior. The 2021 GLA looks like a massive improvement over the outgoing model but up until now, we didn't know how much it would cost.

Mercedes has finally unveiled US-specific pricing for the 2021 GLA 250 and GLA 250 4MATIC, which will start at $36,230 and $38,230 respectively plus a $1,050 destination and delivery charge. This makes the GLA slightly more expensive than its main rivals, the Audi Q3 ($34,700) and BMW X1 ($35,200) but slightly less expensive than the BMW X2 ($36,400).

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The new GLA also undercuts the GLB ($36,600), which is the only subcompact luxury crossover to be available with the option of a third-row seat. It may not offer three rows of seating but the new GLA is 3.6 inches taller, 1.2 inches wider, and has a 1.1-inch longer wheelbase than the model it replaces. Mercedes has also drastically improved the GLA's cabin, which now includes the MBUX interface as standard equipment.

Both the GLA 250 and GLA 250 4MATIC are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. This is down seven hp compared to the Q3 and X1 but up 13 hp over the previous GLA. All three models produce the exact same amount of torque. No matter what, power is sent out through a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Mercedes estimated the 0-60 mph at 6.8 seconds with front-wheel-drive or 6.6 seconds with all-wheel-drive.

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The 2021 Mercedes GLA will go on sale in the US in mid-2020. Mercedes has not yet announced pricing the AMG GLA 35 model, which will share a 302 hp four-cylinder engine with the GLB 35. Both models are expected to be priced around $45,000 to start. An AMG GLA 45 model will arrive later in the US sporting 382 hp.

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