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Brand New Mercedes-Benz GLA GLA 250e Exclusive Edition Premium 5dr Auto

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£2999 deposit
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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

10.25 inch touchscreen media display10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen
Acoustic ambient protectionActive lane keeping assist
Attention assistAugmented reality navigation
Cruise control + speed limiterDirect steering
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)Easy-pack tailgate
ECO start/stop functionFluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
Hard-disk navigationHey Mercedes Voice activation
Lamp failure indicatorMercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
Mercedes me remote servicesMulti function trip computer
Outside temperature gaugeOwners manual and service booklet in English
Pre-installation for trailer couplingPre-installation of private car share
Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshieldsRemote and charging services plus
Service indicator (ASSYST)Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
Speed limit assistStatus display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
Wireless charging 

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Comfort suspensionRear axle multi-link

Entertainment

2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center consoleBluetooth connectivity including audio streaming
DAB Digital radioMBUX multimedia system
Media interfaceMercedes-Benz advanced sound system - 225W

Exterior Features

Adaptive brake lightsAerial for GPS
Aluminium roof railsAMG front and rear apron
AMG specific/dual flow exhaust pipes in chrome (non-functional)Automatic headlamp activation
Beltline strips and weather strip in chromeBlack grained claddings with chrome parts
Body colour bumpersBody colour door mirrors
Body coloured door handles with chrome insert for keyless entryCar wash function
Dark privacy glass from B-pillar backwardsElectric front windows
Electric rear windowsElectrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators
Heated glass rear windscreen + timer controlHeated windscreen wash system
LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lightsLED tail lights in two piece design
LED third brake lightMatt titanium grey front and rear apron trim
Rain sensor windscreen wipersRear fog lights
Roof spoilerSingle lamella raditor grille with chrome dotted diamond grille and inlay

Interior Features

12V power socket in centre console3 spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with flattened bottom and perforated grip area
40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrestAdjustable head restraints
Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with displayAmbient lighting in front headrests
AMG floor mats with AMG lettering and stiched edgingAuto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Black roof liningBrushed door pulls in silver chrome
Charging socketCharging system - AC charging system rated at 7.4 kW
Courtesy light in bootFront centre armrest with stowage
Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheelHeated front seats
illuminated door sills with changeable coverIlluminated glovebox
Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lightingInterior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless
Leather trimmed gearknobLuggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
Manually height and reach adjustable steering columnMode 2 charging cable with 3 pin plug
Mode 3 charging cable 22 kWMulti-gesture touchpad control on center console
Pre-entry climate controlSports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
Sports seatsStowage compartment in centre console
Stowage compartment with retractable coverSunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Twin front cup holdersTwo outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

Packs

AMG body styling pack - GLAComfort seat pack - GLA Class
Interior lighting with light and sight pack - GLALoad compartment pack - GLA
Mirror pack - GLA ClassParking pack - GLA

Passive Safety

3 rear 3 point seatbeltsABS with Brake Assist
Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mmActive brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assistBonnet with power domes
Brake pad wear warning indicatorChildproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
Crash responsive emergency lightingDriver and passenger head and side airbags
Drivers knee airbagDual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Electronic parking brakeESP curve dynamic assist
ESP with ASRFront and rear seatbelt reminder
Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz logo lettering on frontFront passenger seat occupancy sensor
Internally ventilated brakes with perforated brake discs at the frontRadar-based recuperation
Tyre pressure monitoring systemWarning triangle and first aid kit
Window airbags 

Security

Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1Keyless go lock/unlock
Keyless Go starting functionRemote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
Urban guard vehicle protectionVehicle key with decorative surround in chrome

Trim

Carbon structure trimChrome air vent surrounds

Wheels

19" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels aerodynamically optimised painted in tantalite grey with a high sheen finishSummer tyres
Tirefit tyre sealant kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh15.6Battery Charge Slow kW7.4
Battery Charge Slow Percentage10-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)330
Battery Charge Fast kW11Battery Charge Fast Percentage10-100
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)105Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km16.1
WLTP - AER (km) - Comb59WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb36.7
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb20.4WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb3
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max15.7WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min14.8
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max4WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min4.2
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb61WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max61
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min63WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb38
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max38WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min39

Emissions - ICE

CO0.064HC0.015
Noise Level dB(A)67NOx0.02
Particles0.0001Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb32 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1332Compression Ratio10.6:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)72.2Cylinders - Stroke (mm)81.4
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears8 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb7.1WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High7.6
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High6.1WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low9.3
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium6.4WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb39.8
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High37.2WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High46.3
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low30.4WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium44.1
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb1.4WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb201.8

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC1.3
Badge Power218Based On ID92786
Coin SeriesExclusive Ed PremiumGeneration Mark2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0741EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage15500Special EditionTrue
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.1Engine Power - BHP218
Engine Power - KW160Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5500Engine Torque - LBS.FT184
Engine Torque - MKG25.5Engine Torque - NM250
Engine Torque - RPM1620Top Speed137

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front235/50 R19
Tyre Size Rear235/50 R19Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 TWIN SPOKEWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height (including roof rails)1609Length4410
Wheelbase2729Width1834
Width (including mirrors)2020 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)35Gross Vehicle Weight2295
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1385Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)445
Max. Loading Weight520Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1775No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mercedes-Benz GLA

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

Ten Second Review

For Mercedes GLA customers, EQ Power means the addition of the plug-in hybrid technology that features in this clever GLA 250 e variant. It can travel up to 37 WLTP-rated miles on a single charge that can be completed from 10-100% in just an hour and 45 minutes from a 7.4kW garage wallbox. And the 1.33-litre petrol engine and 75kW electric motor produce a sprightly 218hp total output, yet a super-low 32g/km CO2 reading. In short, this is a car that's eco-conscious as well as fashion-conscious. If you can afford it, this Mercedes is easy to like.

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.

Performance
80%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
50%
Equipment
60%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
50%
Insurance
60%

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£499
Deposit£2999
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate5.78%
Cash price£41,895
Arnold Clark deposit£584.69
Credit amount£38,311.31
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£21,375
Total amount payable£48,920.69
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge13.0p per mile
Representative APR5.9%
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