MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ GLA HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS GLA 250e Exclusive Edition Premium 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.1s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

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.

MERC'S E-GAME

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.

  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Heated windscreen wash system
  • Dark privacy glass from B-pillar backwards
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control

  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Program with Anti Skid Control
  • Anti lock brake system with Brake Assist
  • Brake pad wear warning indicator
  • Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz logo lettering on front
  • Internally ventilated brakes with perforated brake discs at the front
  • Radar-based recuperation

  • AMG floor mats with AMG lettering and stiched edging

  • Comfort suspension

  • Wireless charging
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation

  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • Remote and charging services plus
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Direct steering
  • Attention assist
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • ECO start/stop function
  • Easy-pack tailgate

  • 10.25 inch touchscreen media display
  • Pre-installation of private car share
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Pre-installation for trailer coupling
  • Augmented reality navigation
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Speed limit assist
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • 10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators

  • Carbon structure trim
  • Chrome air vent surrounds

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming
  • Media interface
  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • Mercedes-Benz advanced sound system - 225W

  • EQ badging
  • Single lamella raditor grille with chrome dotted diamond grille and inlay
  • AMG specific/dual flow exhaust pipes in chrome (non-functional)
  • Black grained claddings with chrome parts
  • Car wash function
  • Beltline strips and weather strip in chrome
  • Aerial for GPS
  • Body coloured door handles with chrome insert for keyless entry
  • AMG front and rear apron
  • Matt titanium grey front and rear apron trim
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Roof spoiler

  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED third brake light
  • LED tail lights in two piece design

  • Pre-entry climate control
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display

  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • 3 spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with flattened bottom and perforated grip area
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Net in front passenger footwell
  • Stowage compartment with retractable cover
  • Stowage compartment in centre console
  • Twin front cup holders
  • illuminated door sills with changeable cover
  • Mode 2 charging cable with 3 pin plug
  • Mode 3 charging cable 22 kW
  • Brushed door pulls in silver chrome
  • Multi-gesture touchpad control on center console
  • Charging system - AC charging system rated at 7.4 kW
  • Charging socket
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Black roof lining
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Leather trimmed gearknob
  • Illuminated glovebox

  • Courtesy light in boot
  • Ambient lighting in front headrests
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless

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

  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Bonnet with power domes
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and passenger head and side airbags
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Window airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor

  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Adjustable head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Sports seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

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

  • Rear axle multi-link

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres

  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels aerodynamically optimised painted in tantalite grey with a high sheen finish

  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 330
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 120
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 10.9
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 16.1
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 22.6
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb: 59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 56
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb: 36.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 2.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 37.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 35
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 39

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 67
  • CO: 0.064
  • HC: 0.015
  • NOx: 0.02
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001

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

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

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

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

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 92786
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 41E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 218
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Exclusive Ed Premium
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 160
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1620
  • Engine Power - BHP: 218
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.1
  • Top Speed: 137
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R19
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2020
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1613
  • Length: 4410
  • Width: 1834
  • Wheelbase: 2729

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

  • Solid paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Designo metallic paint: £200

  • Leather upholstery: Included
  • Two tone leather upholstery: £0

  • Metallic - Cosmos Black: £0
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £0
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £0
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £0
  • Metallic - Digital white: £0

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Patagonia red: £200

  • Leather - Bahia brown/black: £0
  • Leather - Black: £0
  • Two tone leather - Classic red/black: £0
  • Two tone leather - Titanium grey pearl/black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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