Mercedes-Benz has kindly let loose the price of the US-spec 2015 GLA-Class, telling Autoblog that the base 208-horsepower GLA250 in two-wheel drive form will go for $31,300 *not including a destination charge of $925. That makes for $32,225 in total to get one off the lot, a price predicted as early as last year and in our recent First Drive. The other two available models can push power to all four wheels, and after the destination fee is applied the GLA240 4Matic (pictured) will be $34,225 while the 355-horsepower GLA45 AMG will change lives and wallets to the tune of $49,225.

On the base scale, that puts the GLA250 just a few hundred dollar bills above the more powerful, rear-wheel-drive BMW X1 and a stack of hundreds below the less powerful, front-wheel-drive Audi Q3. If you're keeping in-house score, the GLA250 comes in at $1,400 above its sedan platform-mate with the same engine, the CLA250. At the high end, however, the competition doesn't have anything that can touch the AMG trim. Not that it should matter all that much – Mercedes needed something to keep these buyers in the family, and now it has it. If any of them should need even more power and more money spent, then there's always that 394-hp Brabus flavor. We'll have more info and details on each trim when Mercedes unleashes the shebang in the not-too-distant future.


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      Erik Robinson
      • 5 Months Ago
      Just got back from Australia where a coworker had one of these. Not normally a fan of Benz's, but this thing looked pretty hot. Cliche, but pics really don't so this thing justice. Very pretty in person. Great presence and a rich feeling interior. Of course they will be pissed when I tell them the starting price over here.
      Bernard
      • 5 Months Ago
      Mercedes just keeps going down market. Is that even luxury anymore? I hope GM is smart enough to know that's Buick territory and not Cadillac territory.
        express2day
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, etc. They've all gone down market.
          express2day
          • 5 Months Ago
          @express2day
          @Bernard You must be joking. The ATS Is hardly moving the brand upmarket and the DeVille/DTS/XTS has gotten cheaper and cheaper. The SRX, Cadillac's bestseller, also took a huge price reduction in 2010 and STILL has nearly a $3K lower base price today than it did back in 2009 without even adjusting for inflation. Five years ago, the cheapest Cadillac had a base price of $36,560 which is about $41K adjusting for inflation. The cheapest 2014 Cadillac has a base price of $33,065. Ten years ago, the cheapest Cadillac had a base price of $30,650 which is about $39K adjusting for inflation and, again, today’s cheapest Cadillac is still many thousands less at $33,065. The DeVille ten years ago had a base price of $45,600 which is about $58K today. The 2014 XTS base price is only $44,600. Cadillac has certainly gone down market.
        juststudent
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        Keeps going down? This is jacked up A-class, which has been spawned since almost 2 decades ago.
        Lachmund
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        Mercedes always has build vehicles over the whole spectrum. Some people are simply not as superficial as you seem to be.
          Bernard
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          What do you mean? People in the US buy Mercedes for the badge. It doesn't get anymore superficial than that.
        pavsterrocks
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        Been outside the USA much? They use MB as taxicabs in Germany. Just because they have a lower end model doesn't stop them from making some awesome cars as well.
      Rotation
      • 5 Months Ago
      I do not like the dashboard and I hate the instrument cluster. But otherwise this looks like a pretty good car. Too bad about the FWD drivetrain. Even in the AWD version, it's still FWD with a PTO. A drag with a drivetrain that otherwise seems like a lot of fun.
        Joe Liebig
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        I don't think the dealers would get anything other than the 4matic, though. And it's designed for urban hipsters who shit their pants when they see some snow on the roads, not for off road explorers.
          juniorswa
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Joe Liebig
          Isn't pretty much EVERY crossover designed for urban hipsters? Nobody drives these things off road, ever.
      David
      • 5 Months Ago
      Exterior looks fantastic!! Interior, a bit of a mishmash, but the utility of the hatch makes for a great offering by MB to the NAM.
      ferps
      • 5 Months Ago
      I wonder what a GLA45 would be like with an off-road package...
      Tantoon
      • 5 Months Ago
      Still never mentioned in that segment is the wonderful Infiniti QX50 (previously EX37), RWD/AWD 325hp, great chassis and better appointed than most at comparative costs. Reliability is leaps and bound over Merc and BMW.
      Yoyo
      • 5 Months Ago
      Since Mercedes won't give us the A45 in the US I'll turn this into a hot hatch so fast. It'll look great.
      Joe Liebig
      • 5 Months Ago
      That means the GLA will actually cost $40k when bought from the dealer lot. Too expensive. Too close to the GLK. Give the entry-level car an entry-level price, then we're talking. This thing cost $7000 more than an - admittedly somewhat under-styled - Tiguan. $7000! When you're basically in a similar segment. That's too much brand premium.
      DMW2315
      • 5 Months Ago
      Looks like the Volvo C30. Where the BMW X1 is an SUV/Crossover, this looks more like a Hatchback/Crossover. And Mercedes-Benz, please STOP designing your dash to make it look like you forgot about the Navigation/Comand Screen and just slapped it on like an after-thought. My friend just go a 2014 Designo Edition G63 AMG and it too has the tacked on Nav/Comand screen. Ruined the flow of the interior and quite frankly it now has the similar look of a $30K CLA / GLA. Embarrassing...
      404 not found
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'd take the Lexus NX over this thing.
      Bruce Lee
      • 5 Months Ago
      For the price of the CLA45 you could have a fully loaded out X1 with the turbo 6 cylinder N55 and a real rwd platform. The CLA45 does come with more power stock but that motor is already pushed to the limit while the x1 would have a lot more potential if you wanted to tune it. Of course the GLA is newer and more fuel efficient in all likelihood.
        Rotation
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Bruce Lee
        As mentioned in the article, Brabus tunes the GLA45 to add 40 more HP. So I guess that engine wasn't already pushed to the limit and there is some room for tuning.
      normc32
      • 5 Months Ago
      Everybody wants to be like Buick Encore but with a $12,000 discount. http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1402-2013-buick-encore-awd-vs-bmw-x1-xdrive28i-comparison/?fullsite=true
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