Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the all-new GLA compact SUV, with the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 rival to kick off from $55,100 plus on-road costs.

    The price of entry is up by around $10,000 compared to the previous model, though the three-pointed star promises more space, performance and features with its new model.

    Four variants will be offered at launch, starting with the GLA200 and topping out with the hi-po AMG GLA45 S 4Matic – which eclipses the $100,000 barrier for the first time.

    The new GLA is available to order now with Benz-badged models arriving in August, and AMG models due in the fourth quarter.


    • GLA200: $55,100
    • GLA250 4Matic: $66,500
    • AMG GLA35 4Matic: $82,935
    • AMG GLA45 S 4Matic+: $107,035

    All prices exclude on-road costs.


    The new GLA family is exclusively powered by turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines.

    GLA200 models are powered by a 1.3-litre turbo four co-developed with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, developing 120kW of power and 250Nm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

    The GLA250 4Matic gets a larger 2.0-litre turbo making 165kW and 350Nm, driving all four wheels via a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

    Opting for the AMG GLA35 (above) gets an even more powerful version of the GLA250’s 2.0-litre turbo, boosted to 225kW and 400Nm. Drive in the GLA35 is channelled through an AMG-tuned eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    The GLA35 completes the 0-100 sprint in a claimed 5.1 seconds.

    Finally, the flagship AMG GLA45 S gets a model-specific 2.0-litre turbo four outputting a hefty 310kW and 500Nm.

    The powertrain is married to an eight-speed DCT with Race Start (launch control) and 4Matic+ variable all-wheel drive.

    Mercedes-AMG claims a 4.3-second sprint from 0-100 for the GLA45 S, making it 0.2 seconds quicker than arch rival Audi’s new RSQ3 and RSQ3 Sportback.

    Fuel Economy

    Mercedes-Benz Australia is yet to quote local fuel consumption figures for our market, though overseas figures are as follows:

    • GLA200: 5.7-6.0L/100km
    • GLA250 4Matic: 6.9-7.1L/100km
    • AMG GLA35 4Matic: 7.4-7.5L/100km
    • AMG GLA45 S 4Matic+: N/A

    Note: The variations in global fuel consumption data is based on the effects of different specifications on the more realistic WLTP test cycle i.e. certain wheel/tyre packages will perform differently in official testing


    The new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA is as yet untested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.

    It’s worth noting, however, that all the GLA’s platform mates – i.e. the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLB – have all achieved five stars with strong results across the board.

    All models come as standard with autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot assist, exit warning assistant, active lane keep assist, nine airbags, an active bonnet, cross-wind assist, Pre-Safe accident anticipatory systems, and traffic sign assist.


    At 4417mm long, 1834mm wide and 1616mm tall with a 2729mm wheelbase, the new GLA is 14mm shorter, 30mm wider and 122mm taller than the previous model according to Mercedes-Benz, with an extra 30mm between the axles as well.

    There’s 435L of boot space with the rear seats up – an improvement of 14L compared to the outgoing model – which expands to 1430L with the back row folded, an increase of nearly 200L.

    Standard Equipment

    GLA200 standard features include:

    • Comfort Seats in Artico leatherette upholstery
    • Keyless-Go with powered tailgate
    • Thermotronic climate control
    • MBUX infotainment with dual 10.25-inch displays
    • Satellite navigation
    • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • Wireless smartphone charging
    • Selectable drive modes
    • 64-colour ambient interior lighting
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • DAB+ radio
    • Active Parking Assist with Parktronic sensors
    • LED fixed headlight with Adaptive High Beam Assist
    • 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
    • Progressive Equipment Line (styling)

    The GLA250 4Matic adds:

    • Panoramic electric sunroof
    • Front seats with heating, electric adjustment and memory
    • Lowered comfort suspension
    • Sports-direct steering
    • Off-Road Engineering Package
    • Remote engine start via Mercedes Me Connect app
    • 19-inch five-spoke alloys

    The AMG GLA35 4Matic adds:

    • AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather
    • Steering-mounted AMG Drive Unit
    • AMG Ride Control sports suspension
    • AMG high-performance brakes
    • AMG exhaust
    • AMG speed-sensitive power steering
    • AMG Night Package
    • AMG-specific body styling
    • Comfort Sport Seats in Lugano leather
    • 20-inch AMG five-twin-spoke alloys

    The AMG GLA45 S 4Matic+ adds:

    • AMG Driver’s Package (top speed lifted to 265km/h)
    • AMG Performance steering wheel in Dinamica microfibre with contrast stitching
    • Comfort Sports seats in ‘Yellow Cut’ leather with contrast stitching
    • AMG Track Pace
    • Burmester surround sound system
    • Driving Assistance Package Plus including:
      • Active Distance Assist ‘Distronic’ (adaptive cruise control)
      • Front cross-traffic assist
      • Lane Change Assist
      • Route-based speed adaptation
    • Parking Package with 360-degree cameras
    • Multibeam LED headlights
    • AMG-specific body styling with roof-mounted spoiler lip and AMG rear apron with specific diffuser
    • AMG exhaust system
    • AMG brakes (360 x 36mm perforated front discs and 330 x 22mm perforated rears)
    • Six-piston fixed front calipers and one-piston floating rear calipers
    • 4Matic+ all-wheel drive with AMG Torque Control
    • Body shell stiffening
    • AMG-specific front steering knuckles and rear axle sub-frame

    The GLA200 and GLA250 will be available for a limited time with the exclusive Edition 1 Package ($6990/$5990 for GLA200/GLA250) which brings the following enhancements:

    • Electric and heated front seats with memory (GLA200)
    • Comfort Sport seats in black/Red Cut Artico/Dinamica trim with contrast red stitching
    • Carbon Structure trim with Edition lettering
    • AMG floor mats in red/black with Edition lettering
    • AMG exterior body styling
    • Black highlights including window tint
    • Edition badging
    • 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels in black with red flange
    • Multibeam LED headlights
    • Panoramic glass electric sunroof (GLA200)
    • Lowered comfort suspension (GLA200)
    • Parking Package with 360-degree camera
    • Five paint colour choices:
      • Polar White
      • Night Black
      • Cosmos Black Metallic
      • Digital White Metallic
      • Mountain Grey Metallic


    We’re waiting to hear back from Mercedes-Benz Australia regarding service pricing for the new GLA range.

    Stay tuned for an update with those details.

    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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