Mercedes GLA hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
Available in three high-spec trim levels, the Mercedes GLA 250 e is a comfortable and well equipped SUV
The GLA 250 e is available with three plush trim levels: AMG Line Executive, AMG Line Premium, and AMG Line Premium Plus. Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, keyless go, multi-function steering wheel, heated front seats, a pair of 10.25-inch displays, lane-keeping assist and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Options and accessories are available, but it’s worth keeping your box-ticking to a minimum, because these can add two or three thousand pounds to the list price. Every GLA 250 e costs more than £40,000, so you’ll be liable for the higher-rate road tax.
Mercedes GLA hybrid dashboard
The GLA's interior design is great and overall quality impresses, too. Everything feels well put together, while extra leather on the dashboard (part of the Executive pack) really helps to lift the ambience. The GLA's dashboard shares much with the layout of the smaller A-Class, but that's no bad thing. You may be picking one of the smaller models in Mercedes' range with the GLA, but you won't feel as though you're missing out on much of the brand's famous quality and luxury.
Equipment, options & accessories
The lowest-specced GLA 250 e you can buy is the AMG Line Executive, which has 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, LED headlights, AMG bodystyling, comfort suspension with lowered ride height, privacy glass, sports seats, ambient lighting, wireless charging, keyless entry and go and a pair of 10.25-inch screens on the dashboard. Given the level of spec, there’s no need to upgrade to the AMG Line Premium trim.
If you do, you'll get 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, illuminated sill panels, blind spot assist, a premium sound system, augmented reality for the navigation and leather trim with red stitching.
Finally, the AMG Line Premium Plus features 20-inch AMG alloys, multi-beam LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, memory function for the front seats, 360-degree camera and traffic sign assist.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
All versions of the GLA 250 e get a pair of impressive 10.25-inch displays on the dashboard. One is a configurable instrument cluster in front of the driver, while the other is a touchscreen media display with Mercedes’ familiar MBUX user system.
The infotainment itself takes a bit of getting used to, but once you've got your eye in it's one of the best around, with clear, easy-to-read information and a logical menu system.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe updated Mercedes GLA 250 e has an even more impressive electric range and is a top choice for company-car buyers
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Mercedes GLA 250 e plug-in hybrid is very efficient on paper and has a generous electric range
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Mercedes GLA 250 e makes a lot of sense for company-car users; private buyers will have to be a bit more careful with the options list, however
- 4Engines, drive & performanceRunning on electric power, the Mercedes GLA 250 e is quiet and refined. The petrol engine is a bit noisy, however
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingAvailable in three high-spec trim levels, the Mercedes GLA 250 e is a comfortable and well equipped SUV
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Mercedes GLA 250 e is more spacious and practical than the previous version of the GLA, but some plug-in hybrid rivals offer greater versatility
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe GLA 250 e hybrid is likely to be safe, although Mercedes’ recent reliability is in question