Mercedes GLA hybrid costs, insurance, warranty & tax
The 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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|34-35||3yrs / unlimited miles||1yr / 12,000 miles (est)||From £802 / £1,604|
As is so often the case with plug-in hybrids, the GLA makes the most sense for company-car drivers thanks to its low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rating of just 8%, which equates to reasonable monthly payments. Private buyers who spend most of their time around town will benefit from lower fuel costs compared to a petrol or diesel car, but there's no denying the difference in up-front cost.
So while the Mercedes is a no-brainer for company-car users, as a private buyer It's worth making a rough estimate of your annual mileage before buying a plug-in hybrid, especially if overall running costs are a concern. Still, we'll always recommend one over most petrol or diesel cars if you're more concerned about environmental impact. The fully electric Mercedes EQA will be even cheaper to run, but costs around £4,000 more to buy.
Mercedes GLA hybrid insurance group
The GLA hybrid falls into insurance groups 34 to 35 depending on exact specification, which is pretty high for a small SUV. Insurers tend to ask more when covering cars with electric motors, batteries and other pieces of high-tech equipment – these tend to be more expensive to fix when something goes wrong, and cars fitted with them tend to be more expensive.
The Mercedes GLA 250 e is covered by a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. For context, BMW’s cover is identical, while Audi and Volvo each offer three-year warranties capped at 60,000 miles. Mercedes covers the car's battery for 62,000 miles or six years, which is a little on the low side compared to some brands.
Exact servicing information isn't available yet, but Mercedes offers free roadside assistance and its ServiceCare system, which allows you to budget by spreading the cost out monthly or making a single annual payment.
Thanks to the low emissions, the GLA 250 e will cost nothing to tax in the first year. However, because it breaches the premium rate for cars with a list price of more than £40,000, you’ll have to pay £560 in years two to six of ownership.
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 & insurance - currently readingThe 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 & comfortAvailable 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