Compare 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA | North Olmstead, OH

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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Crossover SUVs are one of the fastest growing categories of cars, and it’s no wonder, as they typically pack the interior space and carrying capacity of a larger SUV with superior performance, fuel efficiency and safety. However, the term crossover is thrown away quite often these days and many manufacturers now use it to describe much larger vehicles that are technically an SUV. That being said, the Mercedes-Benz GLA is one crossover that truly deserves the name.

The GLA is technically a compact crossover and is the smallest SUV Mercedes-Benz produces. Although the interior might be a bit cramped for a large family on longer trips, it is a fantastic fit for active families that wish to spend their weekends out in Mother Nature or exploring the open road. Plus, the fact that it’s a Mercedes-Benz means that you can also expect plenty of style and a range of luxury amenities that place it in a category above most other compact crossovers.

All of this makes the Mercedes-Benz GLA an excellent option. However, if you’re currently considering a new GLA, it’s important to know the differences between the 2017 and 2018 models. This way you can better determine if the various upgrades Mercedes-Benz made to the 2018 GLA justify its slightly higher price or if you’d be better off sticking with the 2017 model.


The overall performance of the 2018 GLA hasn’t changed much from the 2017 model. Both models still feature a unique comfort suspension for smoother off-road driving and Mercedes-Benz offers the same two engine configurations on the 2018 GLAs as it did on the 2017 models. This means that the GLA 250 has a turbocharged 208-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, while the AMG GLA 45 is powered by a turbocharged 375-horsepower 4-cylinder.

Handling is another area where the 2017 and 2018 GLA models excel, as both models are incredibly responsive. Combine this with the overall power and performance and the result is a fun, sporty ride that far outperforms most other crossovers.


Both the 2017 and 2018 GLAs have plenty of style to spare, and in truth, there aren’t that many differences between the two in terms of appearance. That being said, Mercedes-Benz did make a few changes to the 2018 model that add to its overall sleekness. This includes more streamlined front and rear bumpers. As well, the 2018 GLA also comes with several new wheel designs for you to choose from and is also available in a new Canyon Beige color.


As a European car, the Mercedes-Benz GLA isn’t tested by any US safety-rating agencies. However, the 2017 GLA received the highest 5-star safety rating by Euro NCAP safety agency. This is in part thanks to standard safety features like front, side and rear airbags and anti-lock brakes, but also due to its more innovative features like Electronic Stability Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Change Monitor and Rollover Protection System.

Still, Mercedes-Benz has taken things one step further by including several new safety features in the 2018 GLA. Among these new features is an active-braking assist technology that can automatically brake in order to prevent or lessen the impact of a collision. As well, the 2018 GLA also monitors your steering behavior and can warn you when it detects that you might be taking your attention off of driving. With these two features, the 2018 GLA can even more effectively ensure that you reach your destination unharmed.

As the differences between the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA and the 2017 GLA are quite minimal, the choice between the two is really a matter of personal preference. Nonetheless, if you’re considering the GLA or any other Mercedes-Benz, we’d like to invite you to take one for a test drive to see just how much fun cruising around in a Mercedes-Benz can be.