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Much of the Mercedes-Benz luxury SUV lineup is quite expensive — and not affordable for most automotive shoppers. There’s a reasonably-priced model, though: the subcompact 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. It’s the cheapest new Mercedes-Benz SUV. And the GLA is a bigger bargain for the 2024 model year with a new design and features.

2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is the most affordable new Mercedes-Benz SUV

Rear angle view of red 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class subcompact luxury SUV, most affordable new Mercedes-Benz SUV
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class | Mercedes-Benz

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class starts at $37,500 MSRP, which makes it the cheapest new Mercedes-Benz luxury SUV available in America. For starting cost, it’s $2,300 less than the next most affordable one — the 2023 GLB-Class ($39,800 MSRP), which is also a subcompact. 

View the cheapest new Mercedes-Benz SUVs:

  1. 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA: $37,500 MSRP
  2. 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB: $39,800 MSRP
  3. 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB: $52,750 MSRP
  4. 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC: $54,700 MSRP
  5. 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE: $57,700 MSRP
  6. 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV: $77,900 MSRP
  7. 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLS: $81,000 MSRP
  8. 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: $104,400 MSRP
  9. 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: $139,900 MSRP
  10. 2023 Mercedes-Maybach GLS: $170,000 MSRP

Some of these new Mercedes-Benz luxury SUVs have a high price, including three that cost over $100,000: the EQS SUV, G-Class, and Mercedes-Maybach GLS. However, the GLA is an affordable option for luxury SUV shoppers. 

2024 GLA-Class has a new design and technologies

Front angle view of redesigned 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class subcompact luxury SUV, cheapest new Mercedes-Benz SUV
2024 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class | Mercedes-Benz

For the 2024 model year, the GLA-Class has a refreshed design. While not a complete overhaul, the new design gives it a stylish new look. This includes a revised grille and front bumper, as well as new headlights and taillights. Additionally, there are three new wheel choices. Plus, the affordable subcompact luxury SUV has a new exterior paint color option: Spectral Blue Metallic.

The enhancements continue into the cabin, which is more technologically advanced. It comes standard with dual 10.3-inch screens, which were optional for the outgoing model. Also, the infotainment system is more capable, courtesy of the latest generation of MBUX software. Plus, Mercedes-Benz added a new USB-C port, which has more power for charging. Additionally, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are newly available features.

For interior color options, the standard 2024 GLA model offers two choices: Macchiato Beige and Black. Also, the high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLA35 variant offers four cabin colors. 

Upgraded engine options for the 2024 GLA-Class

Dashboard in redesigned 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
2024 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class | Mercedes-Benz

The 2024 GLA-Class also has upgraded engine options. The standard model features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a new 48-volt hybrid system. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it generates 221 horsepower. Also, per Car and Driver, the new hybrid system, as well as a new belt-driven starter-generator, should result in more athletic driving dynamics for the subcompact luxury SUV. Customers have a choice of front-wheel drive or a traction-enhancing all-wheel drive system. 

Like the standard model, the AMG GLA35 variant adds a 48-volt hybrid system, augmenting power to a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Paired with an AMG 8G dual-clutch transmission, the hybrid engine churns out 302 horsepower — resulting in a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.1 seconds for the high-performance luxury SUV. All AMG GLA35 models come standard with all-wheel drive. Also, it features an AMG Performance Steering wheel, along with a specially-tuned suspension to elevate the driving excitement. 

As the cheapest new Mercedes-Benz SUV, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a rare model from the German automaker that’s economically accessible for many automotive customers. The price information is not yet available for the redesigned 2024 model. However, since it’s the entry-level luxury SUV model in America, this relative affordability will undoubtedly continue.


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