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Mercedes-Benz GLA250, an elegant SUV (pictures)

The 2015 GLA250, a new compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz, delivers on style and self-driving tech, while offering cabin appointments worthy of the brand.

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The new GLA250, a compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz, offers all-wheel drive and hatchback practicality.

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Headlight casings include distinctive LED running lights.

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The turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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A forward-facing camera and radar enables adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

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The GLA250 offers room for five plus cargo space.

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The all-wheel-drive system biases torque to the front wheels, but can shift up to 50 percent torque to the rear wheels.

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The cargo area offers 42 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down.

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An available panoramic sunroof sheds light on front and rear seats.

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Power adjustable front seats increase comfort for passengers.

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Rear-seat headroom and legroom is adequate for most people.

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Cabin design meets expectations for a premium-level car.

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Electric power steering makes for direct and linear steering assist.

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This example of the GLA250 lacks the optional navigation system, but still includes an LCD for audio and phone systems.

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This jog dial and back button control onscreen menus.

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Although not a serious offroader, Mercedes-Benz includes this screen showing the GLA250's roll and pitch angles.

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A full-featured hands-free Bluetooth phone system comes standard.

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Among the standard audio sources are HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming and a USB port, but no iOS integration.

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The audio playback screen shows album art, when available.

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The base audio system is very good, with emphasis on bass response.

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