The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 e Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 e Plug-In Hybrid SUV
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 15.6 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 61 km
Tailpipe emissions: 31g (CO2/km)

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The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 e PHEV

Mercedes-Benz, simply known as Mercedes, is a leading global luxury automative manufacturer based in Germany. The company is headquartered in Stuttgart and is famed for its high quality passenger vehicles, to include the Mercedes-Maybach. However, the company is also a leader in manufacturing commercial vehicles, to include the plug-in Mercedes eSprinter commercial EV and the plug-in Mercedes eVito electric van.

Mercedes-Benz EQ is the sub-brand used by the company for its portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The pure electric cars are branded as EQ, while the PHEVs are branded as EQ Power. The mild hybrid vehicles are branded as EQ Boost. The PHEV portfolio includes:

  • Mercedes A-Class Hatchback PHEV
  • Mercedes A-Class Saloon PHEV
  • Mercedes B-Class Hatchback PHEV
  • Mercedes C-Class Saloon PHEV
  • Mercedes C-Class Estate PHEV
  • Mercedes E-Class Saloon PHEV
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate PHEV
  • Mercedes S-Class Saloon PHEV
  • Mercedes CLA Coupé PHEV
  • Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake PHEV
  • Mercedes GLA SUV PHEV
  • Mercedes GLC SUV PHEV
  • Mercedes GLC Coupé PHEV
  • Mercedes GLE SUV PHEV
  • Mercedes GLE Coupé PHEV

The Mercedes-Benz GLA premium compact SUV was introduced in 2013. It is the smallest SUV offered by the German manufacturer. The GLA PHEV SUV is also available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant. For those keen to make a switch to electric cars, but prefer the first step as a plug-in hybrid, the Mercedes GLA PHEV is certainly an entry-level option to consider.

The electric motor (75 kW) is coupled with a 1.3-litre (4 -cylinder) petrol engine (system output: 218 bhp/ 450 Nm), seamlessly combining the benefits of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The overall performance of the EV is not shabby. The PHEV has a top speed up to 220 km/h (electric mode: 140 km/h) and can achieve 0-100 km/h in 7.1 seconds. The EV is only available as a front-wheel drive (FWD).

The plug-in compact SUV has a 15.6 kWh onboard EV battery with a WLTP certified zero-emission electric range up to 61 km. Expect a real-world range closer to 50 km, due to a number of factors, to include: driving profile, number of passengers, road conditions, weather and more. In any case, for urban driving and shorter motorway commutes the electric range is sufficient.

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which again is as easy as charging a smart phone. The EV can be charged at home via a dedicated EV charger like the myenergi zappi residential charger. The EV has a 7.4 kW AC onboard charger. Most homes in Ireland are single-phase (7.4 kW), therefore expect the EV battery to be fully charged in 1 hours and 45 minutes. The PHEV is not capable of DC charging. Not all plug-in electric cars are capable of DC fast charging.

Using a domestic 3-PIN socket will take up to 5 hours 30 mins. However, we at e-zoomed discourage the use of domestic sockets for charging EVs. Mercedes offers a warranty up to 6 years or 100,000 km for the EV battery.

Using the electric mode, also improves the overall efficiency of the vehicle. Mercedes claims a fuel economy up to 1.3 l/100km for the PHEV. Of course, the real-world fuel economy will be less efficient, but far improved compared to the fuel economy of the conventional petrol variant (6.7 l/100km).

The compact e-SUV is practical, despite the smaller boot space (445 L), compared to the conventional ICE variant, and is a good all-rounder PHEV. The interior is finished to a high specification and is technology-laden, to include, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) in car infotainment system. MBUX can be voice activated, personalised and uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn and adapt over time. It is able to predict personal habits, such as navigation for frequently-driven routes, or the radio stations etc. The exterior of the SUV does not disappoint either. Bottom-line, it is an attractive styled crossover SUV.

Electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

An attractive exterior design and high interior qualityIs not available as a four-wheel drive
Respectable EV range (up to 61 km)Cheaper SUV PHEVs available
Decent boot spaceNot capable of fast DC charging


The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 e PHEV (credit: Mercedes)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:SUV
Engine:Petrol/ Electric
Available In Ireland:No

Variants (1 Option)
GLA 250 e PHEV (from € N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 15.6 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 7.4 kW AC (10% – 100%: 1 hr 45 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:31g (CO2/km)
Warranty:6 years or 100,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state-of-charge

Height (mm):1609
Width (mm):2020
Length (mm):4410
Wheelbase (mm):2729
Turning Circle (m):11.4
Boot capacity (L):445

GLA 250 e Exclusive Edition
EV Battery Capacity:15.6 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):61 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.4
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):1.3
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 7.4 kW AC (10% – 100%: 1 hr 45 mins)
Top Speed:220 km/h (electric mode: 140 km/h)
0-100 km/h:7.1 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):75
Max Power (hp):218 (system output)
Torque (Nm):450 (system output)
Kerb Weight (kg):1,775
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Longest Range Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars: Top 5

The continued improvement in the development of electric cars is not limited to only pure electric cars, also known as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). In fact, we have also witnessed improvements for the latest-generation of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). In particular, increased range and lower emissions.

In the list below of longest-range PHEVs, all EVs have a claimed WLTP e-range over 100 km. Leading the pack is the Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid with an emission-free electric range up to 114 km. In regards to tailpipe emissions, Mercedes PHEVs top the list with tailpipe emissions as low as 13g (CO2/km), significantly lower compared to the conventional petrol or diesel variants!

Though historically, plug-in hybrids have played an important role in the migration from conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel vehicles to all-electric cars, given the significant improvement in the e-range of pure electric cars, the role of PHEVs has reduced in importance. We can expect this trend to continue, as automotive manufacturers focus on developing and delivering pure electric cars. We at e-zoomed expect plug-in hybrid cars to become redundant in due course.

In general, we recommend buying a pure electric car, however, with those with very limited access to EV charging infrastructure and need to drive long distance on a regular basis, to consider a PHEV. Do keep in mind, for most families, day-to-day driving needs are limited to short journeys i.e. school runs, grocery store, gym, work, high street etc. Most of the latest-generation of pure electric cars can meet this need!

Brand/ ModelBattery Size (kWh)Electric Range (WLTP)Tailpipe Emissions (CO2/km)Body Type
Mercedes-Benz C Class Plug-In Hybrid25.4 kWh104 km13g (CO2/km)Estate
Mercedes-Benz C Class Plug-In Hybrid 25.4 kWh110 km13g (CO2/km)Saloon
Mercedes-Benz S Class Plug-In Hybrid 28.6 kWh101 km19g (CO2/km)Saloon
Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid38.2 kWh114 km20 – 18g (CO2/km)SUV
Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid 38.2 kWh112 km21 – 18g (CO2/km)SUV

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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