You Are What You Drive – A Bottom LineReview
The Bottom Line: SUV’s, trucks and crossover are selling at a fantastic rate today. Since the take rate of this segment is now over 50% of all vehicles sold, every manufacturer has to have several models of SUVs to sell, just to stay in business. Mercedes now has 6 different SUV models to choose from. Leading the way is the 2021 GLA250 as their newest, and least expensive, compact SUV.
The MBZ SUV lineup starts with the GLA at $36,230, and goes up to the G-Class with a base price of $130,900. In between there are 4 more SUV and 2 crossover models with ascending price points along the way. The new for 2021 GLA250 has 4 different equipment levels, and prices to choose from, plus options.
Mercedes Benz is the King of Options, as every vehicle they sell can be ordered with thousands of dollars of options to add to, over and above the base model price. Mercedes lets you pick what you want to add to any of their cars, SUVs and crossovers. You can always add 40% to 50%, or more, in options in dollars, over and above the base window sticker price.
Case in Point: This week Mercedes Benz sent me a 2021 GLA250 4MATIC SUV to test drive and review. This AWD edition starts with a base price of $38,230. The list of 18 individual option packages came to a grand total of $16,305. As labeled the option list added 43% of the base price, to the overall price. The total MSRP manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including the $1,050 destination charge came to: $55,585.
So, how did we get from $38 Grand to over $55 Grand? Let’s take a look at the list of options that are on this new for 2021 Mercedes GLA250 4MATIC SUV. We start with:
Titanium Grey and Black leather Interior – $1,450
Natural Grain Black Linden Wood Trim – $325
Multifunction Sports Leather Steering Wheel – $360
20″ AMG Multi Spoke Black Alloy Wheels – $1,050
Panorama Tinted Glass Sunroof – $1,500
Active Suspension with Adjustable Damping – $990
SiriusXM Radio with Free Trial Period – $460
Burmester Surround Sound Audio System – $850
Heated Front Leather Seats – $500
64 Color Interior Ambient Lighting – $310
The Wireless Charging Pad – $200
A USB-C Adapter Cable – $25
Driver Assistance Active Brake Package – $1,700
Exterior LED Lighting Package – $900
Multimedia Package with Navigation – $1,295
Night Time High Gloss Black Out Trim Package – $400
AMG Body Lines, Grill, Lettering, Styling Package – $2,240
Premium Power Package with a 10.25″ Center Display Screen – $1,750
The total of these 18 option packages came to: $16,305. Add in the base price of $38,230 plus the $1,050 delivery charge, and the total window sticker price is: $55,585.
In the Mercedes Benz SUV lineup there are now a total of 6 models with 22 base trim and equipment levels to start from. Along the way you can add thousands of dollars worth of high tech, comfort, power, convenience and appearance groups, to make your MBZ stand …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment