As a part of the “Multimedia Package” ($2,480), my test car also had a seven-inch screen in the center of the dash to house Mercedes’ “COMAND System.” But don’t try to touch it because it’s not a touchscreen — thank the fussy German engineers who don’t want your oily hands dirtying their screen.
But, the COMAND knob in the center console didn’t really make me miss having a touchscreen. Navigating around the system was fairly easy. At the top of the screen there are categories such as “Navigation,” “Phone” and “Audio” to help organize content.
Graphics on the system are nicely displayed. The Navigation map has nice easy to read graphics. The radio has a cool retro illustration when tuning the radio and when you’re playing music off of your phone, COMAND displays the song’s album artwork.
Under the “System” tab, there’s a hidden gem (if equipped with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system ($2,000)) where a digitalized GLA displays things such as your steering angle, tilt angle and grade percentage. All this is cool and great but I can’t imagine many GLA owners will do much — if any — off-roading beyond running over pebbles in the mall parking lot.
But, by far, the best feature of the interior is the “Harmon/Kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System,” a part of the Premium Package ($2,300). Turning up the volume, I was blown away by the way music sounded. Voices come in extremely clear. The bass can be well heard and felt without it distorting the music.
Because it has surround sound, I felt encapsulated by each song. For instance you may hear the vocals in the front speakers and other instruments such as drums behind you. I even sat in the backseat to see how the experience would differ. It was eargasmic.