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Mercedes-Benz GLA: Mercedes Answer to the Compact SUV

The Mercedes-Benz GLA was introduced as a concept in 2013 to the Mercedes SUV range. The GLA shares very similar visual qualities to the A Class but stands a bit taller, with a bigger body, allowing more room in the boot and rear passenger seats. It has since developed into an increasingly popular vehicle which offers a great range of engine sizes and trim levels. [SEE: Mercedes-Benz GLA Car Leasing Offers]

Whilst it carries a lot of qualities from the A-Class, the GLA brings style, a higher driving position and added comfort. With the SUV market expanding, it was only right for Mercedes to bring their take out on the compact SUV market.

Here's everything you need to know about the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Mercedes-Benz GLA: Safety Features

A solid interior quality is what gives this vehicle its luxury feel. The large, sport-like seats come with artico (artificial) leather. The rear seats offer enough space to fit two adults fairly comfortably. Some standard and optional features include the Keyless-GO starting function and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A reversing camera and off-road comfort suspension is also included as standard.

If you opted for a premium package for £1695, you could get the Garmin satellite navigation, parking pilot, LED high performance headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist. If you spend £2,995 however, you will be able to have the Premium Plus package which includes all of the above with addition of Keyless-GO Comfort Package and traction in all conditions.

The boot offers 421 litres, rising to 836 litres with the rear seats faced down. There isn't a space for a spare wheel however. That being said, you wouldn't expect this in an SUV, but because the GLA is a crossover, we can forgive it for sitting that one out.

Mercedes-Benz GLA: Trims and Engines

The GLA comes with 7 different engine specifications such as the following:

GLA Urban Edition
Total Price £23,875

Fuel Type: Premium
Power: Kw90 (HP 122) 4 Cylinder
CO2 emissions combined: 158g/km
Transmission: 5-speed manual

GLA 200 SE
Total Price £25,655

Fuel Type: Premium
Power: kW 115 (HP 156) 4 Cylinder
CO2 emissions combined: 151 g/km
Transmission: 6-speed manual

GLA 200 Sport
Total Price £26,650

Fuel Type: Premium
Power: kW 115 (HP 156) 4 Cylinder
CO2 emissions combines: 151 g/km
Fuel consumption combined: 42.9 mpg
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Total Price £27,945
Fuel Type:
Power: kW 115 (HP 156) 4 cylinder
CO2 emissions combines: 153 g/km
Fuel consumption combines: 42.2
Transmission: 6-speed manual

GLA 250 4MATIC Sport
Total Price £32,390
Fuel Type:
Power: kW 155 (HP211) 4 Cylinder
CO2 Emissions Combines: 169 g/km
Fuel Consumption Combined: 38.2 mpg
Transmission: 7G-DCT Automatic

Total Price £33,685
Fuel Type:
Power: Kw 155 (HP 211) 4 Cylinder
CO2 Emissions Combined: 169 g/km
Fuel Consumption Combined: 38.2 mpg
Transmission: 7G-DCT Automatic

Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC
Total Price £45,755
Fuel Type:
Power:Kw 280 (HP 381) 4 Cylinder
CO2 Emissions Combined: 193 g/km
Fuel Consumption Combined: 33.3mpg
Transmission: 7G-DCT Automatic
0-60mph: 4.8 Seconds

The suspension is much softer in the GLA than the A-Class, which does tend to help make longer journeys more comfortable. If you also consider its convenient driving position and responsive steering, you can expect to feel the benefits of driving an SUV Benz whilst also keeping it compact.

[SEE: Mercedes-Benz Car Leasing Offers]

As for the standard equipment there are three trim levels on offer: SE, Sport and AMG Line. Entry-level kit includes 17in alloy wheels, active brake assist and off-road suspension set-up on the outside as standard, while inside there is a leather upholstery, reversing camera, extensive cubbyholes, air conditioning, and Mercedes' Audio 20 infotainment system. The mid-range Sport models gain bigger alloys, aluminium roof rails, privacy glass, automatic wipers, climate control and an 8.0in infotainment display.

Mercedes-Benz GLA: Safety Features

5 Star Euro NCAP reward (2014)

96% Adult Occupant
88% Child Occupant
67% Pedestrian
70% Safety Assist

Safety features such as Pre Safe will prepare you and the car if an accident should occur. Attention Assist is a feature which alerts you if you are becoming drowsy when driving. Collision Prevention Assist is a feature that will detect the threat of a front-end collision and will automatically apply the brakes. Pedestrian Protection is a safety feature which lifts the bonnet when a pedestrian or cyclist comes into contact with the front of the vehicle.

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Posted on 4th October 2018 at 4:38 PM

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