Mercedes GLA

Mercedes GLA information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Merc’s baby SUV. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the GLA car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

Background

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is the smallest SUV the company makes - and a member of the swelling A-class family. That means you can spec it in front- or four-wheel drive, and with a variety of petrol and diesel engines, culminating in the GLA45 AMG. For more information on the Mercedes GLA, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test

This car continues the general trend of the A-class family: it’s a neat enough drive and packs some clever technological surprises, but it lacks any real sparkle in the driving dymamics. ‘It’s accomplished if a little uninspired,’ we noted when we first drove it. That’s not to detract from a focus on refinement and comfort, though. While we didn’t enjoy driving it as much as some rivals, we actually thought the added ride height and different suspension settings improved the ride quality over the sometimes crashy A-class hatchback. Just remember to sense-check your wheel and chassis settings to get the best from the comfort on offer. The interior is a nice place to sit and feels well crafted; you’ll feel smugger than a Yeti owner would.  

The one we’d buy

GLA200 Bluetec

The one we’d avoid like the plague

GLA45 AMG

Rivals to consider

Audi Q3, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Qashqai

For 

Lovely cabin, comfort, zeitgesity positioning

Against

Not much more practical than the hatchback, steep prices

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