Longer and lower than many of its counterparts, the GLA boasts a look that is simultaneously refined and rugged appearance. The beefy front profile is dominated by the wide, chrome-barred grille, which sits between angular headlights bordered with LED daytime running lights. Metal-finish bodyguards on the front and rear bumpers and cladding along the flanks, along with the 18” or 19” alloy wheels, emphasise the powerful image projected by the car.
A high seating position gives the driver excellent visibility, whilst the 2699mm wheelbase allows ample legroom for passengers in both the front and rear. Storage space is also impressive at 481 litres, and a compliant suspension contributes to notable ride quality and a minimum of body roll. The ergonomically-excellent seats, meanwhile, are available in Artico leather. Two-zone automatic climate control and a Nappa leather-trimmed steering wheel accentuate the cabin’s impressive build quality.
Buyers of the GLA can choose between 2.2 litre diesel engines supplying 134bhp or 168bhp, or a still more powerful 2.0 litre petrol unit with 208bhp. The latter offers a blistering turn of pace, thrusting the vehicle to 62mph from a standing start in 6.6 seconds – an astonishing figure for even a compact SUV. Combined fuel consumption and CO2 output are 45.3mpg and 153g/km respectively – modest figures for an engine capable of such performance. The smaller diesel unit, for its part, manages combined fuel economy of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of just 115g/km.
The 4Matic four-wheel drive system and ABS brakes, along with a capable Electronic Stability Programme with Acceleration Skid Control, allows drivers to keep control of the GLA in the worst weather conditions and on the most treacherous road surfaces. The Collision Prevention Assist Plus suite, which sounds a warning when you come too close to another vehicle, is also standard; so is Attention Assist, which performs a similar function when signs of driver fatigue are detected. Driver, passenger, driver’s knee, side and window airbags help to shield occupants from any harm in the event of a collision.
A sophisticated media interface compatible with an array of portable media devices is standard to all models, as well as a Garmin Map Pilot navigation system. The manufacturer’s six-speaker sound system, meanwhile, gives you crystal-clear listening quality whilst on the move.
Contact your nearest Drayton Mercedes-Benz showroom to discover the Mercedes GLA in further detail. Our experienced staff will be glad to give you a tour of the vehicle or take you for a test drive.