If you’re in the market for a compact SUV, Mercedes might have just the answer that you’re looking for with its new Mercedes-Benz GLA. Stylishly sleek, the GLA combines the right amount of sportiness with comfort, making it the perfect option for those who live in the city or for a small family.
The GLA presents beautifully with a sophisticated style that is vaguely reminiscent of its sister vehicle, the A-Class hatch. Mercedes have continued this theme to the interior, providing the GLA with an internal layout that is at home in any of the Mercedes family. The revised design, with a larger rear window and reversing camera and parking sensors as standard, gives the vehicle a slightly more useable boot.
Drive-wise, the GLA doesn’t disappoint either. With a ‘comfort’ suspension, which is fitted to both the GLA 200 and the GLA 250, the vehicle gives passengers a drive that is memorable for all the right reasons. The GLA 200’s 100kW turbo diesel engine provides an ample distribution of pulling power which results in an easy ride, be it around town or on a freeway. The seven speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox operates with a smooth shift, without any of the shuddering which may be found in similar gearboxes.
The GLA is designed to sit solidly on the road and Mercedes have ensured that all of its systems, both mechanical and electronic, work together seamlessly to ensure it stays right where it should.
Combining all the class and comfort that are associated with Mercedes, the GLA is a welcome addition to its family. All three GLA models, the GLA200, GLA250 and GLA45 AMG, are built to work, handling inner city driving, weekend ‘warrior’ work and family taxi runs with ease.